August 12, 2013, 9:55 PM

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Next iPad Takes After Thin, Light Mini  —  The same touch-panel technology that made the iPad mini thin and light will likely feature in the next iPad, which is currently being produced by Apple Inc.'s Asian suppliers, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Bloomberg: Thinner iPad 5, Retina iPad mini this year & Sept. 10 iPhone event  —  Bloomberg has corroborated multiple reports regarding Apple's next iPad and iPhone models.  — Thinner full-sized iPad planned.  We first reported that the next full-sized iPad would be thinner, lighter and similar in design to the iPad mini.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
New Windows 8.1 build addresses first-time user complaints  —  Microsoft is expected to finalize its Windows 8.1 update in the coming days, but a near-final build has leaked online offering a closer look at some of the improvements.  The 9741 build, a test version of the Release to Manufacturing …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 8.1 to be made available in October  —  Microsoft is currently testing near-final versions of Windows 8.1, but the company won't release the final update publicly until October.  According to sources familiar with Microsoft's plans, the software maker will finalize, or Release to Manufacturing …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
BlackBerry Says It's Looking For A Buyer (Or A Willing Partner), Forms Special Committee To ‘Explore Strategic Alternatives’  —  BlackBerry, the embattled Canada-based handset maker, today finally called a spade a spade.  The company halted trading in its shares to announce what some might argue …
Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
First 100 Pages of Aaron Swartz's Secret Service File Released  —  After half-a-year of delays and roadblocks, the U.S Secret Service today released the first 104 pages of agency documents about the late coder and activist Aaron Swartz, including a brief report on Swartz's suicide less than three months before his scheduled trial.
More: The Verge
Paul Stamatiou:
Android is better  —  It was just meant to be a quick experiment.  I started using a Nexus 4.  I was going to go right back to my iPhone after a week.  I was designing more and more Android interfaces at Twitter and realized I needed to more intimately grok Android UI paradigms.
Martyn Williams / North Korea Tech:
Kim Jong Un visits ‘cell phone factory’  —  Kim Jong Un visited on Saturday the Pyongyang factory where North Korean cell phones are supposedly made, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency.  —  Photos of the visit, released by KCNA, show Kim touring the May 11 Factory and talking to officials.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Acquires “Mobile Technologies”, Developer Of Speech Translation App Jibbigo  —  Facebook's latest acquisition could help it connect users across language barriers.  It has just announced that it's acquired the team and technology of Pittsburgh's Mobile Technologies …
Jason Schreier / Kotaku:
Kinect No Longer Mandatory For Xbox One (But Will Still Come With It) [UPDATE]  —  Another backflip?  Back in May, Microsoft said that you'll need have the motion-sensing Kinect plugged in at all times in order for your Xbox One to function, but now they're reversing course once again.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Confessed Liar To Congress, James Clapper, Gets To Set Up The ‘Independent’ Review Over NSA Surveillance  —  Well, this is rather incredible.  Remember on Friday how one of President Obama's efforts to get people to trust the government more concerning the NSA's surveillance efforts was to create an …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google Glass update brings more Now cards, voice commands for third-party services, and video player controls  —  Google today announced the latest monthly update (XE8) to its Glass project, adding a slew of new features to those lucky few with the devices sitting on their noses.
Christina Farr / VentureBeat:
Plumfare acquired by Groupon (confirmed)  —  Plumfare, a mobile discovery app, has been acquired by Groupon.  —  The San Francisco-based company did not disclose its buyer on the announcement post on its website, which is a bit odd.  However, a Groupon spokesperson just confirmed the acquisition …
More: AllThingsDThanks:@chrissyfarr
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
City of London halts recycling bins tracking phones of passers-by  —  The City of London is halting a scheme that used recycling bins to track people as they walked by with their smartphones.  The head of Renew London, which was behind the operation, wrote in an email, “I can confirm that we are not currently running any trials.”
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple to support third-party USB power plug trade-ins beyond U.S. & China  —  Last week, we reported that Apple, will soon kickoff a trade-in-program for third-party or counterfeit USB power adapters in its retail stores and select authorized resellers.  The program will allow anyone …
Spiegel Online:
US Intelligence Watches Germany Closely  —  German intelligence services cooperate closely with the NSA, but the country is also a target of US surveillance, as a document seen by SPIEGEL makes clear.  The spy software XKeyscore is operated from a facility in Hesse, with some of the results landing on President Obama's desk.

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