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August 2, 2013, 10:35 AM

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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 …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
Motorola CEO: Don't worry, cheaper Moto X in the works  —  Motorola will have a less expensive Moto X for the U.S. prepaid market and developing markets within a few months, the company said Thursday after the Moto X launch event in New York.  —  A cheaper version of the Moto X will be introduced …
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Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Michael Dell and Silver Lake Reach Last-Minute Buyout Deal  —  Michael Dell and the private equity firm Silver Lake have raised their offer to take the company public to $13.75 a share with a 13-cent per share special dividend.  —  The new deal, reached after a night of furious negotiations …
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jessica lessin:
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.
Jonny Evans / Computerworld:
Wearables and payments: What Apple might get from its Passif Semi purchase  —  Apple [AAPL] has acquired small semiconductor company, Passif Semiconductor — reading that company's published patents suggests Cupertino may be looking to use Passif's technologies in future wearable and contactless payment solutions.
Wall Street Journal:
FBI Taps Hacker Tactics to Spy on Suspects  —  Law-Enforcement Officials Expand Use of Tools Such as Spyware as People Under Investigation ‘Go Dark,’ Evading Wiretaps  —  Law-enforcement officials in the U.S. are expanding the use of tools routinely used by computer hackers to gather information …
Heather Kelly / CNN:
SIM card hack inspires quick fix by carriers  —  Las Vegas (CNN) — Major wireless carriers have fixed a bug that could have allowed criminals to hack into hundreds of millions of cell phones, says a security expert who exposed the flaw.  —  Cryptographer Karsten Nohl of Security Research Labs …
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Is Tumblr Shrinking?  —  Yahoo bought Tumblr because Tumblr has millions of young users.  But are they sticking around?  —  David Karp, founder and CEO of Tumblr, photographs the Nasdaq screen in Times Square after ringing the opening bell, Thursday, July 11, 2013, in New York.  —  Via: Mark Lennihan / AP
Jeremiah Rice / Android Police:
PSA: The Latest Chromecast Over-The-Air Update (12840) Patches The Bootloader Exploit Used To Obtain Root  —  The Chromecast runs a modified version of Android, so of course modders are all over it like white on rice.  The folks at GTVHacker already gave us a working bootloader hack and root access …
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
YouTube to Open Production Studio in New York Next Year  —  That complements a 41,000-square foot studio in Los Angeles  —  YouTube will open a production studio in New York next year, the company announced at VidCon on Thursday.  The company complements similar facilities in London …
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Notifying Former MobileMe Customers of Impending iCloud Storage Downgrade  —  In 2011, when iCloud replaced MobileMe, Apple gave paying MobileMe customers an additional 20GB of iCloud storage as a thank you for their purchase.  That storage was to be discontinued in September of 2012 …

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