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July 18, 2013, 3:35 PM

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Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iWatch's novelty emerges as Apple taps sensor and fitness experts  —  Apple's Tim Cook, Bob Mansfield, Kevin Lynch  —  Apple has begun assembling a team of hardware and software engineering, medical sensor, manufacturing, and fitness experts, indicating the company is moving forward …
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Magazine:
Verizon Edge Upgrade Plan Launches August 25th: How it Stacks Up  —  Verizon Wireless has officially jumped on the smartphone upgrade bandwagon, looking to battle AT&T Next and T-Mobile Jump with its own Edge plan.  Available starting August 25th, Verizon Edge spreads the full retail cost …
Phil Nickinson / Android Central:
Exclusive first look: Pics and video of the new Nexus 7  —  The new Nexus 7 sports an updated look, adds a rear camera  —  Here we go, folks.  The first probable pictures of what we believe is the long-awaited successor to the Nexus 7.  We've had to do a little Photoshop surgery to protect the source …
Mat Smith / Engadget:
HTC One mini announced: Flagship looks, UltraPixel camera and 4.3-inch 720p display (hands-on)  —  Currently, the wireless industry's mantra is that good things come in large packages.  But let's not just forget about the massive demographic of users that don't care about having the biggest phone on the planet.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Android vs. iPhone: Why Apple still has the edge over Google's operating system  —  Android is a wonderful operating system.  But most Android phones are crap.  —  Six years ago, Google launched an unconventional effort to gain a toehold in the growing smartphone business.
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
The Creepy, Long-Standing Practice of Undersea Cable Tapping  —  The newest NSA leaks reveal that governments are probing “the Internet's backbone.”  How does that work?  —  In the early 1970's, the U.S. government learned that an undersea cable ran parallel to the Kuril Islands off …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Dell Buyout Vote Delayed  —  No vote, no deal.  More delay.  —  Dell shareholders didn't vote today on a proposal to take the company private in a leveraged buyout.  The meeting of shareholders at which the proposal was to be considered has been adjourned without the vote taking place …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Verizon adds 941,000 subscribers, activates 3.9 million iPhones during second quarter  —  Verizon has just released its financial report for the second quarter of this year, and unsurprisingly, it's another solid quarter for the largest carrier in the US.  Verizon reports adding 941,000 …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
The New York Times Will Release A Gesture-Controlled News App For Leap Motion  —  The New York Times says it plans to release a Top News app for Leap Motion, the soon-to-be-released controller that will allow users to interact with their computers through gestures — in fact …
Timothy J. Seppala / Engadget:
Samsung announces 3,000 MB/s enterprise SSD, shames competition  —  The ink has barely dried on Samsung's last SSD announcement and the South Korean manufacturer has already made it obsolete by orders of magnitude.  This 2.5-inch enterprise-class SSD isn't for us regular Joes …
Lindsay Gellman / Wall Street Journal:
Why Startups Are Sporting Increasingly Quirky Names  —  Lack of Short, Recognizable URLs Prompts Use of Misspellings, Word Mash-Ups  —  David Leiberman, left, and Sammy Rubin, co-founders of digital sing-along storybook business Mibblio.  The name combines “music” and “biblio.”
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Acquires Assets Of UK Mobile Bug-Checking Software Developer Monoidics  —  Facebook has just agreed to acquire certain assets and hire some employees of UK software verification developer Monoidics.  Pending closing conditions, Monoidics' engineers and tech staff will join Facebook's London office.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and Others Call for More NSA Transparency  —  Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft are part of a broad alliance of technology companies and civil liberties groups that will tomorrow demand dramatically increased transparency around U.S. government surveillance efforts.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Content Delivery Network EdgeCast Raises $54 Million From Performance Equity Management  —  Los Angeles-based content delivery network EdgeCast Networks is looking to expand its sales and engineering teams, and it's raised a fresh round of $54 million in new financing to help it do so.
Eliza Kern / GigaOM:
Pandora for podcasts app Swell raises $5.4 million Series A round  —  One of my favorite apps that I've downloaded recently for consuming the news wasn't, in fact, an RSS reader or another Twitter client — it was Swell, which launched in June as a Pandora-like app for podcasts.

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