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September 27, 2013, 9:50 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft now wants to buy your iPhone for at least $200  —  After offering at least $200 for an iPad, Microsoft is now looking to buy iPhones for the same price or more.  The company's latest promotion at its Microsoft Stores, which was previously rumored, will run until November 3rd …
Samantha Murphy Kelly / Mashable:
Apple Feature to Turn MLB Stadiums Into Interactive Playgrounds  —  Major League Baseball is launching a major initiative to make attending games at stadiums a completely interactive experience for fans.  —  Taking advantage of Apple's iBeacon indoor mapping, a new feature in iOS 7 …
Russell Holly / Geek.com:
Google Glass XE10 update to finally open the door to Glassware apps  —  Google Glass is about to get one of its biggest updates yet.  That's right, Glass is finally getting the long-awaited ability for users to install third party apps.  —  Google's wearable computer has improved dramatically since …
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Received 37,196 Gov Requests For Data Impacting 66,539 Accounts In First Half Of 2013  —  Today Microsoft reported the number of data requests it received from various law enforcement agencies around the world in the first half of (calendar) 2013: 37,196.  Those requests dealt with, at most, 66,539 accounts.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Dianne Feinstein Accidentally Confirms That NSA Tapped The Internet Backbone  —  It's widely known that the NSA has taps connected to the various telco networks, thanks in large part to AT&T employee Mark Klein who blew the whistle on AT&T's secret NSA room in San Francisco.
Tweets: @pierre and @ggreenwald
David Meyer / GigaOM:
Samsung: We don't region-lock our phones (apart from when you first activate them)  —  Samsung shed further light on its region-locking policies on Friday, explaining that the locks only affect users the first time they activate the handset.  The manufacturer also said the locks apply …
Walter Frick / Harvard Business Review:
If Crowdfunding is the New Day Trading, Look Out  —  Paul Volcker famously said the only financial innovation to improve society in recent memory was the ATM.  Not everyone agrees.  In an essay earlier this week on the evolution of money and finance, GigaOM founder and venture capitalist Om Malik argued …
Tweets: @harvardbizThanks:@wfrick
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Liftopia, An E-Commerce Platform For Ski Resorts, Raises Additional $5 Million  —  Last year, online ski marketplace Liftopia, which previously focused on offering skiers discounted lift tickets, launched an e-commerce platform for the ski resorts themselves called “Cloud Store by Liftopia.”
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Apple's German patent suit shut down by a 2007 video of Steve Jobs  —  A German court has declared an early Apple photo-management patent invalid because of evidence in a video in which Steve Jobs presented the original iPhone back in January 2007.  —  Apple had won injunctions against both Samsung …
Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
Feds Targeted Snowden's Email Provider the Day After NSA Whistleblower Went Public  —  When on June 9 Edward Snowden stood up in Hong Kong and revealed himself to the world as an NSA whistleblower, the Justice Department wasted little time in targeting his email provider.
More: SlashGearTweets: @kpoulsen
Christina Farr / VentureBeat:
Palantir just raised a massive $196M, filing shows  —  Palantir investor Peter Thiel speaking to a roomful of interns at the San Francisco Exploratorium.  —  Shadowy data-mining startup Palantir closed over $196 million in funding, according to an SEC filing.
More: TechCrunch and Mercury NewsThanks:@chrissyfarr
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple hires director of design at Nike's research and development unit  —  Apple hires one of Nike's top Fuel Band designers to work on wearable devices  —  Apple has lured away top Nike design director Ben Shaffer, according to a source at Nike with knowledge of the details behind Shaffer's departure.
Paul Thurrott / WindowsITPro:
Delta to Distribute Surface 2 to Pilots  —  Original plan was to use the Nokia Windows RT tablet  —  Delta will distribute Microsoft Surface 2 tablets to its pilots and not Nokia's “Sirius” tablet as originally planned.  The move comes in the wake of a deal to distribute Nokia Lumia 820 smart phones …

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