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August 16, 2013, 10:45 AM

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Barton Gellman / Washington Post:
NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds  —  The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
NSA Spying: The Three Pillars of Government Trust Have Fallen  —  With each recent revelation about the NSA's spying programs government officials have tried to reassure the American people that all three branches of government—the Executive branch, the Judiciary branch, and the Congress …
More: emptywheel and GigaOM
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Court: Ability to police U.S. spying program limited  —  The leader of the secret court that is supposed to provide critical oversight of the government's vast spying programs said that its ability do so is limited and that it must trust the government to report when it improperly spies on Americans.
Jungah Lee / Bloomberg:
Samsung Said to Introduce Wristwatch-Like Smartphone Next Month  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) will introduce a wristwatch-like device named the Galaxy Gear next month that can make phone calls, surf the Web and handle e-mails, according to two people familiar with the matter.
David Pierce / The Verge:
Build-a-Phone Workshop: my first encounter with Moto Maker and a customized Moto X  —  Turns out 18 is a lot of choices.  —  As one of the first people allowed into Motorola's Moto Maker program, I had a chance to design the phone I always wanted, to order a phone made by Motorola but designed by me.
Jeffrey Meisner / Microsoft on the Issues:
The limits of Google's openness  —  Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft  —  You may be wondering what happened to the YouTube app for Windows Phone.  Last May, after we launched a much improved app on our platform, Google objected on a number of grounds.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia to launch Windows RT tablet in September, alleged pictures leak  —  Nokia is planning to launch its first Windows RT tablet in September.  Sources familiar with Nokia's plans have revealed to The Verge that the company will unveil its tablet at a special launch event in New York next month.
Lorraine Luk / Digits:
Apple Appears to Be Hiring in China  —  Apple Inc. seems to be beefing up hiring in China.  —  Among the more than two hundred openings in China on professional network site LinkedIn, some of the eye-catching China-based positions include an environmental affairs program manager, a security specialist and a store specialist.
Damon Lavrinc / Wired:
Mercedes Is Testing Google Glass Integration, and It Actually Works  —  I put the car in park, unplug the phone, and put Google Glass on my face.  Within seconds, I've got step-by-step directions to a coffee shop down the street beamed directly to my eyeballs.
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Apple IPhone Antitrust Complaint Dismissed by U.S. Judge  —  Apple (AAPL) Inc. won dismissal on procedural grounds of a lawsuit claiming the company maintains a monopoly over iPhone applications.  —  U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in Oakland, California, ruled today that the plaintiffs …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
What Ad Network Problem?  Vungle Raises $6.5 Million for Mobile Video Ads.  —  Public investors aren't very excited about ad networks and ad technology.  But private money is still placing bets.  —  The newest: A $6.5 million A round for Vungle, a mobile ad network focused on “in-app” ads.
Drew Fitzgerald / Wall Street Journal:
With Gmail Overhaul, Not All Mail Is Equal  —  Google Funnels Offers Into ‘Promotions’ Folder, Tops Them With Its Own Ads; Kate Spade, Groupon and Gap Want Out  —  For some retailers that rely on emailed promotions, Google Inc. is adding insult to injury.  —  When the search giant overhauled …
More: DigitsTweets: @drewfitzgerald and @cveira
Brian Crecente / Polygon:
Plague of game dev harassment erodes industry, spurs support groups  —  The greatest threat to the video game industry may be some of its most impassioned fans.  Increasingly, game developers are finding themselves under attack by some of the very people they devote their lives to entertaining.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Viacom-Sony TV Is a Big Deal.  It's Also the Same Deal We Already Have.  —  Viacom's deal to deliver its cable TV shows to a new Web video service from Sony isn't final.  —  But it is a big deal: As the Wall Street Journal first reported today, this is the first time a major programmer has agreed …
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