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August 26, 2013, 2:20 PM

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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Ballmer Departure From Microsoft Was More Sudden Than Portrayed by the Company  —  According to sources close to the situation, the departure of CEO Steve Ballmer from Microsoft last week was more sudden than was depicted by the company in its announcement that he would be retiring within the next year in a planned smooth transition.
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia Sirius: a 10.1-inch Windows RT tablet that looks like a Lumia  —  Nokia is preparing to back Windows RT by launching a 10.1-inch tablet soon.  Sources familiar with Nokia's plans have revealed to The Verge that the tablet, codenamed Sirius, will be launched shortly.
Paul Mozur / China Real Time Report:
Denial-of-Service Attack Shut Down Chinese Internet on Sunday Morning … Part of the Chinese Internet went down early Sunday morning in what the government is calling the largest denial-of-service attack it has ever faced.  —  The attack began at 2 a.m. Sunday morning and was followed …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple planning to launch iPhone trade-in program as soon as next month  —  Apple is beginning final preparations to launch an iPhone trade-in program in its retail stores as soon as next month, according to sources with knowledge of the initiative.  This trade-in program will allow customers …
Steven Levy / Wired:
Zuckerberg Explains Facebook's Plan to Get Entire Planet Online  —  Mark Zuckerberg wants to get everyone on Earth connected to the internet.  —  Last week, in an effort to reach this lofty goal, the Facebook CEO announced the establishment of Internet.org, a consortium that allied his company …
More: GigaOM and GeekWireTweets: @om and @stevenlevy
Bloomberg:
DoCoMo Rises on Speculation Carrier to Release Apple IPhone  —  NTT DoCoMo Inc. (9437) rose in Tokyo trading, while rivals KDDI Corp. (9433) and SoftBank Corp. (9984) fell, after a media report suggested Japan's largest mobile carrier may start selling Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPhone.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google blocks Chromecast app that let you stream your own videos  —  Google hasn't provided a clear answer on whether Chromecast will eventually let users stream their own local videos and music to the TV screen.  But if early updates for the $35 dongle are any indication …
Caleb Garling / San Francisco Chronicle:
Mitchell Kapor seeks to meld business, social good  —  In 1989 the FBI paid a visit to Mitchell Kapor.  The software executive had started a new venture after departing from his first, the pioneering consumer software company Lotus Development Corp., but the visit wasn't about either firm.
Rob Boffard / Ars Technica:
Meet Matt Kruse, the man making Facebook better  —  Around ten o'clock on most nights, Matt Kruse will kiss his wife and two daughters goodnight, sit down in front of his computer and start coding.  It'll be one or two in the morning before he goes to bed.  He works as a Web application developer …
Klint Finley / Wired:
Open Sourcers Pitch Secure Email in Dark Age of PRISM  —  With the specter of government surveillance hanging over this post-PRISM world, people are beginning to wonder if the idea of secure email is complete nonsense.  —  Ever since the former National Security Agency contractor Edward …
Tweets: @mailpileteam
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Sina, China's answer to Twitter, enters the mobile messaging battle with its own app  —  Sina, China's equivalent to Twitter, has jumped on the mobile messaging bandwagon after it began promoting its new app WeMeet, known as ‘Weimi’ in Chinese.  —  WeMeet has actually been around since April …

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