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August 30, 2013, 12:25 PM

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Patrick Gray / Wired:
Tech Companies and Government May Soon Go to War Over Surveillance  —  Everyone assumes that technology companies like Apple, Facebook, and Google don't care that their customers are being spied on.  I don't believe that's true.  —  On the very day the media dropped detailed documents …
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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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.
@cnbc:
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Nokia unveils its connected car platform: Here Auto  —  After years of being the auto industry's mapmaker, Nokia on Friday announced its intention to become a much bigger technological force in the vehicle.  Nokia took the wraps off of Here Auto, an embedded infotainment and connected car system …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft makes latest Surface price cuts permanent  —  Summary: Microsoft is cutting prices on Surface Pro, Surface RT and touch covers and making those cuts permanent, rather than promotional.  —  Microsoft has made previously temporary price-cut promotions for its Surface devices permanent.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
More Galaxy Gear details leak: 10 hour battery life, two storage options  —  We've already heard most of the details on Samsung's smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear, but there's still room (and time) for some more information.  The latest leaks from AmongTech confirm what our sources have told us but with the addition of a few more tidibts.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Bloomberg:
Carl Icahn Increases Nuance Stake, May Seek Board Seat  —  Billionaire investor Carl Icahn boosted his stake in Nuance Communications Inc. (NUAN) and may seek to put a representative on the board of the speech-recognition software maker.  —  Funds controlled by Icahn, including Icahn Partners LP …
More: ZDNet
Joanna Stern / ABC News:
Twitter Conversations New Blue Line Causing Many Twitter Users to Feel Blue … Twitter made some updates on Wednesday to its apps and its website, as it does from time to time.  The biggest change was intended to make it easier to keep up with conversations on the social network.
Harry Brignull / The Verge:
Dark Patterns: inside the interfaces designed to trick you  —  These carefully crafted elements are built to misdirect and confuse  —  Harry Brignull is a London, UK-based independent user experience designer with a PhD in cognitive science.  He is also the founder of Dark Patterns …
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Michael Steeber / 9to5Mac:
Gold, Graphite iPhone 5S shells shown on video, structure compared to iPhone 5  —  In what seems to be a never-ending string of “gold” iPhone 5S part leaks, new high-quality videos analyze what appear to be legitimate rear shells for the upcoming iPhone 5S...
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
Forget 1TB, China's Tencent is giving away 10TB worth of free cloud storage  —  Yesterday we reported that Chinese tech giants Baidu and Qihoo 360 are currently courting users with 1TB of free space, putting the free space given by Dropbox, Box and Microsoft to shame.
BBC:
Amazon to alter pricing policy for traders  —  Online retailer Amazon is to alter its pricing policy for third-party traders amid investigations in the UK and Germany.  —  It will drop a clause banning traders signed up to its Marketplace platform from offering products elsewhere for cheaper.
Alexander C. Kaufman / International Business Times:
Exclusive: Aereo To Launch On Android In September, Says CEO  —  Aereo uses tiny antennas to pick up over-the-air signals and beam them to subscribers' iPads and computers.  Courtesy of Aereo  —  Aereo, the upstart television streaming service, plans to launch its product on Android devices in September …

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