September 5, 2013, 9:45 AM

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Kathy Savitt / Yahoo!:
Introducing Our New Logo!  —  We're excited to share the new Yahoo logo with you.  It will begin appearing across Yahoo properties globally tonight.  —  We wanted a logo that stayed true to our roots (whimsical, purple, with an exclamation point) yet embraced the evolution of our products.
Marissa Mayer / Marissa's Tumblr:
Geeking Out on the Logo  —  So, tonight we unveiled the new Yahoo logo, concluding our 30 days of change.  —  We hadn't updated our logo in 18 years.  Our brand, as represented by the logo, has been valued at as much as ~$10 billion dollars.  So, while it was time for a change, it's not something we could do lightly.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Samsung's Galaxy Gear is a smartwatch like no other  —  On sale for $299 in the United States from early October  —  The Galaxy Gear, Samsung's latest foray into the smartwatch category, is now official and it's quite unlike anything you've seen before.  Yes, it's a smartphone accessory …
Zach Honig / Engadget:
Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry Seeks a Sale by November  —  The Board Aims to Wrap Up Auction by November  —  Beleaguered BlackBerry Ltd., intends to run a fast auction process that could be wrapped up by November, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The smartphone maker announced in August …
China's Huawei rules out acquisitions to grow in smartphones  —  (Reuters) - China's Huawei will not buy another mobile phone maker, such as Blackberry, to grow its market share in smartphones, senior vice president and board member Chen Lifang said on Wednesday.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Lenovo doubles down on convertible PC bet; Yoga-tizes lineup  —  Summary: Lenovo is betting that all laptop buyers will go multimode and meld tablets and PCs.  To Lenovo, Yoga DNA should go everywhere.  —  Lenovo is making a big bet on convertible PCs and betting that consumers and businesses …
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
China's Xiaomi unveils its new flagship Mi-3, with the 16GB version retailing for $327  —  Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi's founder Lei Jun took to the stage today in Beijing to launch the company's latest brand new flagship phone — the Xiaomi Mi-3.
Nick Wingfield / NYT Bits:
A Bloody Ballmer and Stalled Discussions on the Long Road to a Nokia Deal  —  SEATTLE — “We are on different planets.”  —  That was the response of Risto Siilasmaa, the chairman of Nokia's board of directors to Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive, after a team from Microsoft presented …
Joab Jackson /
Cache warfare: Azure and AWS get updated caching services  —  AWS now comes with Redis, while Windows Azure promises faster response times  —  The competition between Microsoft's Windows Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) has moved to the caching layer: Both companies updated their caching services this week.
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
Path adds new privacy features and Premium subscription in 3.2 update, announces Deutsche Telekom partnership  —  One of the benefits of Path when compared to social networks like Facebook and Twitter is that it's more private than public.  It's only accessible via mobile app and the service limits …
Manjoo Joins Wall Street Journal as Technology Columnist  —  Farhad Manjoo, a leading and influential Silicon Valley voice, is joining the Wall Street Journal as a columnist writing about technology companies, issues, people, products and trends.  —  Manjoo, who currently writes for Slate …
Steven Musil / CNET:
Microsoft awarded $14.5M in Motorola patent licensing suit  —  In second phase of landmark patent trial, jury finds the Google handset maker in breach of contract for failing to license standard essential patents at a reasonable rate.  —  Microsoft on Wednesday won another key courtroom victory …
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Pressure Mounts on Yahoo's De Castro COO needs to deliver results or could face ouster by end of the year  —  Yahoo finally got its latest ad savior yesterday when the company officially announced that former AOL executive Ned Brody will become svp of Americas, reporting directly to chief operating officer Henrique De Castro.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Now At 10M Users, Check Lands $24M From Menlo To Become Your Go-To Mobile Money Manager  —  Check, the makers of a cross-platform mobile finance app that allows users to track their cash, bills, investments and credit cards and pay bills while on the go, announced today that it has closed …
Secret-Sharing App Whisper Snags $21 Million From Sequoia, Adds Roelof Botha To Its Board  —  Secret-sharing app Whisper has closed a new round of funding, bringing in $21 million at a $75 million to $100 million post money valuation.  The round, as originally reported by Om Malik …
Apple's Falling China Share Complicates IPhone Deal  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is accustomed to dictating terms to carriers for its iPhone.  As it seeks a deal with China Mobile Ltd. (941) to sell the handsets, it's the operator that is in command.  —  After being surpassed …
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