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July 9, 2014, 4:20 AM

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Faryaab S. / SamMobile:
Gear VR, Samsung's virtual reality headset, to launch at IFA 2014 early September  —  Exclusive: Samsung's virtual reality headset will be called Gear VR, launch at IFA 2014  —  A month ago, Engadget exclusively reported on Samsung's upcoming VR device, which is being developed in collaboration with Facebook's Oculus Rift.
First Look Media:
NSA and FBI covertly monitored emails of several Muslim-Americans, including a political candidate and civil rights activists  —  Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On  —  The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans …
Om Malik:
With Big Data Comes Big Responsibility  —  “You should presume that someday, we will be able to make machines that can reason, think and do things better than we can,” Google co-founder Sergey Brin said in a conversation with Khosla Ventures founder Vinod Khosla.
Marcus Wohlsen / Wired:
UberX now 20% cheaper in NYC, undercutting taxis, and operating at a loss to make itself too big to ban  —  Uber's Brilliant Strategy to Make Itself Too Big to Ban  —  The question of how Uber would spend its billion-dollar investment was never really much of a riddle.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Amazon offers some Hachette authors 100% of ebook sales while dispute is ongoing  —  Amazon Tries to Woo Authors in Hachette Dispute  —  Amazon, awash in negative publicity in its confrontation with Hachette over e-book terms, is seeking to break the standoff by appealing directly to the publisher's authors.
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
Samsung's basic problem: no software-based differentiation, competing on price is not enough  —  Smartphone Truths and Samsung's Inevitable Decline  —  For me, anyway, the most surprising thing about Samsung's disappointing earnings was just how surprised many folks seemed to be.
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Se Young Lee / Reuters:
AppleInsider:
Apple's second secret eBay store launches with certified refurbished, unlocked GSM iPhone 5 models  —  For the second time in as many years, Apple appears to have teamed with eBay on a low-profile Factory Outlet store to market Apple Certified Refurbished products — such as iPhones and iPads …
Horace Dediu / asymco.com:
As US smartphone penetration crosses 70%, trends suggest iPhone will fare well among late adopters  —  Late late majority  —  Seven years after the iPhone was launched, 70% of the US population is using smartphones.  Smartphones existed before the iPhone so the category is older …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
High school interns hired by Silicon Valley's tech giants can make more than US average income  —  Silicon Valley's Talent Grab Spawns High-School Interns  —  Facebook Inc. (FB) rolled out the red carpet for Michael Sayman when the social network hired him for a job that started last month …
Seth Rosenblatt / CNET:
Android's phone wiping fails to delete personal data  —  Prepping an older phone for resale or as a donation?  A study shows you'll need more than the default data wipe tools to eliminate personal data and those embarrassing selfies.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Rosetta Flash exploit can steal user data on eBay, Instagram; Google, Twitter, Tumblr patched  —  “Weaponized” exploit can steal sensitive user data on eBay, Tumblr, et al.  —  Update: Almost four hours after this article went live, a Tumblr spokeswoman e-mailed Ars to say the site has been patched against the Rosetta Flash attack.
Amir Mizroch / Wall Street Journal:
Catalonia Fines Airbnb, Threatens to Block Locals From Using Site  —  MADRID—Tapas, shopping, beaches, the famous Gaudi architecture: Catalonia, and in particular its capital Barcelona, has a lot to entice tourists with.  But a chance to live like a local and rent a room through Airbnb may soon no longer be one of them.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Uber agrees to new national policy that will limit surge pricing during emergencies  —  The taxi app falls in line with state laws that consider dynamic pricing during storms to be illegal price gouging  —  Uber is well known for using a dynamic model it calls surge pricing that adjusts the cost of a fare based on supply and demand.
MIT Technology Review:
Yahoo researchers develop algorithm to find the most beautiful route, rather than the shortest  —  Forget the Shortest Route Across A City, New Algorithm Finds The Most Beautiful  —  If you prefer beautiful routes over short ones, GPS mapping algorithms are of little use.

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