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August 13, 2014, 7:50 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.
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 …
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.
Cam Bunton / TmoNews:
T-Mobile to throttle customers who use unlimited LTE data for torrents/p2p  —  In an internal memo to staff, it's been revealed that T-Mobile is going to clamp down on users taking advantage of their unlimited 4G/LTE plans for peer-to-peer file sharing and other misuse of their data allowance.
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 …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Microsoft updates Bing's conversational understanding to let you ask follow-up questions, just like Cortana  —  Microsoft today updated Bing with a very interesting new feature that builds on its investments in entity and conversational understanding.  In short, you can now ask follow-up questions that reference your previous question.
Eugene Kim / Business Insider:
Google, HP in partnership talks to make Google Now a tool for searching company information  —  Google Is Chasing Apple's Mega Deal With IBM  —  Google is in talks with HP to make a bigger push for Android in the enterprise.  —  According to The Information, Google's Android unit …
Tricia Duryee / GeekWire:
Amazon makes an undisclosed investment in cloud services company Acquia  —  Amazon has made a rare investment in Acquia, a Burlington, Mass.-based digital marketing company that operates on Amazon's cloud services.  The undisclosed investment piggybacks on a $50 million round closed …
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.
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 …
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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 …
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.
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon Launches A Live App Testing Service For Android And Kindle Fire Developers  —  Apple acquired TestFlight, a popular mobile app testing service earlier this year, and today Amazon is stepping up to compete with its own mobile app testing service aimed at developers targeting the Amazon Appstore.
Leo Kelion / BBC:
Michael J Fox Foundation and Intel using big data and wearable sensors to track Parkinson's  —  Michael J Fox Foundation tests sensors to track Parkinson's  —  Michael J Fox's charity backed the study, but he is not personally involved in the tests  —  The Michael J Fox Foundation …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Facebook launches cross-device reporting for ads, lets marketers track users across mobile apps and the Web  —  Facebook today launched a new feature for advertisers: cross-device reporting for ads.  In short, marketers can now see where users saw an ad and where they converted, across mobile apps and the Web.

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