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July 31, 2013, 12:00 AM

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AnandTech:
Looking at CPU/GPU Benchmark Optimizations in Galaxy S 4  —  Somehow both Anand and I ended up with international versions of Samsung's Galaxy S 4, equipped with the first generation Exynos 5 Octa (5410) SoC.  Anand bought an international model GT-I9500 while I held out for the much cooler …
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
Facebook Said to Plan to Sell TV-Style Ads for $2.5M Each  —  Facebook Inc. (FB), seeking to break the long-held dominance of television over advertising budgets, plans to sell TV-style commercials on its site for as much as $2.5 million a day, two people familiar with the matter said.
Ryan Singel / Wired:
Now That It's in the Broadband Game, Google Flip-Flops on Network Neutrality  —  In a dramatic about-face on a key internet issue yesterday, Google told the FCC that the network neutrality rules Google once championed don't give citizens the right to run servers on their home broadband connections …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft Surface revenue so far: $853 million  —  Microsoft just filed its annual Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and deep in the filing is the first public disclosure of the company's revenue from its Surface tablet lineup: $853 million.
OpenSignal:
Android Fragmentation Visualized  —  Fragmentation is both a strength and weakness of the Android ecosystem.  When comparisons are made between Android and iOS the issue of different API levels, and the vastly different devices running them, is often emphasised.
Brian X. Chen / NYT Bits:
OpenTable Begins Testing Mobile Payments  —  OpenTable, the world's largest online reservation service, lets users book a restaurant reservation with its smartphone app or Web site.  Now the company is getting ready to take the next step and let diners pay for the meal with its app, too.
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Review of Google's New Chromecast  —  Google is trying to change television watching again, after the tepid response to its Google TV product a few years back.  This time, instead of building a complex system to bring apps and Internet video to the TV, the search giant is taking a simpler approach.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Sergey Brin's Younger Brother Co-Founds A Startup Of His Own: Butter, A Digital Restaurant Menu In A Crowded Space  —  Sam Brin, 26-year old younger brother of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, has spent the last few months in a bit of borrowed office space with college pal Jon Li quietly building a startup of their own.
Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review:
If Facebook Can Profit from Your Data, Why Can't You?  —  If Facebook Can Profit from Your Data, Why Can't You?  —  Reputation.com says it's ready to unveil a place where people can offer personal information to marketers in return for discounts and other perks.  —  WHY IT MATTERS
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
From kindling to inferno: Full specs for next-gen Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablets  —  Amazon to combine powerhouse specs and affordable prices in bid to scorch the competition  —  Amazon's first-generation Kindle Fire was absolutely not an iPad killer, and that's exactly why it was so successful.
Jacob Kleinman / TechnoBuffalo:
Instance Blocked by Instagram due to General Security Update  —  This morning the Internet was abuzz with reports that Instagram was tracking and deleting photos uploaded to its servers from third-party Windows Phone app Instance (curiously, similar third-party apps including Instagraph and Hipstamatic Oggl never stopped working).
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Evan Rapoport / Google LatLong:
Introducing “Views” - A new way to contribute your 360° photo spheres to Google Maps  —  Wherever life's adventures may take us, our photos help us remember and share the places we care about.  When photos are added to a map, whether they're from your camera or through Street View …
Erwin Visser / The Windows Blog:
Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview Now Available  —  Today, I'm excited to announce that Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview is now available for download for customers to start testing the operating system in their environments.  Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview builds on the Window 8.1 Preview …
Chris Burns / SlashGear:
Nexus 7 did not outsell iPad in Japan according to IDC  —  Earlier this year it was claimed by several news sources, then quoted again just this month by Google, that the Nexus 7 outsold the iPad in Japan in the fourth quarter of 2012.  This assertion comes from a report by market research firm BCN …
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
Zynga quietly launches game on Kik - its first on a mobile chat app?  —  In an update today, Kik, a mobile messenger that claims 60 million users, added the first paid elements to its nascent platform and unveiled a new in-app game from Zynga.  —  Zynga, which first got big by building games …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Amazon dances around Apple restrictions with ‘free sample’ search inside Kindle for iOS app  —  Amazon has released an update to its Kindle for iOS app, and it features (for the first time ever) the ability to search its catalog of books online.  This is a departure from the past versions of the app …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Announces New Mobile Game Publishing Effort  —  A few weeks ago, we reported that Facebook was experimenting with becoming a mobile games publisher by offering distribution to studios in exchange for a cut of revenue.  —  Today, Facebook is formally announcing that effort …

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