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August 22, 2013, 10:10 PM

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jessica lessin:
Exclusive: Apple Buys (Another) Map App, Embark  —  Apple Inc. keeps snapping up mapping companies.  —  The latest: Embark Inc., a small Silicon Valley upstart that builds free transit apps to help smartphone users navigate public transportation.  —  We don't know how much Apple paid …
Quartz:
Apple, closer to its vision for a TV set, wants ESPN, HBO, Viacom, and others to come along  —  Years of halting negotiating with cable companies haven't gotten Apple much closer to its grand vision for television.  But a newer strategy of talking directly to content providers seems more promising.
Steven Sinofsky / Learning by Shipping:
steven @ a16z  —  As a reader of this blog, you probably notice the two big themes of learning (by shipping): (1) learning about new technologies, new ways to do things, and new products and (2) improving how products are made from an engineering and management perspective.
Kellex / Droid Life:
New Nexus 7 Receiving Update to JSS15Q, Should Address Multitouch Issues  —  The new Nexus 7 has had a couple of issues to deal with out of the gate that has most certainly frustrated early adopters.  First it was a GPS issue, but more recently the focus has moved onto multi-touch issues with the device's display.
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
The Nexus 7 (2013) Review  —  Truth be told, Google has made (or at least directed the making of) some of the best tablets on the market today.  The original Nexus 7 was groundbreaking in that it offered a totally usable platform, married to the latest version of Android, for $199.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Windows 8: Lenovo brings back Start menu, sidesteps Windows Store with Pokki  —  Lenovo, which recently took the title of world's largest PC maker, is going around Microsoft to restore something much closer to the traditional Start Menu in its Windows 8 machines, in addition to letting users sidestep …
Reuters:
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.
C. Custer / Tech in Asia:
‘Xiaomi is now worth $10 billion,’ confirms CEO Lei Jun after new funding round  —  Titans of industry: Kingsoft, YY, and Xiaomi execs apparently celebrating the finalized deal.  —  Last June, Chinese mobile startup Xiaomi had netted an additional $216 million in series C funding that gave …
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
MakerBot's $1,400 Digitizer Now Available To Pre-Order, Will Ship By Mid-October  —  The folks at MakerBot have been teasing their Digitizer desktop 3D scanner since this past March, but now they're just about ready push it out the door.  For $1,400, you too can scan all the little knick-knacks …
Rafat Ali / Skift:
Travelocity Gives In, Sites To Be Powered by Expedia  —  Travelocity, the online booking site owned by Sabre, has given in to the intense competition in the online booking sector, and gone with the least risky option short of actually selling itself off: it has done a deal with once-competitor Expedia …
Sean Buckley / Engadget:
Google Now updated with car rentals, concert tickets and more  —  Traffic and weather updates are great, but Google Now never shines better than when you're on vacation.  To that end, Mountain View has taught the feature a few new tricks, equipping it with cards for keeping track car rental and concert ticket.
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
Microsoft bribery probe enters Russia, Pakistan  —  Summary: Microsoft has confirmed that the company is working with U.S. authorities to root out potential illegal activities in Pakistan and Russia.  —  Charlie Osborne  —  Microsoft has confirmed that the company is working with U.S. authorities …
Bloomberg:
Amazon Is Said to Have Tested a Wireless Network  —  Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) has tested a new wireless network that would allow customers to connect its devices to the Internet, according to people with knowledge of the matter.  —  The wireless network, which was tested in Cupertino …
More: The Next Web and GizmodoTweets: @bloombergtech
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Teens Actually Care About Their Mobile Privacy  —  photo credit: Steve Crane via photopin cc  —  When it comes to sharing and safety on the Internet, it turns out that your kids may be more sensible than you think.  —  More than half of U.S. adolescents aged 12 to 17 have taken steps …
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Spotify in Talks With Brands To Create Twitter-Like Follow Feature  —  Music Service Plotting a Busy 2014 for Marketers  —  Spotify is in talks with brands to beta-test a “follow” feature so that marketers can push content like branded playlists to the music-streaming service's users.
Matt Hunter / CNBC:
Nasdaq resumes trading after three-hour shutdown  —  Trading resumed on the Nasdaq exchange after a three-hour shutdown that halted trading in such high-profile companies such as Apple, Microsoft and Facebook.  A problem affecting quote dissemination starting at 12:14:03 ET froze trading …

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