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August 24, 2013, 1:30 AM

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Microsoft:
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to retire within 12 months  —  Board of directors initiates succession process; Ballmer remains CEO until successor is named.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer has decided to retire as CEO within the next 12 months …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Ballmer on his biggest regret, the next CEO and more  —  Summary: I had 15 minutes today to ask Microsoft's outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer a few questions.  We talked his biggest regrets, his thinking on what's next and more.  Here's Part 1.  —  Mary Jo Foley
Microsoft:
Moving forward  —  Text of an internal email from Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer to employees regarding his plan to retire.  —  I am writing to let you know that I will retire as CEO of Microsoft within the next 12 months, after a successor is chosen.
Amir Efrati / jessica lessin:
Exclusive: Google Designing Its Own Self-Driving Car, Considers ‘Robo Taxi’  —  From left, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, CEO Larry Page, and co-founder Sergey Brin in 2011.  (Credit: Google)  —  Google Inc., which has been working on software to help major automakers build self-driving cars …
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech companies  —  The material provides the first evidence of a financial relationship between the tech companies and the NSA.  —  The National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to cover the costs of major internet companies involved …
Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:
NSA Analysts Intentionally Abused Spying Powers Multiple Times  —  Surveillance State: Three Ways You're Being Watched  —  Some National Security Agency analysts deliberately ignored restrictions on their authority to spy on Americans multiple times in the past decade …
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iFixit:
Motorola Moto X Teardown  —  What does $12.5 billion dollars buy you nowadays?  In Google's case, it buys Motorola, Inc. and all of its designs and patents.  Is it what we would have spent the money on?  Probably not, but the result of the acquisition is Motorola's first smartphone …
Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
Citing Steve Jobs email, DOJ claims Apple changed in-app purchase to retaliate against Amazon  —  In the Apple ebooks case, the federal government wants to change the way that Apple does business — not just for ebooks, but in all content markets.  —  The DOJ on Friday filed a revised proposed remedy …
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Netflix May Need to Accelerate Its Spending for Original Shows  —  Binge viewing of original series might end up accelerating expenditures  —  Binge-viewing may lead to binge-spending at Netflix, which could eventually see the impact in its stock price.  —  What went unmentioned among …
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Jamie Rigg / Engadget:
iWork for iCloud beta now open to anyone with an Apple ID  —  First it was available to developers, then a select few who received invitations, and now the beta of iWork for iCloud is available for all.  Apple's made no official announcement, but point your browser to icloud.com …
Bloomberg:
Baidu Agrees to Buy Majority Stake in Nuomi for $160 Million  —  Baidu Inc. (BIDU), owner of China's largest search engine, agreed to buy a majority stake in the e-commerce website operator Nuomi Holdings Inc. for about $160 million.  —  Beijing-based Baidu will buy about 59 percent …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Uber Confirms $258 Million Fundraise  —  It's not like Uber to be quiet.  But after a day without comment, the car-hailing company has now responded to our report yesterday that it raised a pile of cash, based on an official filing that echoed our sleuthing about the deal in July.

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