August 20, 2013, 4:00 PM

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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 …
John McDermott / AdAge:
iTunes Radio to Debut in September With McDonald's, Nissan, P&G, Pepsi  —  Launch Partners Sign 12-Month Deals Worth Tens of Millions of Dollars  —  iTunes Radio, Apple's answer to Pandora, is set to debut next month with a handful of high-profile brand partners including McDonald's, Nissan …
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
PlayStation 4 hitting shelves on November 15th in the US for $399, November 29th in Europe  —  There isn't much we don't know about the PlayStation 4 at this point.  Sony has let the details slip out in drips and drabs, dragging out the mystery as long as possible.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Google and Waze Start Mixing Their Maps for the First Time  —  Google today is introducing the first integrations between its homegrown Google Maps for mobile and its newly owned Waze.  —  Google adds Waze  —  The traffic tab on Google Maps for iOS and Android will now include accidents …
Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
Barnes & Noble totally reverses strategy in train wreck of an investor call  —  Want to know what Barnes & Noble's plan is for the future?  In that case, it would be wise to ignore pretty much everything the company has said it was going to do in recent months.  —  Getting out of the tablet business?
More: SlashGearTweets: @pogue and @pkafka
Julian Borger / Guardian:
NSA files: why the Guardian in London destroyed hard drives of leaked files  —  A threat of legal action by the government that could have stopped reporting on the files leaked by Edward Snowden led to a symbolic act at the Guardian's offices in London  —  Guardian editors on Tuesday revealed …
Alan Rusbridger / Guardian:
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
TiVo Roamio Pro review: this is the ultimate cable box  —  But it comes at a price  —  There is nothing more instantly dangerous to the average relationship than screwing up the TV.  —  It's just a fact, crystallized in 50 years of jokes about remote controls: who's holding it, how complicated it is, how many there are.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Instagram Cracks Down On Connected Apps Using “Insta” And “Gram”  —  Instagram has updated its brand guidelines to ban apps that feature either the word ‘Insta’ or ‘Gram’ in their names, and it has begun sending emails to existing apps requesting that they change those components ‘within a reasonable period’.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Motorola pulls engraving features from Moto X for now, cites quality control issues  —  One of the allures of the Moto X is the ability to customize the appearance of the device to your own specifications — even down to having your own message printed on the back of the phone (provided you adhere to Motorola's guidelines, of course).
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.”
More: Digital TrendsTweets: @culturerevealed
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Birst Raises Another $38M Led By Sequoia To Expand Its Cloud-Based Business Intelligence Solutions  —  Rack up one more win for companies looking to overturn legacy enterprise IT with cloud-based services.  Birst, a San Francisco-based startup using the software-as-a-service model …
Bernard Vaughan / Reuters:
Judge dismisses suit against AOL in patent sale to Microsoft  —  (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit accusing AOL Inc and some of its executives of fraud for repurchasing 14.8 million shares in 2011 without disclosing that the company would sell a $1 billion portfolio of patents to Microsoft Corp months later.
More: ZDNet and CNET
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google's Updated YouTube App With In-App Multitasking Launches On iOS  —  Just yesterday, Google unexpectedly announced the new YouTube app for Android, but it wouldn't say when it would bring these updates, including the ability to multitask in the app by minimizing videos while searching for that next glorious cat video, to iOS.
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.

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