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August 8, 2013, 8:55 AM

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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Dear Jeff Bezos, Here's What I Saw as an Analog Nobody in the Mailroom of the Washington Post  —  While it might seem an awful cliche, the fact of the matter is — if you go back to a time long before the commercial Internet existed, and well before you became so rich that you have $250 million …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
N.S.A. Searches Said to Include Broader Sifting of Data Abroad  —  WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency is searching the contents of vast amounts of Americans' e-mail and text communications into and out of the country, hunting for people who mention information about foreigners under surveillance …
Chad Bray / Wall Street Journal:
Publishers Object to E-Book Plan for Apple  —  Provisions of Proposal Would Punish Them, They Said  —  Five major U.S. publishers objected to the Justice Department's proposal to limit Apple Inc.'s influence in the electronic-books market, saying it would effectively alter their existing settlements with the U.S. government.
Tom Vanderbilt / Wired:
The Science Behind the Netflix Algorithms That Decide What You'll Watch Next  —  If you liked 1960s Star Trek, the first non-Trek title that Netflix is likely to suggest to you is the original Mission: Impossible series (the one with the cool Lalo Schifrin soundtrack).
Matt Brian / The Verge:
Google leaves your Chrome passwords unprotected to promote security  —  How would you feel if someone sat in front of your computer and was immediately able to access all of your Chrome passwords?  That's a scenario that is dividing opinion after web designer Elliot Kember called Google's security practices …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
This Is What It Looks Like When Your Phone Tracks Your Every Move  —  Sure, we know we're being tracked, but now we know what it looks like.  —  Via: board.protecus.de  —  More than ever before, we've become increasingly aware of our technology's ability to monitor our movements.
More: 9to5Mac, Gizmodo and iMoreTweets: @reneritchie
Steve Dent / Engadget:
T-Mobile gains 1.1 million customers in Q2 2013, ups revenue 20 percent over last year to $6.3 billion  —  T-Mobile says its UnCarrier changes are starting to reap benefits, as it picked up 1.1 million new customers in Q2 2013.  It also managed to keep postpaid churn (turnover of customers on contract) …
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
On the Edge of failure: Ubuntu smartphone looks unlikely to reach crowdfunding goal  —  The Edge, a smartphone that runs a mobile edition of the popular desktop OS Ubuntu, will only get made if would-be users pledge $32 million via the crowdfunding site Indiegogo.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
In face of scrutiny, researchers back off NSA “Torsploit” claim  —  Researchers who claimed they found a link between the Internet addresses used as part of malware that attacked Freedom Hosting's “hidden service” websites last week and the National Security Agency (NSA) have backed off substantially from their original assertions.
Brad Stone / Businessweek:
EBay's John Donahoe on E-Commerce and Mobile Payments' Future  —  What's the next set of goals, beyond returning to growth?  —  In the eyes of the consumer, e-commerce and retail are now one.  It's just shopping, right?  And that's why you see us taking steps to get more involved in the full commerce environment.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Aereo will go live in Miami, Houston, and Dallas this September  —  Aereo continues to push forward its aggressive 2013 expansion plan — the company has just announced that the streaming TV service will be live in Miami, Houston, and Dallas in September.  Miami is up first and will be active …
Paul Graham:
How to Convince Investors  —  (This is one of a pair of essays on fundraising.  The next one, on fundraising tactics, is coming soon.)  —  When people hurt themselves lifting heavy things, it's usually because they try to lift with their back.  The right way to lift heavy things is to let your legs do the work.
Jason Del Rey / AllThingsD:
Groupon Names Eric Lefkofsky Permanent CEO;Q2 Revenue Beats Street  —  The Groupon CEO search is over at the man at the top is a familiar one: co-founder Eric Lefkofsky.  —  The company announced today that he will man the job permanently, after being named co-CEO along with Ted Leonsis when Andrew Mason was fired.
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Move aside, .com: .wed, other domains will make Internet more crowded  —  Adrienne McAdory, a Washington military contractor, remembers exactly when she learned the Internet was about to get a lot bigger.  She was at work, at the Pentagon in 2011, and she saw an article about a nonprofit group called ICANN, which oversees the Internet.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Moore's Law could stay on track with extreme UV progress  —  Long-awaited improvements in photolithography could pave the way for the continued shrinking and scaling of microprocessors into the second half of this decade and beyond.  —  Moore's Law—which says that transistor densities double every 18 …
Alex Colon / GigaOM:
LG G2 vs. Moto X vs. Samsung Galaxy S 4: Battle of the best of Android  —  Last week it was the Moto X. This week it's the LG G2.  Pretty soon it'll be the Galaxy Note 3.  The Android phones just keep on coming, and it's helpful to know how they all compare to one another.
Timothy B. Lee / The Switch:
Slashdot founder Rob Malda on why there won't be another Hacker News  —  When I was a computer science student in college, everyone I knew read Slashdot.  Founded in 1997, the site was dedicated to “News for nerds.  Stuff that matters.”  It featured about a dozen short, user-submitted stories about the technology news of the day.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Google Play Music All Access comes to the UK, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand  —  It's been a few months since Google launched its Play Music All Access service, the company's answer to Spotify, Xbox Music, or Rdio, and now it's making its way out to countries besides the US.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Facebook Takes on Twitter by Courting Celebrities, Building Twittery Tools  —  When Channing Tatum wanted to publish the first picture of his new baby in June, he didn't go to People or Us Magazine.  Instead, he posted on his Facebook page.  —  And when Andy Murray won a surprise victory …
Signe Brewster / GigaOM:
MakerBot to offer 3D printers, demos nationwide at Microsoft stores  —  After test-offering their Replicator 2 printer in Microsoft stores on the West Coast, MakerBot will begin stocking Microsoft stores across the country with 3D printers.  The company will also offer demos that allow people to see 3D printing firsthand.

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eero:
CNET: eero Labs introduces a new innovation playground for networks.  —  eero is introducing eero Labs to give its customers a chance to try out new features on its mesh Wi-Fi system before they go mainstream.
IBM:
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The Top 100 Venture Capitalists  —  For a third consecutive year, we worked with The New York Times to develop a data-driven ranking of the world's best venture capital partners.  Here are the top 100.

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