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August 20, 2013, 8:50 AM

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Pamela Jones / Groklaw:
Forced Exposure  —  The owner of Lavabit tells us that he's stopped using email and if we knew what he knew, we'd stop too.  —  There is no way to do Groklaw without email.  Therein lies the conundrum.  —  What to do?  —  What to do?  I've spent the last couple of weeks trying to figure it out.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
More NSA Spying Fallout: Groklaw Shutting Down  —  A few months ago, after the NSA spying stories first broke, we wrote about a bit from This American Life where the host, Ira Glass, was interviewing lawyers for prisoners detained at Guantanamo, about the impact of knowing that the government …
Alan Rusbridger / Guardian:
David Miranda, schedule 7 and the dangers reporters now face  —  As the events in a Heathrow transit lounge - and the Guardian offices - have shown, the threat to journalism is real and growing  —  In a private viewing cinema in Soho last week I caught myself letting fly with a four-letter expletive …
Timothy B. Lee / The Switch:
U.K. government thought destroying Guardian hard drives would stop Snowden stories  —  In a remarkable post, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger describes how the British government raided the Guardian's offices in order to destroy hard drives containing information provided by NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
What's inside Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch?  Here are some key details  —  It was about a week ago when Bloomberg reported that Samsung was getting ready to launch its smart watch called Galaxy Gear.  Since then we have been calling around and our sources have come back with enough details …
Wall Street Journal:
Supplier to Ship Two Apple iPhones in September  —  Apple Inc. has asked assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. to begin shipping both a new high-end and low-end iPhone in early September, people familiar with the matter said.  The shipping plans suggest that two new iPhone models …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Key Nike FuelBand developer and fitness expert Jay Blahnik confirms new job at Apple, likely working on iWatch  —  Jay Blahnik, a globally recognized fitness expert and instrumental consultant in the development of several Nike fitness products, has confirmed his new role at Apple.
Chris O'Brien / Los Angeles Times:
Tech industry slips into a surprising slump  —  After a six-year boom ignited by the introduction of the iPhone in 2007, tech firms are in the unusual position of being laggards in the U.S. economy's recovery.  —  Microsoft is among the tech industry's biggest players struggling to navigate …
Evan Selinger / Wired:
The ‘Mood Graph’: How Our Emotions Are Taking Over the Web  —  Recently, URL shortener Bitly announced a beta version of its tool for “Feelings”, a “fun bookmarklet to express how you feel about the content you're sharing”.  Its tagline, however, is even more telling: “Because you don't ‘like’ everything.”
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Dropbox gives users 1GB of extra space just for linking their account with Mailbox  —  Cloud storage service Dropbox has revealed a nice little easter egg that is gives users 1GB of additional space for free.  All that's required to take advantage of this offer is to link your Mailbox account with Dropbox.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
CIRP survey: Where Apple and Samsung get their customers  —  For Apple, 42% from previous iPhone owners.  For Samsung, mostly 'droids and dumb phones.  —  FORTUNE — Twenty percent of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone customers over the past year were switching from an Android phone …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia Bandit: a 6-inch giant Windows Phone coming soon  —  Nokia is planning a big-screen Windows Phone for release later this year.  Sources familiar with Nokia's plans have revealed to The Verge that the company is currently testing a 6-inch device with the latest version of Windows Phone.
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Feds seized $2.9M in Bitcoin funds from Mt. Gox, court docs show  —  The federal government sent a strong signal to Bitcoin traders earlier this year when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security seized an account belonging to Mt. Gox, the most popular exchange for people to buy and sell the crypto-currency.

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