August 21, 2013, 1:40 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
New Details Show Broader NSA Surveillance Reach  —  Programs Cover 75% of Nation's Traffic, Can Snare Emails WASHINGTON—The National Security Agency—which possesses only limited legal authority to spy on U.S. citizens—has built a surveillance network that covers more Americans' Internet communications …
Facebook Newsroom:
Technology Leaders Launch Partnership to Make Internet Access Available to All  —  Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, Samsung to be founding partners  —  MENLO PARK, CA, — Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, today announced the launch of …
Vindu Goel / New York Times:
Facebook Leads an Effort to Lower Barriers to Internet Access  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. — About one of every seven people in the world uses Facebook.  Now, Mark Zuckerberg, its co-founder and chief executive, wants to make a play for the rest — including the four billion or so who lack Internet access.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Is Google Ready to Buy Its Way Into TV With an NFL Deal?  —  Here's a fun combination to ponder: The world's most powerful media company and America's most popular sport.  —  That could happen if Google buys the rights to the NFL's Sunday Ticket package, the all-you-can-eat subscription-TV service currently owned by DirecTV.
Jesse Hicks / The Verge:
Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years for WikiLeaks disclosures  —  Bradley Manning's court-martial reached an end today, with Army Colonel Denise Lind sentencing him to 35 years in prison.  The WikiLeaks source, arrested in Iraq in 2010 for releasing nearly 700,000 government documents to WikiLeaks …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Netflix Introduces ‘My List,’ A Personalized Instant Queue For Users All Over The World  —  Netflix is continually working to make its streaming video service more personalized, adding features that will make individual users keep coming back for more.  The company's latest effort in that direction …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Comcast Threatens to Sue TorrentFreak for Copyright Infringement  —  Over the past several years we have covered many copyright disputes, but now we have become part of one ourselves.  —  Last week we wrote a news article based on public court records, revealing that Prenda Law has been involved …
Seth Rosenblatt / CNET:
Field Trip now ready for Google Glass  —  The Field Trip app for exploring and learning about your surroundings launches a Glassware app for a more hands-free approach to real-world discovery.  —  Self-guided smartphone tours just got a lot more hands-free, as the Field Trip app …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft offers classrooms free Surface RT tablets with ad-free Bing for Schools  —  Microsoft's plan to battle Google in the classroom is launching today.  Bing for Schools is a new ad-free version of Microsoft's search service that includes strict filtering and privacy protections designed for schools.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Tech In A “Surprising Slump”?  Hardly  —  What is the forecast for tech?  It depends on whom you ask.  For some, it's contraction.  For others, the money is flowing.  Cisco is in the tank and has layoffs planned, even as Microsoft mints new billion-dollar businesses.  Yahoo can't keep its hands off the kids.
Apple IPad's China Market Share Slumps as Samsung Tablets Gain  —  The iPad's share of China's tablet-computer market plunged by more than 20 percentage points in the second quarter as Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) built on its lead in smartphones to cut into Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s sales.
More: Tech in Asia and iPhone HacksTweets: @hyunggmyung
Alexis Santos / Engadget:
LG Display claims a world's first with 2,560 x 1,440 LCD for smartphones  —  Full HD displays?  Eat your heart out, handset manufacturers.  LG Display has just laid claim to the world's first Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) smartphone display, which also boasts the highest pixel density of a mobile device, clocking in at 538ppi.
Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg:
Bitcoin Spawns China Virtual IPOs as U.S. Scrutiny Grows  —  The Bitcoin craze is catching on in China.  —  Sun Minjie is a 28-year-old Internet worker who lives in Beijing.  Eager to profit from growing demand for the digital currency, Sun has invested more than $3,000 in a company called 796 Xchange Ltd …
More: BTC Geek
Mat Honan / Wired:
The Great Mistake  —  Before the great gold rush of venture capital and public offerings, there was an idea that the Internet should not just change the world, but actively make it a better place.  Profit and empowerment, the voices said, should coexist.
More: App AdviceTweets: @tcarmody and @jonrussell
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Maker Studios Buys Blip, and a Home Outside of YouTube  —  Maker Studios, one of the biggest YouTube networks, is buying Blip, a video maker and distributor.  —  Blip officials informed their staff of the deal this morning, and it is expected to close in early September.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Facial Scanning Is Making Gains in Surveillance  —  WASHINGTON — The federal government is making progress on developing a surveillance system that would pair computers with video cameras to scan crowds and automatically identify people by their faces, according to newly disclosed documents …
More: BetabeatTweets: @thomas_drake1
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google's Stealthy Helpouts Live Video Commerce Service Makes Its First Public Appearance, Landing Page Now Live  —  Last month, our own Rip Empson broke the news that Google was working on Helpouts, a Hangouts-based marketplace “ that enables individuals and small and large businesses to buy and sell services via live video.”
Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
Vevo in Deals With Apple, Samsung for TV Programming  —  Online Music-Video Company to Deliver On-Demand Programming Via Set-Top Boxes, Television Sets  —  Music-video company Vevo LLC is migrating from YouTube to the boob tube in a back-to-the-future attempt to recreate something akin to the original MTV.

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