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September 5, 2013, 4:15 PM

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New York Times:
N.S.A. Foils Much Internet Encryption  —  The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications …
Guardian:
US and UK spy agencies defeat privacy and security on the internet  —  • NSA and GCHQ unlock encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records  —  • $250m-a-year US program works covertly with tech companies to insert weaknesses into products
Bloomberg:
Apple's Falling China Share Complicates iPhone Deal  —  Apple is accustomed to dictating terms to carriers for its iPhone.  As it seeks a deal with China Mobile to sell the handsets, it's the operator that is in command.  Audio Download: Bloomberg's Butler Discusses Low Cost iPhone Enlarge …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Investigating Worker-Abuse Charges at “iPhone C” Supplier  —  Apple hasn't even launched the less-expensive iPhone it's rumored to have in the pipeline, but already a company involved in its manufacture stands accused of labor violations.  —  In a report published Thursday …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Casey Newton / The Verge:
PayPal's new digital wallet app is powerful but baffling  —  Will anybody ever get mobile payments right?  —  Hill Ferguson ordered a smoothie.  Using a newly redesigned app for iOS and Android, PayPal's lanky director of product selected a peach concoction and paid for it with a couple taps on his smartphone.
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / The Verge:
Google's Trojan horse: how Chrome Apps will finally take on Windows  —  The web alone is not enough  —  Today, on Chrome's fifth birthday, Google is announcing the rollout of what it's calling Chrome Apps.  Don't feel bad if you're confused by the name.  Chrome has been serving …
Lee Hutchinson / Ars Technica:
PayPal freezes $45,000 of Mailpile's crowdfunded dollars (Updated)  —  Update: PayPal has contacted Ars Technica and informed us that it has released Mailpile's funding.  PayPal's statement is below.  —  Mailpile is a crowdfunded e-mail client written by a small group of folks in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Ping for iPhone: does merging email and instant messaging make sense?  —  You've got mail, instantly  —  The battle for email is very clearly in full swing.  Apps and services seem to debut every day that destroy email, or subvert it, or merely help you rearrange it.
Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
No, seriously: Oyster comes pretty close to being a Netflix for ebooks  —  A lot of startups want to be the Netflix (or Spotify, Pandora, whatever) for ebooks.  That is, they want to provide unlimited access to ebooks for a flat monthly fee.  —  But this is really hard to pull off …
Matthew Moskovciak / CNET:
Simple.TV partners with SiliconDust: new hardware, 2.0 software update on the way  —  The new Simple.TV box will feature dual-tuning capability and a more traditional set-top box look.  —  It's been a while since we've heard anything from Simple.TV and its quirky over-the-air DVR …
More: GigaOM and Engadget
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Bing News Now Features Trending Topics From Facebook & Twitter  —  Bing News has gotten a makeover, including the introduction of various trending topics boxes drawn from buzz detected on Facebook and Twitter, as well as Bing's own searches.  —  Bing posted about the change, saying:
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.
Billy Gallagher / TechCrunch:
Stanford University Is Going To Invest In Student Startups Like A VC Firm  —  Stanford University is going to start directly investing in students' companies.  Stanford is also giving a $3.6 million grant to StartX, a non-profit startup accelerator for Stanford-affiliated entrepreneurs.
More: VentureBeatTweets: @andyhpalmerThanks:@startx
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.
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 …
Reuters:
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.

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