July 24, 2013, 1:15 PM

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Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Google announces thinner, lighter Nexus 7 with higher-res screen starting at $230  —  When we reviewed the Nexus 7 last summer, we said it was the best tablet $200 could buy.  A year later, that still might be true if it wasn't for the fact that there's a new Nexus 7 in town.
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
Google introduces Chromecast, a $35 HDMI streaming solution for televisions  —  Google's Chromecast is Mountain View's next foray into the television market: a $35 HDMI dongle that mirrors content watched nearby on a tablet, smartphone or computer.  The two-inch device runs …
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Google launches Android's answer to Apple's Game Center: The Google Play Games app  —  Following a slew of announcements, including a new Nexus 7, Google has announced the launch of Google Play Games, an app which highlights games and brings together your gamer friends.
Lee Hutchinson / Ars Technica:
Textbooks coming to the Google Play Store  —  Students can buy textbooks for classes, or rent at a discounted rate.  —  One of the things revealed at Google's breakfast event this morning is that textbooks are coming to the Book section of the Google Play store.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Jeff Elder / The Technology Chronicles:
Twitter fakes real users' tweets to promote ad platform  —  What if one of the most powerful media companies in the world made words come out of its customers' mouths to promote its new ad platform?  —  Twitter posted on its blog today about a new, wider release of an integration the company is doing with TV commercials.
Chitika Online Advertising Network:
June Tablet Update: iPad Usage Share Surpasses 84%  —  Since Chitika Insights' last study on the tablet market, Apple iPad users' share of U.S. and Canadian tablet Web traffic has increased by nearly two percentage points, from 82.4% in May 2013, to 84.3% in June 2013 - now the iPad's highest share since the beginning of 2013.
Michael Dell ups buyout offer; shareholder vote pushed off to Aug. 2  —  Dell announced today that its founder Michael Dell, along with partner Silver Lake, will pay $13.75 per share to bring the company private.  —  Dell founder Michael Dell, along with his partner, investment firm Silver Lake …
Ron Amadeo / Android Police:
[APK Teardown] Google Play Music v5.1 - Beam Music To Devices With Chromecasting, And A Hack For SD Card Support!  (A Download Link, Too)  —  Google jumped the gun just a little bit and shipped tomorrow's version of Google Music today, which means we've got about 12 hours to spoil …
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
The White House Blasts The ‘Amash Amendment’ That Would Hamper The NSA's Surveillance Powers  —  In a terse statement late Tuesday evening, the White House blasted the so-called “Amash Amendment” that would limit the National Security Agency's ability to collect data on personal phone communications …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Nvidia Brings Kepler To Mobile, Offers Same Graphics Power As iPad 4 With One-Third The Battery Drain  —  At the SIGGRAPH conference going on this week, Nvidia has made a potentially huge announcement regarding the future of mobile gaming: the company is bringing its Kepler graphics architecture …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Adds Grooveshark to its Piracy Search Filter  —  There are certain words Google doesn't want its users to see without explicitly searching for them.  —  Type in the first letters of any private body part, cuss word, or a non traditional sexual orientation and you'll notice that Google holds …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox Loses Appeal Asking for Injunction Against Dish's ‘Hopper’ Ad-Skipper  —  An appeals court refuses to overturn a judge's decision over a technology that broadcasters argue will irreparably harm the television industry.  —  On Wednesday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Fox's appeal …
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Feds put heat on Web firms for master encryption keys  —  Whether the FBI or NSA have the legal authority to obtain the master keys that companies use for Web encryption remains an open question, but it hasn't stopped the U.S. government from trying.  —  Large Internet companies have resisted …
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