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August 26, 2013, 7:40 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple planning to launch iPhone trade-in program in September  —  Apple is beginning final preparations to launch an iPhone trade-in program in its retail stores as soon as next month, according to sources with knowledge of the initiative.  This trade-in program will allow customers …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia Sirius: a 10.1-inch Windows RT tablet that looks like a Lumia  —  Nokia is preparing to back Windows RT by launching a 10.1-inch tablet soon.  Sources familiar with Nokia's plans have revealed to The Verge that the tablet, codenamed Sirius, will be launched shortly.
Kurt Wagner / Mashable:
Facebook Unveils Shared Photo Albums  —  A picture's worth a thousand words, and now Facebook is letting others add to your conversation.  —  The world's largest social network announced shared photo albums on Monday, a new feature that allows multiple users to upload images to the same album.
NBC News:
How Snowden did it  —  When Edward Snowden stole the crown jewels of the National Security Agency, he didn't need to use any sophisticated devices or software or go around any computer firewall.  —  All he needed, said multiple intelligence community sources, was a few thumb drives …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google blocks Chromecast app that let you stream your own videos  —  Google hasn't provided a clear answer on whether Chromecast will eventually let users stream their own local videos and music to the TV screen.  But if early updates for the $35 dongle are any indication …
Paul Mozur / China Real Time Report:
Denial-of-Service Attack Shut Down Chinese Internet on Sunday Morning … Part of the Chinese Internet went down early Sunday morning in what the government is calling the largest denial-of-service attack it has ever faced.  —  The attack began at 2 a.m. Sunday morning and was followed …
Jason Del Rey / AllThingsD:
Google's Local Business Is “Really Struggling,” in “Constant Chaos,” Yelp CEO Tells Charlie Rose (Video)  —  Based on their relationship today, it's hard to believe that Google almost owned Yelp.  —  The acquisition never went through, and today the two companies seem firmly entrenched …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Apple Wants To Use The iPhone To Take A Bigger Bite Out Of Russia  —  With all eyes focused on what new iPhone handsets Apple may be launching very soon — if reports are to be believed, two new models, and a new color, on September 10 — some of Apple's top executives this week are making …
Bloomberg:
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Ballmer Departure From Microsoft Was More Sudden Than Portrayed by the Company  —  According to sources close to the situation, the departure of CEO Steve Ballmer from Microsoft last week was more sudden than was depicted by the company in its announcement that he would be retiring within the next year in a planned smooth transition.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
At Last, Violin Memory Files for $173 Million IPO  —  Violin Memory, the flash storage company that has been raising money like crazy, just filed to raise about $173 million in an initial public offering, according to documents submitted to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Reporters “Not Invited” as Microsoft Lays Out Its Financial Future on Sept. 19  —  With all that is going on at Microsoft these days, you would think that the company's Sep. 19 financial analysts meeting would be packed with reporters.  —  Actually, there won't be a single one.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Cloud phone systems biz RingCentral files for $100M IPO  —  Sept. 9 - 10, 2013  —  Cloud-based telephone systems business RingCentral has filed for a $100 million initial public offering, according to an S-1 filed today with the SEC.  —  RingCentral has been a leader in the cloud phone services business …
Rachel King / ZDNet:
VMware aims to define software-defined data center with new portfolio  —  Summary: The buzz around software-defined data centers is still cloudy (so to speak) for some, but it defines VMware's game plan for the near future.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — If you're still unsure about what exactly …
Agam Shah / PC World:
Intel developing 3D laptop cameras that can follow your glare and read your emotions  —  From mundane 2D devices, integrated cameras in laptops and tablets in the future will change into powerful 3D tools that can sense movement, track emotion, and even monitor reading habits of children, according to Intel.
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Hackers target, ‘deface’ Google Palestine site  —  Summary: UPDATED 3: The local Google Palestine homepage was hijacked and ‘defaced’ by hackers, who appear to be protesting the terms used in Google Maps.  —  Zack Whittaker  —  Hackers have successfully attacked Google.ps, the Palestinian version of the Google search page.
Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
Feedly Pro launches to everyone, offering search and Evernote integration for $5/month  —  RSS reader Feedly, which has emerged as the leading alternative to Google Reader, is making its paid version, Feedly Pro, available to everyone on Monday.  The general launch comes a few weeks …

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