August 22, 2013, 5:40 AM

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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
NSA gathered thousands of Americans' e-mails before court struck down program  —  The National Security Agency unlawfully gathered as many as tens of thousands of e-mails and other electronic communications between Americans as part of a now-discontinued collection program, according to a 2011 secret court opinion.
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Secret court ‘troubled’ by NSA surveillance, ruled illegal  —  Summary: A secret Washington D.C.-based surveillance court found the NSA's email and data collection program illegal in 2011, as it collected tens of thousands of American emails each year.  —  Zack Whittaker
Greg Sterling / Marketing Land:
Yahoo #1 Web Property Again In US, First Time Since Early 2008 [Updated with comScore Statement]  —  ComScore just released its monthly Top 50 US Web properties list today.  I've generally stopped looking at this list.  But it was pointed out to me that Yahoo is back at number one.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Telepathy raises $5 million to develop Google Glass rival  —  The Silicon Valley startup uses the funding to hire new engineers for its wearable, programmable computing device.  —  CNET's Scott Stein wearing the prototype Telepathy One headset along with his regular glasses.
Dave Capra / Facebook Developer Blog:
Embedded Posts Now Available to Everyone  —  We introduced Embedded Posts in July to make it easy for publishers to add any public post from Facebook to their blog or web site.  Today, we're excited to make Embedded Posts available to everyone.  We've also added several enhancements based on feedback from our launch partners.
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
C is for Choices  —  I have to admit, it was a bit of a thrill breaking the news to the western world of the latest iPhone leak: … Still, it really wasn't anything new (although I did learn the reason for dual flash), and certainly nothing of strategic import. … So let's analyze.
Insight: At Apple, Tim Cook leads a quiet cultural revolution  —  (Reuters) - Shortly after signing on as chief operating officer at Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg was looking to connect with people in a similar role - No. 2 to a brilliant and passionate young founder.  She called Tim Cook.
Danielle Walker / SC Magazine Australia:
Millions stolen from US banks after ‘wire payment switch’ targeted  —  Three banks plundered with DDoS distraction.  —  Criminals have recently hijacked the wire payment switch at several US banks to steal millions from accounts, a security analyst says.  —  Gartner vice president Avivah Litan …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Orb Networks shuts down after being acquired by Qualcomm in May  —  Oakland, Calif.-based media streaming startup Orb Networks has been acquired by Qualcomm, and is now winding down its operations in the coming months.  A notice on Orb's home page, first spotted by Engadget …
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Seth Rosenblatt / CNET:
Google Glass finds fellow traveler in Field Trip  —  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 …
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Amid Executive Changes, HP Posts Declining Q3 Revenue Of $27.2B As Its PC Division Weakens  —  Today HP announced its third-quarter financial performance, including revenue of $27.2 billion, down 8 percent year over year.  The company earned $0.86 per share on a non-GAAP basis.
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Intel Leads $17 Million Financing of Maginatics  —  Maginatics Inc. is assembling a roster of some of the biggest U.S. technology companies as investors, adding Intel Corp. (INTC) to the list, as the storage startup aims for mass adoption.  —  The Mountain View, California-based company …
GM to Offer Smartphones Wireless Charging in 2014 Cars  —  General Motors Co. (GM), the largest U.S. automaker, will start offering wireless charging for smartphones in some vehicles next year, said Ran Poliakine, chief executive officer of Powermat Technologies Ltd.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
With $1M In New Funding, Betterfly Launches Live Video Platform Tailored To Online Learning  —  Chicago-based self-improvement startup Betterfly has been connecting teachers and students in real life for music lessons, relationship coaching, juggling instruction and just about anything you can imagine.

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