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July 4, 2013, 10:35 AM

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John Markoff / New York Times:
Douglas C. Engelbart, Inventor of the Computer Mouse, Dies at 88  —  Douglas C. Engelbart, a visionary scientist whose singular epiphany in 1950 about technology's potential to expand human intelligence led to a host of inventions — among them the computer mouse — that became the basis …
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Tim Cook heralds sweeping iPhone sales push to Apple retail leadership  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook and his leadership team are moving to implement sweeping changes to the way iPhones are sold and marketed in order to deflect competition from smartphones running Google's Android operating system.
Joanna Stern / ABC News:
Moto X Details Revealed: Colors, Wallpapers, Engravings Will Be Customizable at U.S. Factory  —  Motorola's upcoming phone called the Moto X will allow users to fully customize the look of the device with different colors and an engraving, sources have told ABC News.
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
Leaked Nokia ‘Lumia 1020’ image reveals ‘Pro Cam’ and AT&T branding  —  An image of a new Nokia device purporting to be the long-awaited Windows Phone successor to the company's 808 PureView phone just surfaced, appearing to confirm that the device is headed to AT&T. The image comes courtesy of EVLeaks …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Acquires Xobni for Upward of $30 Million (Like ATD Said, Part 2)  —  Yahoo said it has bought Xobni, as AllThingsD had previously reported it was planning to do.  —  According to numerous sources close to the company, Yahoo paid $30 million to $40 million for the maker of address book apps and plugins.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Mastercard and Visa Start Banning VPN Providers  —  Payment providers are increasingly taking action against sites and services that are linked to copyright infringement.  —  There's an unwritten rule that Mastercard and Visa don't accept file-hosting sites that have an affiliate program …
Peter Kinnaird:
Algorithmic Privacy versus Personal Privacy  —  Fifty two percent of Americans believe that US Government officials should not be able to monitor “emails and other online activities” to prevent future terrorist activities, according to a Washington Post poll conducted on June 10 in response to Snowden's leaks.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Boxee Cloud DVR shutting down July 10th in wake of Samsung acquisition  —  Earlier today news broke that Samsung had acquired streaming set-top box manufacturer Boxee for $30 million, and it looks like the company is going to be killing off the Boxee TV's Cloud DVR service almost immediately.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Twitter Shows The Way Forward With Do Not Track  —  Twitter today announced a new way of targeting advertisements for its users, including a partnership with three online tracking firms: media6degrees (m6d), Chango, and Adara.  This new system will display ads based on your behavior and reading habits …
Lucian Constantin / Computerworld:
Android flaw lets attackers modify apps without breaking signatures  —  The vulnerability affects 99% of Android devices and has existed since Android 1.6, researchers from security firm Bluebox said  —  A vulnerability that has existed in Android for the past four years can allow hackers …
David Meyer / GigaOM:
France has its own PRISM-like surveillance program, report suggests  —  French president François Hollande has been vocal in his objections to the U.S. bugging European institutions but, when the PRISM scandal broke, some criticized him for staying silent - after all …
Avishay Bassa / GeekTime:
Exclusive: Viber testing new business model, hijacking your cellular calls  —  Last month, Viber announced reaching 200 million users of their service.  The company's current growth is particularly impressive, with data showing half a million new users joining the service every day.
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