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August 14, 2013, 10:35 AM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 8.1 will launch on October 18th, available a day earlier on Windows Store  —  Microsoft continues to finalize its Windows 8.1 update, but the company revealed today that it plans to make it available on October 18th.  The free update will be listed in the Windows Store …
Steve Cheney:
On The Future of iOS and Android  —  We've entered the age of iOS and Android penetrating beyond mobile, and there's a lot happening with respect to how the entire ecosystem is developing.  Mobile advancements / investments are now driving the progression of all converged hardware / software.
More: Business InsiderTweets: @lukew and @semil
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Case for a New Lower-Cost iPhone  —  Lost amid much of the rampant speculation that Apple is on the cusp of unveiling a new plastic-bodied lower-priced iPhone “5C” is the simple fact that Apple has offered lower-priced iPhones for several years now — year-old and two-year-old models.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Smartphones Finally Overtook Dumbphone Sales Globally In Q2, Android Now At 79%, Says Gartner  —  Analyst Gartner has put out its latest smartphone market report, and the Q2 2013 numbers show the inevitable finally occurred: smartphone sales exceeded feature phone sales for the first time.
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Apple acquires second screen TV startup Matcha.tv (scoop)  —  Updated at 6:01 p.m. (PST) with a response from Matcha.tv CEO Guy Piekarz.  Update #2 at 7:35 p.m. with clarification on the acquisition price.  —  Apple's latest acquisition is the recently-shut down second-screen TV/video app Matcha.tv …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Here's Zynga's New Executive Org Chart  —  As AllThingsD previously reported, Zynga announced a complete overhaul of its executive ranks on Tuesday, effectively flattening out its top management levels and reorganizing the chain of command for its existing leadership.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Facebook Testing VIP App With Some Celebs  —  The VIP app, which sources say Facebook is currently testing with a small group of famous people, essentially lets celebs (or their handlers) easily monitor Facebook fan chatter about themselves from a mobile device.
Jordan Robertson / Bloomberg:
Phone Hackers Build Networks to Deliver Legitimate Ads and Malicious Code  —  To keep hackers off your smartphone, the standard advice has been to avoid downloading dodgy applications.  Digital criminals love to hide their attack code in free porn apps and counterfeit versions of popular programs such as Angry Birds.
More: Softpedia News and Network WorldTweets: @weldpond
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft's YouTube Windows Phone app returns following Google complaints  —  Microsoft's YouTube app for Windows Phone is returning to the Store today.  After Google forced Microsoft to remove the app, the pair have been working together to create the updated application.
Sam Biddle / Valleywag:
AOL CEO Apologizes for Public Shame-Firing  —  It turns out, even Tim Armstrong finds Tim Armstrong obnoxious—the trouble chief of AOL just sent an apology email to his company for firing a subordinate on a conference call.  —  The email is carefully pasted here in its entirety:

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