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September 2, 2013, 12:40 AM

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Christina Farr / VentureBeat:
This is Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch: A blocky health tracker with a camera  —  Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch is a chunky, 3-inch wrist-mounted accessory that runs Android apps and connects with your phone via Bluetooth.  —  Samsung is set to reveal its Galaxy Gear smartwatch next Wednesday, Sept. 4, in Berlin.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
More details on Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch: those images are of a prototype  —  Venturebeat caused a holiday weekend stir with what appeared to be pictures of Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch, which will be formally unveiled this Wednesday.  However, the model of the watch reported …
New York Times:
Drug Agents Use Vast Phone Trove, Eclipsing N.S.A.'s  —  For at least six years, law enforcement officials working on a counternarcotics program have had routine access, using subpoenas, to an enormous AT&T database that contains the records of decades of Americans' phone calls …
New York Times:
Synopsis of the Hemisphere Project  —  A slide presentation given to The New York Times shows that the Hemisphere Project was started in 2007 and has been carried out in great secrecy.
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Wall Street Journal:
Vodafone, Verizon Agree on $130 Billion Deal  —  Negotiators for Verizon Communications Inc. and Vodafone Group PLC have agreed to a deal in which Verizon will pay about $130 billion for the U.K. company's stake in their U.S. joint venture, a person familiar with the matter said.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Nintendo in Motion  —  My terse reaction to the 2DS on Wednesday: It's $129.  I say they should just give in and start making iOS games.  They're not going to win this battle.  This prompted several thoughtful responses, many of them staunchly in opposition.
Robert N. Charette / IEEE Spectrum:
The STEM Crisis Is a Myth  —  You must have seen the warning a thousand times: Too few young people study scientific or technical subjects, businesses can't find enough workers in those fields, and the country's competitive edge is threatened.  —  It pretty much doesn't matter …
More: IEEE Spectrum Recent … and GigaOMTweets: @alexia and @qthrul
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
A Data Broker Offers a Peek Behind the Curtain  —  IT can be disconcerting to learn what, not to mention how much, marketers know about us.  Consider a consumer like Scott E. Howe.  —  The Acxiom Corporation, a marketing technology company that has amassed details on the household makeup …
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