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August 30, 2013, 9:15 PM

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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Scoop: Google acquired WIMM Labs to bolster its own smartwatch plans  —  Watch out, Samsung: Google has some smartwatch development projects of its own, and it quietly snapped up Los Altos, Calif.-based WIMM Labs last year to kickstart these efforts.  WIMM Labs not only gives Google the talent …
Brad Smith / TechNet Blogs:
Standing Together for Greater Transparency  —  General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft  —  To followers of technology issues, there are many days when Microsoft and Google stand apart.  But today our two companies stand together.
Kelli B. Grant / CNBC:
Apple's iPhone trade-in program to add consumer choice  —  Apple is poised to start offering an in-store trade-in program, but consumers already have plenty of options to turn their old iPhone into cash—enough, in some cases, to get their next one for free.
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple blocking support personnel vacations from Sept. 15-28 for launch of new iPhones & iOS 7  —  AppleCare employees have been restricted from taking time off for a two-week period, from Sept. 15 through 28 — a span during which Apple is expected to launch its new iPhone lineup, as well as the revamped iOS 7 mobile operating system.
Microsoft:
Microsoft and ValueAct Capital sign cooperation agreement  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement with ValueAct Capital, a San Francisco-based investment firm with $12 billion in assets under management that beneficially owns approximately .8 percent …
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Opens Board Seat for Activist Shareholder ValueAct  —  In a first for Microsoft Corp., the company agreed to give an activist shareholder a director post early next year, an announcement that comes a week after Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said he would retire.
More: MoneyBeat
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Twitter General Counsel Alexander Macgillivray to Leave Company  —  Twitter's free speech defender is leaving the nest.  —  Alexander Macgillivray, Twitter's general counsel and chief navigator of its thorny digital First Amendment issues, is departing the company.
Evelyn M. Rusli / Digits:
Facebook Tests “Trending” Section in News Feed  —  Two months after rolling out hashtags — key words in posts that are marked by “#” - Facebook is experimenting with new ways to make them useful.  —  The social network has begun testing a “trending” topics section in the homepage news feed of its website.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Target Ticket, Target's Video Download & Rental Service, Nears Launch  —  Target's answer to Walmart's Vudu, Netflix, and iTunes, is preparing to launch.  Employees at the Minneapolis-headquartered retailer were told this week that Target Ticket, as the service is called …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Ready for smartphones with a next-generation chip?  They're right around the corner  —  Next week in Berlin there are sure to be some new smartphone announcements.  It's the annual IFA show there, along with some supplemental press events in New York City and elsewhere.
Brian Fung / The Switch:
Obama's intelligence czar vows to release his own transparency report  —  Director of National Intelligence James Clapper will begin releasing annual reports about the National Security Agency's surveillance activity in the coming months, a spokesperson for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has confirmed.

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