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July 26, 2013, 7:20 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Ballmer admits Microsoft built too many Surface RTs, disappointed with Windows sales  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has admitted that the company built too many Surface tablets, and it's not selling as many Windows devices as it wants.  During an internal town hall event earlier this week …
Curt Woodward / Xconomy:
Apple's Boston-Area Team: Working on Speech in Nuance's Backyard  —  It's been one of the Boston-area tech industry's more intriguing questions for months: Just what is Apple doing here?  —  Today, we've got an answer.  —  Apple has assembled a small team of notable names in speech technology …
Todd R. Weiss / CITEworld:
Los Angeles plans to give 640,000 students free iPads  —  Students in the Los Angeles Unified School District will receive 31,000 free iPads this school year under a new $30 million program launched by the district.  The goal is to improve education and get them ready for the workforce …
Kashmir Hill / Forbes:
When ‘Smart Homes’ Get Hacked: I Haunted A Complete Stranger's House Via The Internet  —  “I can see all of the devices in your home and I think I can control them,” I said to Thomas Hatley, a complete stranger in Oregon who I had rudely awoken with an early phone call on a Thursday morning.
Scott Buscemi / 9to5Mac:
Google+ Local iOS App to be retired August 7  —  Now that the updated Google Maps iOS application has Google+ Local features baked in, the company has made the decision to axe the Google+ Local application.  The announcement was made through an email: … Thanks, Michael!  —  B
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Compared: What You Can Watch On Google Chromecast, Apple TV & Roku  —  Want to stream content from the internet to your TV?  There's a new player in town, Google's Chromecast.  It's super easy to use and priced to move.  What's not to like?  If you're happy with just Netflix, you're good.
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Hacker Barnaby Jack dies just before Black Hat presentation on lethal pacemaker hacks  —  Reuters reports that hacker Barnaby Jack, who was headed to the Black Hat hacker convention to present techniques for attacking implanted heart devices that could kill their user from 30 feet away, has died unexpectedly.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
IDC: Apple, Samsung lose smartphone market share as Lenovo and others see greater growth  —  Apple and Samsung have both reported their financials for Q2 2013 so, as is customary, analyst firms are now putting out their estimates for the quarter.  IDC is out of the blocks …

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