August 25, 2013, 6:10 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple said to have tested 64-bit 'A7′ chips for iPhone 5S, 31% speed increases reported  —  As Apple's iPhone 5S event approaches, some new details about the new device's internals are emerging.  Clayton Morris has claimed on Twitter that the iPhone 5S's A7 processor is …
David Meyer / GigaOM:
NSA hacked into encrypted UN communications, leaked documents show  —  The NSA successfully cracked the encryption guarding the United Nations' internal videoconferencing system, according to documents seen by Germany's Der Spiegel.  —  The publication reported on Sunday …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Instagram, Vine stop working at same time; people use Twitter to freak out  —  If you want to Instagram another selfie or post a hilarious Vine video, it looks like you'll need to wait as both Instagram and Vine are currently out-of-order.  —  It appears both social media hubs went down sometime around 1 p.m. PST.
More: TechCrunch and @instagram and @vineapp
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Disruptions: A Blogger Mocks the Denizens of Silicon Valley  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Sam Biddle may have one of the easiest jobs in technology journalism.  That is, easy if you have the stomach for his line of work.  —  Every morning, he wakes up in his Brooklyn apartment, checks Twitter on his smartphone …
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
The Truth About Marissa Mayer: An Unauthorized Biography  —  On the morning of Thursday, July 12, 2012, Yahoo's interim CEO, Ross Levinsohn, still believed he was going to be named permanent CEO of the company.  —  He had just one meeting to go.  —  That meeting was a board meeting …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Lauren Goode / AllThingsD:
The Ballmer Product Pipeline Shows a Very Mixed Record for Microsoft  —  Larger-than-life CEO Steve Ballmer will be remembered for a lot of things during his 13-year tenure at Microsoft, but what about the actual products he oversaw?  —  Overall, it is a very mixed bag …
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Why Yahoo and Apple Want Foursquare's Data  —  This week, BuzzFeed reported that Yahoo was in talks with Foursquare about a possible data-sharing deal.  The news comes just months after Apple senior VP Eddy Cue was said to be in discussions with Foursquare to integrate its location data into the Apple's mapping service.
Quentin Hardy / NYT Bits:
VMware Killed the Past.  Can It Claim the Future?  —  VMware is a 15-year-old tech company with a market capitalization of $36 billion.  Next week, it will host 21,000 customers in San Francisco and will start to find out if that means it is young or old.  —  “It's a statement of our success …
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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
As Wix Heads Toward IPO, Weebly Looks To Expand With Big New SF Headquarters, Plans To Add 500+ Employees  —  Weebly, the service that lets you, your grandma and anyone else build a website for free, is growing fast.  The startup launched out of Y Combinator in 2007 and today hosts over 15 million sites …
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
The Pentagon as Silicon Valley's Incubator  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In the ranks of technology incubator programs, there is AngelPad here in San Francisco and Y Combinator about 40 miles south in Mountain View.  And then there is the Pentagon.  —  In the last year, former Department of Defense …
More: Politico and Valleywag
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 8.1 is ready for its October 17th release  —  Microsoft has finalized its Windows 8.1 update.  Sources familiar with the company's Windows plans have revealed to The Verge that the software maker completed the development of Windows 8.1 earlier this week — stamped as build 9600 for Release to manufacturing (RTM).

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