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July 3, 2013, 12:35 PM

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Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Lockdown  —  Officially, Google killed Reader because “over the years usage has declined”.1 I believe that statement, especially if API clients weren't considered “usage”, but I don't believe that's the entire reason.  —  The most common assumption I've seen others cite is that …
Alex Kantrowitz / Forbes:
Google Reader Founder: I Never Would Have Founded Reader Inside Today's Google  —  After watching Google disarm and then kill the product he launched nearly eight years ago, Google Reader founder Chris Wetherell said that if the idea came to him in today's Google, he would leave the company …
Official Google Reader Blog:
A final farewell  —  Thank you for stopping by.  —  Today, we powered down Google Reader.  We understand you may not agree with this decision, but we hope you'll come to love these alternatives as much as you loved Reader.  —  Sincerely,  —  The Google Reader Team  —  Frequently-asked questions:
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft CEO Said to Give Bates Mergers Role in Revamp  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer is considering a reorganization that would put Skype president Tony Bates in charge of acquisitions and relationships with software developers, according to people familiar with the matter.
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
German minister: Stop using U.S. Web services to avoid NSA spying  —  Summary: Germany is one of the most privacy conscious nations in the world, with data and privacy laws stronger than any other in the EU.  And amid the NSA spying scandal, the country's top security chief has warned users to simply avoid U.S. companies.
John McDermott / AdAge:
Motorola Debuts its First Ad for Upcoming Moto X Smartphone  —  A Made-In-America Claim But No Images of the Phone  —  Motorola has set a patriotic tone for its Moto X smartphone campaign, the company's first since being acquired by Google last summer.  —  “What we are doing which is very different …
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Near Time Warner Cable Deal for TV Programs  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is nearing a deal with Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) to give subscribers of the cable television service access to channels via Apple TV, people with knowledge of the negotiations said.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
USA TV network lands on iOS with new app to watch full show episodes  —  The NBC-owned USA TV network has launched its own iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch application to bring the USA show viewing experience to the small-screen.  The application, like many TV network apps currently on the App Store …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple hires former YSL CEO Paul Deneve to work on special projects under Tim Cook  —  Confirming a claim from earlier today, Bloomberg's Adam Satariano reports that Apple has confirmed the hire of former Yves Saint Laurent CEO Paul Deneve.  According to Apple, Deneve will report to Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
F.C.C. Is Told Verizon Underpaid Data Refunds  —  WASHINGTON — An independent telecommunications lawyer filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday, claiming that Verizon Wireless had vastly understated the amount it collected from false data charges on customer bills …
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Boston University sues Apple over 1997 patent, asks for ban on iPhone sales  —  How do college students feel about this one?  The powers that be at Boston University want a federal court to ban the sale of a wide range of Apple products — including the iPhone 5, the iPad and the MacBook Air …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Buys Qwiki for About $50 Million  —  As AllThingsD reported two weeks ago that it was likely to do, Yahoo said it has bought Qwiki, the New York startup that makes an Apple iPhone app that allows users to turn photos, music and videos into short movies automatically.

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