August 22, 2013, 11:45 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 …
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.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Uber Filing in Delaware Shows TPG Investment at $3.5 Billion Valuation; Google Ventures Also In  —  According to a Delaware filing by Uber Technologies, it has sold stock in the fast-growing privately held transportation service to private equity giant TPG.  In addition, according to sources …
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.
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.
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.
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Facebook's Login feature opens up to all, requiring apps to ask for permission to post to Timelines  —  Facebook certainly has grown offer one of the most widely used login connections in the world.  Through the feature formerly known as Facebook Connect, the social networking company …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Sorry Twitter: Your IPO won't be ‘low profile’  —  Twitter has an unreasonable request for its prospective IPO bankers.  —  FORTUNE — Twitter is beginning to speak with bankers about its inevitable IPO, according to the New York Post.  No real surprise, except for this quote: … Say what now?
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 …
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 …
More: Business InsiderThanks:@chinageeks
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Martyn Williams / PC World:
Xerox releases patch for scanning error issue  —  Xerox has issued the first software patch intended to fix a problem in some multi-function printers that causes characters to be incorrectly reproduced when scanned.  —  The problem first came to light in early August when a German computer …
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 …

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