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August 1, 2013, 6:59 PM

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Steven Levy / Wired:
The Inside Story of the Moto X: The Reason Google Bought Motorola  —  THE PHONE THAT REVEALS WHY GOOGLE BOUGHT MOTOROLA  —  lmost exactly two years ago, Google announced its purchase of Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion.  It was the company's biggest deal ever, far exceeding previous big buys …
Zach Honig / Engadget:
Moto X finally official: Motorola X8, 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED, custom finishes, assembled in the USA from $199  —  Well, you've gotta hand it to Motorola — the company has managed to build an unprecedented amount of buzz surrounding what's turned out to be a relatively mundane mainstream smartphone launch.
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Exclusive: Apple Recently Acquired Low-Energy Chipmaker Passif  —  As the smartphone wars heat up, Apple has acquired a key technology in the arms race.  —  The company in recent months purchased Silicon Valley-based wireless chip developer, Passif Semiconductor, according to people briefed on the deal.
John Reid / BlackBerryOS.com:
BBM For Android/iOS Betas Rolling Out In The Beta Zone  —  It seems that BlackBerry are moving forward with the cross-platform version of BBM as we have learned that there are a small number of users that are getting the chance to test out the Android, and iOS versions of BBM.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Google extends Windows Phone calendar and contacts syncing until December 31st  —  Google has granted new Windows Phone users another extension to access its Sync service until December 31st.  The company had originally planned to drop support for the Exchange ActiveSync protocol on January 30th …
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Twitter Launches Its Version Of Universal Search Results  —  Twitter is in the process of rolling out what you could call its version of “universal search results” on Twitter.com.  The changes bring Twitter's web search more in line with the current mobile experience.
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Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Next iPad Mini Will Likely Have ‘Retina’ Display From Samsung  —  TAIPEI—Apple Inc.'s suppliers are gearing up for mass production of a new iPad mini in the fourth quarter that will likely feature a high-resolution screen from Samsung, people familiar with the matter say …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
HootSuite Raises $165M Series B Round From Insight, Accel And OMERS To Go Large On Enterprise Social Media Monitoring  —  It was a little over a year ago when we reported that Vancouver-based HootSuite, the platform that lets enterprises manage social media accounts, was raising a $50 million round at a $500 million valuation.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon Experiments With Its Own Take On Pinterest Called “Amazon Collections”  —  Amazon has quietly launched its own direct challenger to Pinterest with the debut of a feature called “Amazon Collections.”  It's a more attractive, image-heavy website where consumers can save …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Stores Suffer From Sameness  —  With No Head of Retail for 10 Months, iPhone Meccas Lose Some Luster Apple Inc.'s AAPL +0.92% search for a new head of its retail stores is dragging into its 10th month, and the effects are showing: The company recently reported its first drop in store sales in at least four years.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Launches Real-Time API For Analytics In Invite-Only Beta  —  Google today launched the beta of its real-time API for Analytics that will finally allow developers to programmatically take action based on the real-time data they get from Google's service.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Netflix individual profile rollout brings up to five unique experiences per account  —  Netflix is finally ready to deliver individual profiles for its streaming service, meant to satisfy households with shared accounts by providing everyone their own settings, viewing history and (where available) queue.
Eliza Kern / GigaOM:
Albumatic takes another whack at getting photo-sharing right, announces $4.2 million Series A  —  Albumatic launched back in February as a way for friends all attending the same event to share photos with each other when they're together and taking photos.  Seems simple enough, right?
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Facebook Brings Home's Lockscreen Replacement To Their Main Android App - A Bad Sign For Home?  —  Four months after the launch of Facebook Home, which aimed to turn every Android phone into the long-rumored Facebook Phone, the company is starting to bring certain Home features into their primary app with an update today.

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