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October 3, 2013, 12:30 PM

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Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
Edward Snowden's E-Mail Provider Defied FBI Demands to Turn Over Crypto Keys, Documents Show  —  The U.S. government obtained a secret court order demanding that Edward Snowden's e-mail provider, Lavabit, turn over its private SSL key, which would have allowed the FBI to wiretap the service's users.
New York Times:
Lavabit Founder Waged Privacy Fight as F.B.I. Pursued Snowden  —  DALLAS — One day last May, Ladar Levison returned home to find an F.B.I. agent's business card on his Dallas doorstep.  So began a four-month tangle with law enforcement officials that would end with Mr. Levison's shutting …
Ars Technica:
How the feds took down the Dread Pirate Roberts  —  What he wouldn't give for a holocaust cloak.  —  The Dread Pirate Roberts, head of the most brazen drug trafficking site in the world, was a walking contradiction.  Though the government says he raked in $80 million in commissions from running Silk Road …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Roger Cheng / CNET:
LG preps curved display smartphone, the G Flex  —  Samsung isn't the only company planning a smartphone with a curved display.  LG will likely unveil the device in November, CNET has learned, although plans are not yet final.  —  Get ready for the LG G Flex.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Jukeboxing: Rdio brings free radio to mobile apps to stay in the ring against Spotify  —  Rdio is releasing a free version of its service today on iOS and Android, bringing personalized radio to non-paying users of its mobile apps for the first time.  Free of advertising for now …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Smartphones Detailed: ‘Project Smith’ 3D Flagship Model And A Value Handset With FireOS  —  Amazon is in the process of developing two smartphones, one inexpensive model and one with a 3D eye-tracking interface, TechCrunch has learned.  The details are somewhat sparse …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Snapchat introduces “Stories”, a rolling compilation of snaps from the last 24 hours  —  Snapchat's next big thing: ‘Stories’ that don't just disappear  —  The app that introduced ephemeral messages sets its sights on Facebook  —  Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel's hands are shaking as he points to his iPhone.
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Samsung execs shown confidential Apple-Nokia patent license terms, allegedly misused information  —  It came to light on Wednesday that at least fifty Samsung employees retained access to highly confidential Apple-Nokia licensing terms originating from the Apple v. Samsung court trial …
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Cue, The Startup Formerly Known As Greplin, Shuts Down Its App  —  Cue, the personal assistant app that grew out of a promising search product, has shut down.  —  The company left a brief note on their main page today, shown below. … The company was backed with at least $4.7 million …
David Kravets / Wired:
How a Purse Snatching Led to the Legal Justification for NSA Domestic Spying  —  Photo: Courtesy of Philip Weiss Auctions  —  It began as an ordinary purse snatching.  On an early Baltimore morning in 1976, a local street thug crouched alongside his green Monte Carlo, pretending to change a flat, biding his time.
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Aiming to Get Into Smaller Devices, Intel Announces Big Push Into Arduino  —  Intel's latest effort to expand beyond its PC roots involves reaching out to hobbyists.  —  At Maker Fair in Rome, the chipmaker is announcing plans to partner with open-source hardware specialist Arduino.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Netflix app for iPad and iPhone updated with HD video and AirPlay streaming  —  Netflix brought 1080p streaming to Android 4.3 this summer, and now iPhone / iPad users can experience HD streams as well, provided they've updated to iOS 7.  Another new feature in the latest update is support …
Matt Brian / Engadget:
France approves law stopping Amazon from shipping discounted books for free  —  French lawmakers have it up to “here” with Amazon's book-selling tactics and they're not going to take it any more.  In a rare alliance, France's ruling Socialist Party and the opposition UMP Party approved …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Netskope Comes Out Of Stealth With $21M From Social+Capital And Lightspeed And A Cloud Platform To Manage Enterpise Apps  —  The double rise of cloud-based services and consumerization have been two of the biggest developments in enterprise IT, but they have also led to one of the biggest conundrums …
Klint Finley / Wired:
Runnable launches, lets developers find, edit, and even run code snippets on its site  —  Ex-Amazon Engineer Builds Library for World's Software Code  —  In 2004, Amazon.com boss Jeff Bezos decreed that any software built by an Amazon engineer must be shared with every other engineer at the company.
More: TechCrunch, Resolute.VC and ForbesTweets: @markginnebaughThanks:@bobpatters
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires YC-Backed Flutter, A Gesture Recognition Technology Startup  —  Google's Glass, Android and other products may soon be picking up more Kinect-style gesture features: the company has bought Flutter, a Y Combinator-backed startup that focuses on gesture recognition technology.
Gerry Shih / Reuters:
Fab.com cuts one-fifth of workforce  —  E-commerce startup Fab.com Inc will lay off nearly a fifth of its workforce beginning Thursday as it tries to attain profitability by automating more of its business.  —  The company, valued at $1 billion by private investors, said it will cut 101 jobs worldwide …
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