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August 18, 2013, 3:05 PM

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New York Times:
Expecting the Unexpected From Jeff Bezos  —  EARLY employees of Amazon still remember the day the company took away their aspirin.  —  It was late 1999.  After years of heady excess, the Internet boom was beginning to falter.  Amazon, among the most celebrated of the dot-coms, was burdened with debt and spiraling losses.
Louis Kowolowski / Silent Circle Blog:
Why can't email be secure?  —  Coming on the heels of our announcement that we had shut down our Silent Mail service, we received a comment about securing email communications.  “In a recent press release, your company stated it was impossible to secure email communication ‘as we know it’.
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Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
Barnes & Noble drops Nook with GlowLight price to $99.  New model on the way?  —  Barnes & Noble dropped the price of its front-lit e-reader, the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, to $99 on Sunday, from $119.  This makes the Nook with GlowLight the only front-lit reader on the market under $99.
Jack Hitt / New York Times:
An Inventor Wants One Less Wire to Worry About  —  SOMETIMES, there is an actual eureka moment.  For Meredith Perry, it was in late 2010, during her senior year studying astrobiology at the University of Pennsylvania.  She was searching for an idea to enter into the college's innovation competition.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Celebrity endorsements: Turning tech companies around since 2010  —  HTC is struggling.  Second quarter revenue fell sharply and the company is warning investors that it'll post a loss for the third quarter of this year.  —  But Chief Marketing Officer Ben Ho has big plans to turn the company around.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla to ship ‘Metro-ized’ Firefox Dec. 10  —  If all goes well, touch-enabled Windows 8 browser will ship as part of Firefox 26  —  Mozilla will launch Firefox for Microsoft's Windows 8 “Modern” user interface in mid-December, more than a year after the operating system's launch …
Steve Wozniak / Gizmodo:
Jobs, Reviewed by Steve Wozniak  —  In the discussion section of our Jobs review, Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak weighed in with his own impressions of the movie—and how he and others were portrayed.  What follows is Woz's unedited take on Jobs:  —  I saw Jobs tonight.  I thought the acting throughout was good.
Vijith Assar / Slashdot:
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
As Court Releases Files In Case Alleging Google Tracked UK Safari Users, Search Giant Wants To Move Case To U.S.  —  Some new developments this weekend in the case of 12 people in the UK who want to sue Google for secretly tracking their online activity by working around privacy settings in Apple's Safari web browser.
Dylan Tweney / VentureBeat:
Big-data ad platform Rocket Fuel plans $100M IPO  —  Ad network and data-analysis company Rocket Fuel is planning a $100 million initial public offering, according to documents filed with the SEC. The S-1 filing is still missing a few key details, such as the anticipated price of the stock or the hoped-for valuation of the company.
Alex Colon / GigaOM:
If you're single, your mom is more likely to use an iPad than you are  —  A new study from Flurry Analytics is out, filled with data about iPhone and iPad usage collected randomly from 44,295 users during the month of May.  This data is helpful for advertisers, but it's pretty interesting for everyone else as well.

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