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August 22, 2013, 10:05 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.
Lance Whitney / CNET:
Apple iCloud services offline for a few million users  —  iMessage and other online services have been down for several hours for close to 3 million users, according to Apple's status page.  —  Apple iCloud users have been hit by yet another outage, though this one seems to have affected a relatively small percentage of users.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple poaches Levi's Senior VP for U.S. Retail as search for chief continues  —  Apple has poached Enrique Atienza from Levi Strauss, a global clothing sales powerhouse, to become a top director for its U.S. Retail market, according to sources with knowledge of the hire.
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.
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.
Nick Summers / Businessweek:
Steve Case's Second Life as D.C.'s Favorite Businessman  —  It helps that he's an hour late and his audience has spent the time getting into a keg of Shiner Bock, but when Steve Case walks into the Austin (Tex.) offices of the startup he's just invested $40 million in, he gets a deafening welcome.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.

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