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July 15, 2013, 3:25 PM

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New York Times:
Attention Shopper: Stores Are Tracking Your Cell  —  Like dozens of other brick-and-mortar retailers, Nordstrom wanted to learn more about its customers — how many came through the doors, how many were repeat visitors — the kind of information that e-commerce sites like Amazon have in spades.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Surface Watch?  Microsoft allegedly testing a ‘translucent aluminum’ smartwatch  —  Microsoft's prototype smartwatch testing has moved over to its Surface team.  Sources familiar with Microsoft's Surface plans have revealed to The Verge that the company is now prototyping devices directly under …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Reportedly Signs Deal with Samsung for 14-nm A9 Chips Starting in 2015  —  The Korea Economic Daily reports that Apple and Samsung today officially signed an agreement that will see the two companies working together on future A-series chips for Apple's iOS devices …
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Leaked letter shows ISPs and government at war  —  I've written before on the dialogue of the deaf between politicians and the internet industry over child internet safety - and now the relationship seems to be getting even worse.  A letter sent to the UK's four leading ISPs from the government has made them very cross indeed.
Tom Whitehead / Telegraph:
Travellers' mobile phone data seized by police at border  —  Thousands of innocent holidaymakers and travellers are having their phones seized and personal data downloaded and stored by the police, The Telegraph can disclose.  —  A police officer can stop any passenger at random …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
HP Adds Software Visionary Ray Ozzie, Former Liberty Media CEO Robert Bennett, And Walgreens Chairman To Board  —  After losing several board members in April, HP announced today that it is adding three new members to its board: Robert R.  “Dob” Bennett, former president and chief executive officer …
Ian Sherr / Digits:
Kabam Hits $700 Million Valuation With Employee Stock Sale  —  Closely held videogame maker Kabam says it is now worth $700 million, based on a recent private transaction that allowed employees to sell $38.5 million of common stock.  —  None of the money will go to the San Francisco-based company itself …
Gerry Smith / The Huffington Post:
Inside The Massive Global Black Market For Smartphones  —  Before a federal SWAT team descended last summer, one storefront in a Detroit suburb attracted so many people bearing shopping bags stuffed with iPhones and iPads that managers installed a port-a-potty on the sidewalk.
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Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Google:
Rumored Galaxy Note III now has rumored competition from the HTC One Max  —  With Samsung's rumored 5.7-inch Galaxy Note III seemingly confirmed, it now appears the notepad-sized device may have competition from a similar-sized HTC One Max.  —  German site MobileGeeks (via The Verge) …
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Web industry officials balk at domain expansion plan  —  A plan to dramatically expand the numbers of possible Web addresses — by adding more than 1,000 new domains such as “.buy,” “.casino” and “.gay” — could cause widespread disruption to Internet operations, say some industry officials.
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