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August 29, 2013, 8:55 PM

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Washington Post:
U.S. spy network's successes, failures and objectives detailed in ‘black budget’ summary  —  U.S. spy agencies have built an intelligence-gathering colossus since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but remain unable to provide critical information to the president on a range of national security threats …
Bloomberg:
Microsoft Is Said to Be in Talks to Invest in Foursquare  —  Microsoft is in talks with Foursquare about a potential investment in the social-media company, according to people with knowledge of the discussions.  The talks are at an advanced stage, said two of the people …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple begins training support staff on iOS 7 & iTunes Radio, preparing for customer surprise  —  Apple has started training its AppleCare technical support staff on the changes and feature-set of iOS 7, according to multiple AppleCare employees.  These people say that training began today …
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Facebook considers adding profile photos to facial recognition  —  (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is considering incorporating most of its 1 billion-plus members' profile photos into its growing facial recognition database, expanding the scope of the social network's controversial technology.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Guess who's advising Box: Ex-Microsoft exec Sinofsky helping Levie and team  —  Like many modern relationships, this one started with a Facebook message.  —  Steven Sinofsky and Box CEO Aaron Levie  —  That was how Aaron Levie, the CEO of Box, connected with Steven Sinofsky after hearing …
Leo Kelion / BBC:
Skype confirms 3D video calls are under development  —  Skype said that limitations with current 3D technologies had stopped it launching the feature  —  Skype has confirmed it has developed 3D video calls.  —  The news was revealed by a senior executive in an exclusive interview with the BBC to mark Skype's tenth anniversary.
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
Bring Me Your Accents.  Immigration Fuels Innovation  —  I have lived (England, France, Italy, Spain, Japan & the US) and worked (Ireland, Germany, India) around the world.  —  I adore accents.  I listen not only for the country but the region.  —  I became engrossed with the origins of both accents and phrases.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Screenshots of Samsung's ‘Galaxy Gear’ smartwatch companion app leak ahead of Sept. 4 unveiling  —  We've been hearing a lot about Samsung's upcoming smartwatch dubbed “Galaxy Gear” in recent weeks, and just a few days ago Samsung's Lee Young-hee confirmed that the device …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
IDC Lowers 2013 Tablet Forecast To 227M, As Phablets And Wearables Crowd Into The Market  —  The PC industry may be shaken up by the rapid encroachment of tablets into consumer and enterprise spending habits — a trend that's seeing lighter devices like the iPad, as well as cheaper tablets …
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Outbox lands on Android as its service to digitalize snail mail opens to all in San Francisco  —  Outbox, the service that digitizes your postal mail and sends it to you wherever you are, has opened its doors to the public — well at least to those in San Francisco.
Alexander C. Kaufman / International Business Times:
Exclusive: Aereo To Launch On Android In September, Says CEO  —  Aereo uses tiny antennas to pick up over-the-air signals and beam them to subscribers' iPads and computers.  Courtesy of Aereo  —  Aereo, the upstart television streaming service, plans to launch its product on Android devices in September …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Foursquare Launches New “Passive” Tip Feature for Phones  —  Earlier this year, Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley raised $41 million, and promised to use that money “to do the things we want to do.”  —  Today he's giving people a glimpse of what that looks like: A new feature that will allow …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
VHX Raises $3 Million More for Its Sell-It-Yourself Video Service  —  YouTube makes it easy to upload your videos and distribute them all over the world.  But what if you want to sell those videos?  —  That's where VHX would like to step in.  —  The Brooklyn-based company …
Jonathan Lau / Medium:
Dollar for dollar raised, Kickstarter dominates Indiegogo SIX times over … While freelancing in the crowdfunding space, Edward (@ejunprung) and I noticed a huge size discrepancy between Kickstarter and Indiegogo.  We decided to fully size Indiegogo up and compare their numbers …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
U.S. Losing Ground In Mobile App Market  —  If mobile apps are the post-PC era's software industry, the U.S. may be losing its edge.  According to new findings mobile analytics firm Flurry released this morning, the U.S. isn't leading in the creation of mobile applications …

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