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August 13, 2014, 1:55 PM

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James Bamford / Wired:
Edward Snowden is extensively interviewed in Moscow by NSA whistleblower James Bamford  —  Edward Snowden: The Untold Story  —  I am staying at the Hotel Metropol, a whimsical sand-colored monument to pre-revolutionary art nouveau.  Built during the time of Czar Nicholas II …
Kim Zetter / Wired:
NSA developing “MonsterMind” system to autonomously block and retaliate against cyberattacks  —  Meet MonsterMind, the NSA Bot That Could Wage Cyberwar Autonomously  —  Edward Snowden has made us painfully aware of the government's sweeping surveillance programs over the last year.
More: The Verge and EngadgetThanks:@emilydreyfuss
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Snowden: I Left the NSA Clues, But They Couldn't Find Them  —  If the NSA still doesn't know the full extent of the greatest leak of secrets in its history, it's not because of Edward Snowden's attempts to cover his tracks.  On the contrary, the NSA's most prolific whistleblower now claims …
Dustin Volz / National Journal:
Snowden: The NSA Caused a Massive Internet Blackout in Syria  —  The National Security Agency inadvertently brought Syria's Internet to a screeching halt nationwide in 2012 after a failed attempt to hack into the war-torn country's communications data, according to a new claim by Edward Snowden.
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Amazon introduces its $10 mobile card reader, Local Register, and undercuts Square and PayPal transaction fees  —  Amazon undercuts Square and PayPal with its own mobile card reader  —  Square's grand plan to democratize credit card payments has inspired a clutch of imitators, the latest of which is Amazon.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Amazon Goes After Square in the Way It Knows Best: Pricing  —  Amazon unveiled its long-awaited credit card reader on Wednesday, pitting it against Square and other companies in the battle to provide small businesses with an easier and cheaper way to accept credit card and debit card purchases.
Victor H. / PhoneArena:
Samsung launches Galaxy Alpha, 4.7 inch, metal frame, octa-core, $689 off-contract, arrives September  —  Samsung Galaxy Alpha is now official: metal-made and the thinnest Galaxy yet  —  After months of endless leaks, rumors and speculations, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha has finally gone official.
Jim Cowie / Renesys:
Internet Touches Half Million Routes: Outages Possible Next Week  —  There was minor consternation in Internet engineering circles today, as the number of IPv4 networks worldwide briefly touched another magic “power of 2″ size limit.  As it turns out, 512K (524,288 to be exact …
Roy Goldenberg / Globes Online:
Taxi hailing app co GetTaxi raises $150m  —  The company will expand services to European cities beyond its existing operations in London, Moscow and St. Petersburg.  —  Taxi hailing app company GetTaxi has raised $150 million in a huge financing round.  The company has yet to name …
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
WeChat climbs to 438 million monthly active users, closing in on WhatsApp's 500 million  —  Tencent published its earnings today for the second quarter of 2014, revealing a new milestone for its WeChat messaging app: it has risen to 438 million monthly active users, up from 396 million the previous quarter.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Samsung may unveil VR headset at September 3 event; image shows similarities to Google's Cardboard  —  This is Samsung's VR headset  —  Samsung will be showing its rumored virtual reality headset at its upcoming product event in early September, The Verge has learned, where the company widely expected to announce the Galaxy Note 4.
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Lookout Lands $150M To Bring Mobile Security Product To Enterprise  —  Lookout, a mobile security product that to this point has been mostly geared towards consumers, announced today they had snagged $150M in Series F funding to begin focusing on enterprise customers.
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Instagram appoints Facebook's James Quarles as Global Head of Business and Brand Development  —  Instagram Hires New Ad Chief  —  Instagram is ready to make some money.  —  Facebook Regional Director James Quarles has been tapped as Instagram's new Global Head of Business and Brand Development, according to a Facebook spokesperson.
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Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
Electric Imp nets $15M to push Wi-Fi for the industrial internet  —  Electric Imp, which is inside many connected devices from Quirky's products to fun Budweiser promotional gear, has raised $15 million to tackle the industrial internet as well.  —  Electric Imp, a startup that builds Wi-Fi modules …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Programming startup Famo.us raises $25M for easy to use JavaScript framework for mobile apps  —  Programming Startup Famo.us Gets $25 Million to Make JavaScript More Famous  —  Famo.us, an unusual programming startup that allows users to make nifty mobile apps using JavaScript …
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Foursquare brings its Swarm check-in app to Windows Phone  —  As promised, Foursquare is bringing its Swarm app to Windows Phone.  The app, which allows users to check-in, organize events and see how far away their friends are, should be available to download now in the Windows Phone Store.
Sapna Maheshwari / BuzzFeed:
Hukkster's closure could have been prevented with a deal between Winklevoss and debtholders  —  Exclusive: A Standoff Between The Winklevoss Twins And Debtholders Killed Hukkster  —  Hukkster, the discount-tracking app backed by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, was dying but managed to find a savior in Marc Lore's Jet.com.
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