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July 15, 2013, 12:05 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.
Paul Graham:
Do Things that Don't Scale  —  One of the most common types of advice we give at Y Combinator is to do things that don't scale.  A lot of would-be founders believe that startups either take off or don't.  You build something, make it available, and if you've made a better mousetrap, people beat a path to your door as promised.
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 …
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 …
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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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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple ‘Aggressively’ Hiring for Smart Watch Project, Looking Toward Late 2014 Launch  —  Financial Times reports that Apple is “aggressively” hiring new employees to help with its smart watch effort, suggesting that the company needs additional expertise to tackle the project's challenges.
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 …
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Researchers hack Verizon device, turn it into mobile spy station  —  (Reuters) - Two security experts said they have figured out how to spy on Verizon Wireless mobile phone customers by hacking into devices the U.S. carrier sells to boost wireless signals indoors.
David Segal / New York Times:
Has Patent, Will Sue: An Alert to Corporate America  —  If you're a corporate executive, this may be one of the last sentences you want to hear: “Erich Spangenberg is on the line.”  Invariably, Mr. Spangenberg, the 53-year-old owner of IPNav, is calling to discuss a patent held by one of his clients …

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