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August 27, 2013, 10:45 AM

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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple's iPhone Trade-in Program Is Already Being Piloted, Here's How It Works  —  Apple is about to introduce an iPhone trade-in program that will allow users to walk into a Retail store and trade up from an old model to a new one.  We've heard some interesting details about the way that the program …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
AllThingsD nears split with Dow Jones  —  Maybe the ‘D’ in AllThingsD should stand for ‘Deal.’  —  FORTUNE — The future of influential tech website All Things Digital is close to being decided.  —  Reuters reported in February that AllThingsD co-executive editors Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 8.1 is officially finished, but everyone has to wait until October 18th  —  Microsoft is confirming today, after recent reports, that the company has completed Windows 8.1 and is releasing it to manufacturing (RTM).  The finalization of the Windows 8 update means that hardware partners …
John Tozzi / Businessweek:
Jack Dorsey's Plan to Save America's Struggling Cities  —  Square co-founder (and Twitter chairman) Jack Dorsey started hosting events to bring together local business owners in California earlier this year.  This fall he's taking the idea to places normally off the tech world's radar …
Kurt Wagner / Mashable:
Facebook Unveils Shared Photo Albums  —  A picture's worth a thousand words, and now Facebook is letting others add to your conversation.  —  The world's largest social network announced shared photo albums on Monday, a new feature that allows multiple users to upload images to the same album.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple launches more intuitive AppleCare support website, 24/7 chat  —  Earlier this month, we reported that Apple would soon introduce significant changes to its online AppleCare support portals.  In line with our report, Apple has begun rolling out a redesigned AppleCare website to provide support …
Justine Sharrock / BuzzFeed:
The Rise And Fall Of A Startup Mansion  —  Startups, pizza, ego, beer, filth.  The collapse of a hacker house and the battle for Silicon Valley's soul.  —  a1.muscache.com  —  When William Hsu first moved to San Francisco to work in startups, he got a one-bedroom apartment.
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NBC News:
How Snowden did it  —  When Edward Snowden stole the crown jewels of the National Security Agency, he didn't need to use any sophisticated devices or software or go around any computer firewall.  —  All he needed, said multiple intelligence community sources, was a few thumb drives …
Julian Assange / The Stringer:
Google and the NSA: Who's holding the ‘s**t-bag’ now?  —  It has been revealed today, thanks to Edward Snowden, that Google and other US tech companies received millions of dollars from the NSA for their compliance with the PRISM mass surveillance system.  —  So just how close is Google to the US securitocracy?
Catherine Ho / Washington Post:
Patent seller Intellectual Ventures sets up its own lobbying effort in D.C.  —  As the White House and federal regulators work to crack down on so-called patent trolls, one company that's found success relying on a business model of licensing patents is building a new in-house lobbying team in Washington.
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Lucian Constantin / PC World:
Following Google's lead, Mozilla considers rejecting long-lived digital certificates  —  Mozilla is considering the possibility of rejecting as invalid SSL certificates issued after July 1, 2012, with a validity period of more than 60 months.  Google already made the decision to block …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Dell intros new Latitude business laptops, including a flagship Ultrabook (hands-on)  —  Fun fact: the XPS 13 Ultrabook we liked so much also happens to be one of Dell's best-selling products.  It's been so successful, in fact, that even large corporations have been thinking of issuing it to their employees …
Mike Wehner / TUAW:
U.S. government finds 0.7% of all mobile malware affects iOS, while Android accounts for 79%  —  A cautionary memo put out by the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of Justice shows that, according to the government's findings, only 0.7 percent of all mobile malware is designed to take advantage of iOS.
Stefan Constantinescu / Android Beat:
Samsung Exec confirms Note III and Galaxy Gear launch for September 4th (next week!)  —  Lee Young-hee, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile business, told The Korea Times that Samsung will be unveiling the Galaxy Note III and Galaxy Gear smartwatch on September 4th.

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