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September 14, 2013, 7:45 AM

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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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nuclear options: Microsoft was testing Surface Phone while Nokia experimented with Android  —  Things might have turned out very differently  —  Microsoft and Nokia need each other more than you'd expect.  While Nokia was testing Android in a variety of different ways, Microsoft was busy experimenting with a Surface Phone.
More: SlashGear and PhoneArenaTweets: @joshuatopolsky and @zpower
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.
Thanks:@maringuy
Amanda Holpuch / Guardian:
Google's Eric Schmidt says government spying is ‘the nature of our society’  —  Tech giant's executive chairman calls for greater transparency but declines to ‘pass judgment’ on spying operations  —  Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, reiterated the tech industry's call …
Brian Fung / The Switch:
Ars Technica:
Gov't standards agency “strongly” discourages use of NSA-influenced algorithm  —  The NIST building in Boulder, Colorado.  —  Quinn Norton/Wired  —  Following revelations about the National Security Agency's (NSA) covert influence on computer security standards, the National Institute …
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.

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