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August 25, 2014, 12:25 PM

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Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
For sale: Systems that can secretly track where cellphone users go around the globe  —  Makers of surveillance systems are offering governments across the world the ability to track the movements of almost anybody who carries a cellphone, whether they are blocks away or on another continent.
More: EngadgetThanks:@srikardr
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
TiVo Introduces A $50 Over-The-Air DVR For The Post-Aereo Era  —  In June, the U.S. Supreme Court killed the Aereo service—which used banks of tiny antennas and a cloud-based DVR to let people redirect over-the-air TV to all their Net-connected devices—by ruling that it violated Federal copyright law.
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
T-Mobile gives ‘Simple Starter’ customers 2 GB of data for $45/month  —  T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS) is quadrupling the amount of data customers on its low-cost “Simple Starter” plans can get per month to 2 GB for $45, just $5 more than the existing plan, which offers 500 MB of data.
Chris Ip / Columbia Journalism Review:
John Siracusa's legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year  —  John Siracusa's legendary - and lengthy - Apple reviews reach their 15th year  —  Though he only writes a major story every year or two, for the last decade and a half John Siracusa has built a reputation as one of Apple's most influential critics.
Tweets: @cjr
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Xiaomi Mi4 review: China's iPhone killer is unoriginal but amazing  —  A big iPhone that runs Android ends up being the best of both worlds.  —  Xiaomi (pronounced SHAO-mee) is a complete mystery in the West.  We often hear stories about the “Apple of China” and how existing OEMs should be worried …
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Yahoo rolls out its native ad network to other publishers, including Vox Media's SB Nation  —  Here Is Yahoo's Native Ad Network  —  Content Recommendation Box on Vox Media, CBS Interactive Sites Includes Yahoo's Ads  —  Yahoo's content recommendation box places its native ads on others' sites.
Carmel DeAmicis / Gigaom:
FireChat updated with permanent, unique usernames, preventing impersonation and confusion  —  Firechat's new update makes it easier for Burners to chat their friends in the WiFi-less desert  —  FireChat's — the group chatting application that works without cell service …
More: Gizmodo
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Mozilla is launching its first Firefox OS smartphone in India this week  —  Slowly but surely, Mozilla is pushing its Firefox OS mobile operating system into new markets.  Although the nonprofit had already discussed its approach for India, today it announced it will be launching its first smartphone in the region this week.
Brad Sams / Neowin:
Windows 9 preview updates can be installed with one click, no reinstallation required  —  Windows Threshold: Rapid release is getting really interesting  —  Microsoft is working feverishly towards a release of Windows Threshold that is expected to be released late next month.

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