August 31, 2013, 10:10 PM

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Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
Compliance vs. Complicity … There's an old saying that it's far better to ask for forgiveness than for permission.  I've seen the many, many statements by Google, Microsoft and everyone else about how they really want to tell everyone just how bad these government demands for information are …
More: ZDNetTweets: @karaswisher and @tolles
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.
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
A rare defense of venture capital classic  —  One of our most popular stories this week was about the future of venture capital.  It traced the asset class's history from its boutique roots to the age of mega-brands to the rage around international expansion and into the last few years of microVCs, super angels, and accelerators.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Rich people behaving rich  —  Farhad Manjoo, a tech writer at Slate, wrote a piece about Valleywag yesterday.  —  The point of the piece, as I read it, is that Valleywag writes about the follies of rich people behaving rich, and as vain, flawed human beings like the rest of us.  I like what Valleywag is doing.
Tweets: @davewiner
Washington Post:
U.S. spy agencies mounted 231 offensive cyber-operations in 2011, documents show  —  U.S. intelligence services carried out 231 offensive cyber-operations in 2011, the leading edge of a clandestine campaign that embraces the Internet as a theater of spying, sabotage and war …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google:
Motorola X will drop to $99 on plan and gain at least 4 wood-grained backs in Q4  —  According to @evleaks, Motorola's Moto X phone will drop to $99.99 on a two year plan in Quarter 4 (which starts at the end of September).  In addition, those wood grain backs will make an appearance and cost an extra $50 …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Doctape Launches Standalone File Viewer App For iOS With Support For 80+ File Types  —  German cloud storage and file management startup doctape has launched a new standalone iOS app aimed at making it easier for iPhone and iPad users to view file types not supported natively by iOS.
Matt Buchanan / New Yorker:
Syria's Other Army: How the Hackers Wage War  —  At 5:41 P.M. on Tuesday, a tweet from the account of the hacker collective known as the Syrian Electronic Army, which supports the regime of Syria's President, Bashar al-Assad, said, “Media is going down...” It had been a couple of hours since …
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 …
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 …

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