July 16, 2013, 11:00 AM

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Jessica Lessin:
Exclusive: Apple Pitches Ad-Skipping for New TV Service  —  Apple has a new trick up its sleeve as it tries to launch a long-awaited television service: technology that allows viewers to skip commercials and that pays media companies for the skipped views.  —  For more than a year …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Report: Apple mulling $280M purchase of PrimeSense, the Israeili 3D body sensor firm behind Microsoft Kinect  —  A series of reports from Israeli publication says that the PrimeSense, the company behind the original Microsoft Kinect technology, is in talks for a buyout from Apple in the $280-300M range.
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
AT&T counters T-Mo's Jump with Next, its own phone upgrade program.  Is it a better deal?  —  Not to be outdone by T-Mobile's new smartphone upgrade program Jump, AT&T is launching its own plans next week that will let customers trade up to new handsets before their contracts are up.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Launches Logic Pro X with Virtual Drummer and Flex Pitch  —  Apple today announced the launch of Logic Pro X, the next-generation version of its professional audio software.  The release brings a completely revamped Logic Pro application including a new virtual drummer and integrated pitch editing …
Evelyn M. Rusli / Wall Street Journal:
Airbnb Slows Hiring Overseas, Shifts Strategy  —  Airbnb Inc. is trying not to become another cautionary tale in international expansion.  —  One of technology's hottest startups, with a valuation of $2.5 billion, the online-accommodation rental service has recently slowed down hiring …
Kevin Collier / Daily Dot:
Yahoo wins court order to release records of its fight against PRISM  —  Yahoo, initially vilified for being part of the PRISM program, which allows the NSA to tap it and other companies for users' information, is about to be vindicated.  A court ruled Monday that the Department …
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
A bird's eye view of the AT&T-Leap Wireless merger  —  I've already taken one crack at explaining why AT&T would want to buy regional carrier Leap Wireless.  This deal is clearly about spectrum.  AT&T wasn't able to get it by purchasing T-Mobile so it's hoping to pick up airwaves …
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
A Secret Surveillance Program Proves Challengeable in Theory Only  —  WASHINGTON — On Oct. 29, about seven months before the recent revelations about secret government surveillance programs, Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. made a commitment to the Supreme Court.
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Jerome Segura / Malwarebytes Unpacked:
FBI Ransomware Now Targeting Apple's Mac OS X Users  —  For years, Windows users have been plagued by ransomware demanding several hundred dollars to unlock their computers.  —  The bad guys know there is a growing market of Apple consumers who, for the most part, feel pretty safe about browsing …
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Opbeat Nets $2.7M From Facebook, Instagram Founders And More To Give Developers A Control Center For “Web Ops”  —  While it's apparently becoming easier and easier to become a developer — judging, at least, by the number of “learn to code!” platforms popping up by the month …
More: AllThingsD
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Rocket Internet Raises $500M From Kinnevik And Access, Plans More E-Commerce In Emerging Markets  —  Rocket Internet, the Berlin-based e-commerce incubator that has been behind dozens of startups around the world, is preparing to spin out a few more.  The company today is announcing …
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Google revamps the interface of its Google Play store, bringing the Android version to the Web  —  Google today has revamped the Web interface of its Google Play store.  This new release is being unveiled to everyone starting today and brings the Android version to the Web.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft adds a Lab of Things to its HomeOS  —  Summary: Microsoft is continuing to advance its HomeOS research project.  Now testers can use a framework, with ties to Windows Azure, to more easily monitor and update their device and sensor tests.  —  Microsoft Research is continuing …
Susie Ochs / TechHive:
Pay with friends: Uber lets you split fares  —  Restaurants are getting better about splitting checks between parties—typically nowadays you can just throw down a pile of credit cards, request an even split, and most servers won't bat an eye.  Now try doing that in a typical taxi cab and see how the driver reacts.

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