September 12, 2013, 8:55 AM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Mark Zuckerberg on NSA spying: ‘The government blew it’  —  Facebook CEO calls for more transparency in interview at TechCrunch Disrupt  —  The federal government has done a bad job recently in balancing its job protecting US citizens from terrorism with its role in defending civil liberties …
Danny Yadron / Digits:
Apple: New iPhone Not Storing Fingerprints, Doesn't Like Sweat  —  Apple's new iPhone 5S, which comes with a fingerprint scanner, won't store actual images of users' fingerprints on the device, a company spokesman confirmed Wednesday, a decision that could ease concerns from privacy hawks.
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013 Is... Layer!  —  After three days and some truly incredible pitches from each of our 30 Battlefield competitors, the time has finally come to crown a Disrupt Battlefield champion.  Competition among this year's pack of six finalists — Dryft …
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
For Michael Dell, Saving His Deal Is Just First Step  —  His Legacy Hinges on Recasting Company as a “Solutions” Provider  —  Michael Dell is set to win a bruising, yearlong battle for control of his company.  His next task—getting Dell Inc. growing again—may be even tougher.
Ian Delaney / Nokia Conversations:
Interim CEO on Nokia's future: network business, location anywhere, and advanced technologies  —  Nokia reinvented  —  Risto Siilasmaa has been the chairman of Nokia's board since his appointment in May 2012.  A Finnish entrepreneur, the founder and chairman of the board of F-Secure …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
New Apple TV in development, could arrive as soon as next month  —  Apple is working on a new version of the Apple TV, and according to MG Siegler, it could arrive as soon as next month.  We have independently heard that a new version of the Apple TV is in development, but our sources …
Matt Brian / Engadget:
Vodafone hacker accesses banking data of two million customers in Germany  —  Vodafone has confirmed that hackers have accessed its servers in Germany, gaining access to personal information and bank details of approximately two million customers.  The operator says the breach was a …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPhone 5c Pre-Orders to Begin at 12:01 AM Pacific Time on Friday, September 13  —  While Apple announced at yesterday's media event that pre-orders for the iPhone 5c will begin on Friday, September 13, the company has not yet specified at what time it will begin taking orders.
DJ Pangburn / Motherboard:
Inside the Effort to Crowdfund NSA-Proof Email and Chat Services  —  Back in 1999, Seattle-based activists formed the communication collective  The site's email and chat services, among other tools, soon offered dissidents a means of encrypted communication essential to their work.
Michael Gorman / Engadget:
ASUS reveals Transformer Book T100 with Windows 8.1 for $349, we go hands-on  —  ASUS already added new members to its Transformer family back at Computex, and now at IDF 2013, the company's added yet another, called the Transformer Book T100.  It's got a 10.1 inch 1366 x 768 IPS display …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
An Apple ID Is Now Required For Online Genius Bar Appointments  —  Apple is now requiring that all users booking a Genius Bar appointment online sign in with an Apple ID.  Previously, users could instead fill out a form with name, address and email in order to book an appointment.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Zynga Settles With Former Employee Over Allegations of Theft of Trade Secrets  —  Zynga has reached a settlement around a lawsuit last year that accused a former general manager of “wholesale theft” of the company's trade secrets after he left for rival social gaming startup Kixeye.

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