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September 5, 2013, 1:15 AM

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Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Samsung's Galaxy Gear is a smartwatch like no other  —  On sale for $299 in the United States from early October  —  The Galaxy Gear, Samsung's latest foray into the smartwatch category, is now official and it's quite unlike anything you've seen before.  Yes, it's a smartphone accessory …
Zach Honig / Engadget:
Samsung unveils Galaxy Gear smartwatch with 1.63-inch AMOLED touchscreen, built-in camera, 70 apps  —  This week's Galaxy Gear prototype leak didn't leave much to the imagination.  Samsung's new wearable was expected to debut with a built-in camera, speakers and a relatively clunky design …
Yahoo!:
Introducing Our New Logo!  —  We're excited to share the new Yahoo logo with you.  It will begin appearing across Yahoo properties globally tonight.  —  We wanted a logo that stayed true to our roots (whimsical, purple, with an exclamation point) yet embraced the evolution of our products.
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
How Yahoo Picked a New Look For An 18-Year-Old Brand  —  Portal's Design Team Created New Typeface for Company's Mark  —  Yahoo has refreshed its 18-year-old logo to match the nearly two-decade-old portal's ongoing makeover under CEO Marissa Mayer.  —  Capping a thirty-day campaign leading …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 is bigger, faster, thinner, and lighter, but is it any better?  —  The back cover now features faux leather and stitching, the S Pen is symmetrical, and the camera's been stepped up to 13 megapixels  —  Samsung's made an annual tradition of introducing a new Galaxy Note …
More: Engadget
Steven Musil / CNET:
Microsoft awarded $14.5M in Motorola patent licensing suit  —  In second phase of landmark patent trial, jury finds the Google handset maker in breach of contract for failing to license standard essential patents at a reasonable rate.  —  Microsoft on Wednesday won another key courtroom victory …
Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry Seeks a Sale by November  —  The Board Aims to Wrap Up Auction by November  —  Beleaguered BlackBerry Ltd., intends to run a fast auction process that could be wrapped up by November, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The smartphone maker announced in August …
TechCrunch:
Secret-Sharing App Whisper Snags $21 Million From Sequoia, Adds Roelof Botha To Its Board  —  Secret-sharing app Whisper has closed a new round of funding, bringing in $21 million at a $75 million to $100 million post money valuation.  The round, as originally reported by Om Malik …
More: VentureBeat and GigaOM
Jonah Peretti / LinkedIn:
Memo To The BuzzFeed Team  —  Earlier today I emailed all BuzzFeed employees outlining our plan for the coming year.  I wanted to all share the memo here on LinkedIn so future BuzzFeed employees could read it too.  BuzzFeed's Next Year....  Hello BuzzFeeders,
Kim Zetter / Wired:
NSA Laughs at PCs, Prefers Hacking Routers and Switches  —  The NSA runs a massive, full-time hacking operation targeting foreign systems, the latest leaks from Edward Snowden show.  But unlike conventional cybercriminals, the agency is less interested in hacking PCs and Macs.
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Surface Pro 2 Details Emerge  —  Surface Pro 2 will include an improved kickstand and internal changes  —  A Neowin post this morning details a few of the features in the next generation Surface Pro, which Microsoft will indeed call Surface Pro 2.  Here, I'd like to expand just a bit on the information Neowin provided.
Zee / The Next Web:
MyOpenID to shut down.  Will be turned off on February 1, 2014  —  MyOpenID, a service created by user management platform Janrain as a free OpenID Identity registrar/server, has announced it is shutting down.  The service will completely shut its doors on February 1st 2014.
Cliff Edwards / Bloomberg:
TV Makers Track What Viewers Watch Seeking Access to Ads  —  Televisions reaching consumers this year will be able to tell what audiences are watching and relay the information to marketers over the Web, opening the door to new ad revenue as well as privacy concerns.
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Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Apple's DRM on iTunes was not an illegal monopoly, court confirms  —  Apple, which has been hammered by a New York judge over its ebook pricing practices, got some good news this week when a California appeals court ruled that a music rights management system known as FairPlay did not break antitrust laws.

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