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September 28, 2013, 2:00 PM

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New York Times:
N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens  —  WASHINGTON — Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans' social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times …
Globe and Mail:
Inside the fall of BlackBerry: How the smartphone inventor failed to adapt  —  This investigative report reveals that:  — Shortly after the release of the first iPhone, Verizon asked BlackBerry to create a touchscreen “iPhone killer.”  But the result was a flop, so Verizon turned to Motorola and Google instead.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Exclusive video: Steve Ballmer's intense, tearful goodbye to Microsoft  —  Outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has always been a speaker and performer like no other — his absolute enthusiasm for his company is electric in person, turning ordinary corporate events into raw displays of emotion …
Farhad Manjoo / Co.Design:
How Google Taught Itself Good Design  —  “I had just assumed that Google was hostile to designers,” says Matias Duarte one afternoon this summer.  We're in a drab Google conference room at the Plex, and Duarte sports a red-and-yellow floral-print shirt, skinny khaki pants, and a pair of white sunglasses.
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Phone Arena:
ABI Research: Android taking over the tablet market from iOS  —  According to ABI Research, there has been a change in the global tablet market.  The Apple iPad, which has been credited with creating the tablet category with the launch of the OG version in 2010, has “passed the baton to the Android ecosystem …
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.
Andrew Goldfarb / IGN:
Valve Announces Steam Controller  —  “A different kind of gamepad.”  —  Valve has announced Steam Controller, “a different kind of gamepad.”  —  The controller features two circular trackpads.  As explained by Valve, “Driven by the player's thumbs, each one has a high-resolution trackpad as its base.

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