August 13, 2013, 12:35 PM

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Benedict Evans:
Defending iOS with cheap iPhones  —  Over the last 12 months, Google Android devices have outsold iOS by about 3 to 1.  There are now perhaps 775m-800m ‘official’ Android devices in use, versus perhaps 415m iOS devices.  This is without counting sales of the Amazon Kindle Fire or the (very) …
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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.
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 …
Zoe Kleinman / BBC:
Norway blocks Apple map flights  —  Oslo (left) is visible in 2D on Apple's map but Danish capital Copenhagen (right) is in 3D  —  Norway's government is refusing to let Apple take aerial photography of the capital city Oslo to create 3D images for its Maps app, reports local media.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft's bet on touch PCs fails to pay off  —  Buyers reject touchscreen notebooks, spooked by higher prices and concerns about value of Windows 8's touch UI  —  Microsoft's bet that touch would propel Windows 8 has run into a major snag, an industry analyst said Friday …
Dan Auerbach / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Google Fiber Continues Awful ISP Tradition of Banning “Servers”  —  In a Wired piece published recently, Ryan Singel assails Google's newfound hypocrisy when it comes to net neutrality.  And he's right.  Having spent many years fighting to stop Internet Service Providers (ISPs) …
More: DSLreportsTweets: @rsingel and @taylorbuley
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld:
Microsoft Bing-bang-bungles local search  —  Talk about having things both ways!  A few months ago in its “Scroogled” ad campaign, Microsoft was complaining about how Google uses your search terms and Gmail contents to deliver targeted ads.  Now, Microsoft is touting how Windows 8.1 uses …
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon's AWS Now Offers A Push Notification Service For iOS, Android And Kindle Apps, Widening Its Toolkit For Mobile Developers  —  Amazon continues to “push” further into the space of becoming a one-stop shop for mobile developers looking to make, host and distribute apps …
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 …
Jathan Sadowski / Wired:
Stop Thinking That Tech Hacks Are the Solution to Our Surveillance Woes  —  That's it, I'm calling it early: this is officially the “summer of surveillance.”  Especially with the latest news that due to this surveillance, not one, but two, separate companies announced they were shutting …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Three years in, Google has paid researchers over $2 million in security rewards and fixed more than 2,000 bugs  —  Less than two weeks after Facebook announced its Bug Bounty program has paid out over $1 million in two years, Google has announced it has crossed the $2 million mark in three.
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.

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