September 16, 2013, 1:50 PM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Bump Mobile Contact Sharing App Acquired By Google, Will Stay Alive For Now  —  After raising nearly $20 million and becoming one of the most downloaded mobile apps but never finding real revenue, Bump Technologies has been acquired by Google.  Its namesake app Bump lets you physically tap phones together …
More: 9to5Google and silicontap.comTweets: @caseynewton
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Google Acquires Bump for at Least $30M  —  Google has acquired the mobile startup Bump.  A source close to the transaction said it was worth at least $30 million, and perhaps as much as $60 million.  —  Bump had raised about $20 million from backers including Sequoia Capital and Andreessen Horowitz …
Matt Rosoff / CITEworld:
Box Notes takes on Google Docs with a web beta for collaborative, lightweight file editing  —  Box joins the crew of companies trying to disrupt Microsoft Office  —  You knew it had to happen.  —  A year ago, file storage and collaboration service Box hired Sam Schillace …
Alexis Santos / Engadget:
Google Glass no longer requires tethering plan for smartphone data sharing  —  An Explorer Edition of Glass is already a pricey piece of tech, and smartphone tethering plans required to give it a mobile Internet connection have only made ownership that much more expensive.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Rdio to announce ad-supported free tier in partnership with radio operator Cumulus  —  Online Music Service Rdio in Deal With Cumulus  —  As radio broadcasters go digital and online music services try to stand out in a crowded market, both are finding ways to scratch each other's backs.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
U.S. Government Blew $321 Million on Redundant IT Programs  —  When you have an information technology budget as large as that of the United States government, monitoring expenditures can be tough.  And $82 billion is a beast of an annual budget.  So many agencies, so many allocations.
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