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July 19, 2013, 11:45 PM

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Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Buy HopStop, Pushing Deeper Into Maps  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) agreed to buy online transit-navigation service HopStop.com Inc., people with knowledge of the deal said, seeking to improve mapping tools after a rocky debut for its directions software last year.
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
New Nexus 7 leak points to Android 4.3, dual cameras and wireless charging (update: on sale July 31st)  —  A few days back, a lovely tipster sent us in some shots that strongly suggest a shiny new Nexus 7 will be hitting shelves next week for $269.  Granted, that's for the 32GB model …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Acquires Local Data Outfit Locationary  —  Last September Grant Ritchie, CEO of crowdsourced location data company Locationary, penned an article for TechCrunch describing five challenges Apple faces as it builds out its new mapping service.  Ten months later he's become part of the effort to overcome them.
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Moto X to be revealed on August 1st in New York City  —  Motorola is set to reveal its highly-anticipated new Android smartphone, the Moto X, on August 1st.  We've received an invite for an event in New York City with the teaser “Come experience the new Motorola.”
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Google's Chrome app launcher now available for all Windows users  —  Though there's no official word from Google yet, it looks like the Chrome launcher has come out of developer preview mode and into full release, at least for Windows.  On our own PCs, the installation placed the launcher app …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Gmail's compose window now has a full-screen option, and a switch to set it as the default  —  Google today announced a big change to Gmail's compose window: a full-screen option and a switch to set it as the default.  The new feature is rolling out worldwide “over the next couple of days.”
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Apple's Dev Center has been down for over 24 hours, keeping developers from downloading SDKs and iOS 7 beta [Update]  —  At 12:51 PM EST yesterday, we noticed that Apple's Dev Center website had stopped working and was serving a “We'll be back soon” error. 24 hours later, and nothing has changed.
Loek Essers / PC World:
A laptop battery cabal: Panasonic pleads guilty to price fixing  —  Panasonic and its subsidiary Sanyo have agreed to plead guilty to price fixing conspiracies involving laptop battery cells and automotive parts.  They will pay a total of $56.5 million in criminal fines, the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) said.
Christopher Joye / Financial Review:
Huawei spies for China, says ex-CIA head  —  The former head of the US Central ­Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency, Michael Hayden, believes Chinese telecommunications manufacturer Huawei Technologies is a significant security threat to Australia and the US …

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