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August 28, 2013, 11:55 AM

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Matthew Prince / CloudFlare Blog:
Details Behind Today's Internet Hacks … At 1:19pm (PDT) today, a researcher noticed that the New York Times' website wasn't loading.  We know the New York Times tech team, so we sent an email to check in.  A few minutes later, the CTO of the NYT called us back.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal:
HTC Developing Smartphone Operating System  —  Taiwanese Handset Maker Works With China in Bid to Revive Sales  —  TAIPEI—HTC Corp. is developing a mobile software system specifically for Chinese consumers, people familiar with the project say, as part of a big China bet …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Apple Acquires Swedish Firm AlgoTrim, A Company That Does Mobile Media And Data Compression  —  Apple has acquired AlgoTrim, a Swedish startup that builds codecs and designs solutions that maximize performance of data, mobile imaging, video and computer graphics while minimizing memory requirements …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Nintendo dropping Wii U price to $299.99 ahead of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 launch  —  The Wii U hasn't been selling quite as well as Nintendo might like, and September 20th it's giving the new console a $50 price cut that'll bring it down to $299.99.  Earlier this month …
Simon Bisson / ZDNet:
What Microsoft and Google's YouTube row says about the future of web development  —  Summary: The Google/Microsoft YouTube dispute tells you more about the way software for the mobile internet is being developed that you might have thought.  —  When it comes to Google and Microsoft's dispute …
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Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Google drops Nexus 4 price, now starts at $199  —  The Nexus 4 just got a lot cheaper.  The company's flagship Android phone is now available for a full $100 less than it was just hours ago.  The 8GB model is on sale through the Google Play Store for $199 with a contract, while the 16GB model is $249.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Car Sharing Startup Local Motion Gets $6 Million Investment, Steven Sinofsky On Its Board  —  Steven Sinofsky is joining the board of car sharing technology startup Local Motion.  —  Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (AH) is investing $6 million in Local Motion.  Sinofsky recently joined Andreessen Horowitz.
Simon Sharwood / The Register:
Marc Andreessen, Pat Gelsinger in verbal VMworld brawl  —  Netscape legend and VMware CEO clash on security, ARM vs. x86 and role of cloud  —  VMworld 2013 VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and graphical-browser-inventor-turned- venture-capitalist Marc Andreessen have engaged in a feisty debate at Vmworld 2013 …
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Michael Kassner / TechRepublic:
Researchers reverse-engineer the Dropbox client: What it means  —  There were doubts about being able to reverse engineer heavily-obfuscated applications written in Python.  Two researchers have removed all doubt by reverse engineering the immensely popular Dropbox client.
David Kravets / Wired:
Hacker Pleads Guilty to Selling FBI Access to U.S. Supercomputers  —  Cray XT4 supercomputer cluster (Franklin) has 9,660 compute nodes.  Each has quad-core AMD processors running at 2.3 GHz.  Franklin has 38,640 processor cores, with 8 GB of memory per node and a total 350 TB of usable disk space.
eMarketer:
Facebook Sees Big Gains in Global Mobile Ad Market Share  —  Google to take home half of $16.65 billion worldwide mobile ad market  —  Facebook's continued emphasis on mobile monetization, along with its users' ongoing shift toward mobile devices, is resulting in dramatic gains in mobile ad market share …

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