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August 14, 2013, 11:45 PM

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Chris Morris / GamesIndustry International:
Former Steam boss Jason Holtman lands at Microsoft  —  Valve veteran will be focused on “making Windows a great platform for gaming”  —  Jason Holtman, who spearheaded Valve's Steam business for eight years before leaving the company in February, has a new job.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Yes, Gmail users have an expectation of privacy  —  Sending email to Gmail users means you expect Google's servers will process it  —  Consumer groups are up in arms today over a motion Google made in June to dismiss a class-action lawsuit alleging that Gmail violates federal …
Scott Buscemi / 9to5Mac:
iCloud.com beta updated with iOS 7 design  —  The beta.icloud.com website has been redesigned to match the design of iOS 7.  Removing the linen and other Forstall-era design elements, this is the first display of Apple bringing iOS 7 design elements to the web.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Search Gets More Personal, Now Lets You Find Your Flight Info, Reservations, Photos And More  —  Google today announced a number of search features that make it easier for you to find your own personal information through Google Search.  The search engine can now find information …
Alex Colon / GigaOM:
Samsung announces the Hennessy, a dual-screen, quad-core Android flip phone  —  When you think of smartphones, the image of a sleek, minimalist slab is probably what comes to mind.  But how about a flip phone?  Now there's a form factor you don't see everyday - at least, not on any phone that's powered by Google.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Testing Out A New ‘TV Trending’ Box At The Top Of Your Timeline  —  Twitter is betting big on TV, both as a source of traffic and as a potential source of lucrative advertising revenue.  And that's leading the company to test out new ways of bringing even more TV content — and traffic — to its platform.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
How A ‘Deviant’ Philosopher Built Palantir, A CIA-Funded Data-Mining Juggernaut  —  Since rumors began to spread that a startup called Palantir helped to kill Osama bin Laden, Alex Karp hasn't had much time to himself.  —  On one sun-baked July morning in Silicon Valley Palantir's lean 45 …
More: Valleywag and The VergeTweets: @nicoleperlrothThanks:@thealexknapp
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Meet The Dread Pirate Roberts, The Man Behind Booming Black Market Drug Website Silk Road  —  An entrepreneur as professionally careful as the Dread Pirate Roberts doesn't trust instant messaging services.  Forget phones or Skype.  At one point during our eight-month preinterview courtship …
More: The Register and The VergeTweets: @kashhill and @jeffreyatucker
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Ad-Free Social Platform App.net Raises Another $2.5M From Andreessen Horowitz  —  App.net, the social platform created in response to the ad-driven consumer social networks (specifically Twitter), just announced that it has raised $2.5 million in new funding.
More: App.net
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Silk Web Browser Gets A Whole New Look  —  Amazon's Silk web browser, which comes built into Kindle Fire devices, has received its first major upgrade since September 2012, the company announced today.  Though there have been steady under-the-hood improvements over time …
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
eBay launches “My Gadgets”, an easy way to catalog, value and one day sell your gadgets  —  Today, online auction marketplace eBay launched a new product called “My Gadgets” that it says will let users catalog the tech devices they have and appraise them should they wish to sell any later.
More: Gizmodo and Engadget
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Cisco to Cut 4,000 Jobs, Blames Weak Economic Recovery  —  Cisco Systems Inc. is once again tightening its belt, this time before bad news hits the bottom line.  —  The Silicon Valley network-equipment giant on Wednesday said it would cut 4,000 jobs, or 5% of its workforce …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
BlackBerry Patent Portfolio Worth $2 Billion to $3 Billion  —  BlackBerry's continuing decline has left it with comparatively little to offer a potential acquirer.  There's a crumbling smartphone business, a too-late-to-market operating system that has failed to capture the imagination …
More: BGRTweets: @johnpaczkowski

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