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September 14, 2013, 9:40 PM

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Gregory Ferenstein / TechCrunch:
Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams Lays Out His Plan For The Future Of Media  —  Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams has an ambitious new plan: to shift our daily reading habits away from consuming incremental news bites and towards engaging with enlightened ideas curated by an intelligent algorithm.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Nearly two years after launch, Siri seems to exit ‘beta’ with iOS 7  —  With the iPhone 4S launch nearly two years ago, Apple introduced the Siri voice control system to its customers.  At launch, Siri was a gimmicky feature at best, being released with bugs, a highly-computerized voice …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
Microsoft pulls ‘fly on the wall’ anti-iPhone ads  —  Microsoft's online video ads that mocked Apple's latest crop of iPhones have been yanked, following what appears to be a poor reception by viewers.  —  Microsoft has removed a series of online video advertisements that were critical …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
How Zynga went from social gaming powerhouse to has-been  —  In Zynga's July 2011 prospectus to future shareholders, company founder and CEO Mark Pincus outlined his firm's ambitious plan to take over the gaming world.  —  “My kids decided a few months ago that peek-a-boo was their favorite game,” he wrote.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Tech's Rising Stars Push Into the Online-to-Offline Era  —  Although startups like Pinterest, Uber and Airbnb may not seem to have much in common except their lofty valuations, they share a similar purpose that could help describe the current era of consumer technology: Bringing the online world to the offline world.
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Nick Wingfield / NYT Bits:
Microsoft execs were aware of an Android Lumia prototype before Nokia deal  —  Behind Microsoft Deal, the Specter of a Nokia Android Phone  —  SEATTLE — Before Microsoft reached a deal to buy Nokia's phone business, there was a possibility that Nokia could have switched its smartphones …
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Meet Hacking Team, the company that helps the police hack you  —  Hacking Team may not have any clients in the US yet, but it's not for lack of trying  —  In 2001, a pair of Italian programmers wrote a program called Ettercap, a “comprehensive suite for man-in-the-middle attacks” …
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