IPHONE 5S & 5C RELEASE Rumor Outbreak — LEAKED Next Windows 8.1 Build ‘Privacy-leaching’ — BLACKBERRY Trading Halted — MSFT BUILDING Uncle Sam’s Cloud — GASSEE on Bezos, Washpost & Culture War — HOROWITZ on Why Founders Fail


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August 12, 2013 06:00 PDT | 09:00 EDT | 13:00 UTC

>> WEEKEND BREAK: Circle Sept. 10 on your calendar for Apple's big iPhone event, by Ina Fried: "Apple is expected to unveil its next iPhone at a special event on Sept. 10... One of the key questions is whether Apple adopts a new tactic to address the mid-range of the smartphone market. Historically, Apple has gone after those customers by offering its year-old and two-year-old models for $100 and $200 less than a new iPhone. However, there has been a great deal of talk that the company will debut a new lower-cost iPhone alongside whatever update it has in store for the current iPhone 5... Much of the speculation there has centered on the usual kinds of camera and processor enhancements, as well as the likelihood of a fingerprint sensor." AllThingsD

>>>>  What can we expect from the new iPhone? The Next Web
>>>> Low fingerprint reader yield rates could slow iPhone 5S release  9to5Mac

>> BIG BRO: The surveillance speech: A low point in Barack Obama's presidency, by Conor Friedersdorf: "The tone was inappropriately dismissive, while the substance was misleading at best and mendacious at its worst.... By observing Obama's condescension, I don't mean to suggest tone was the most objectionable part of the speech. The disinformation should bother the American people most. The weasel words. The impossible to believe protestations. The factually inaccurate assertions." The Atlantic

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>> FIRST LOOK: Windows 8.1 build 9471 leaks (video), by Zac: "Windows 8.1 is expected to RTM within the next week or two for release to OEM's later this month. This leak will mirror pretty much everything you will see in the RTM as 9471 is a pretty recent build." Looks like Libraries are still buried, and privacy-leaching Smart Search gets enabled by default. Winbeta
>>>> New Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus, Tab 3 announced, will run Win8 Tom's Hardware

DEADPOOL: BlackBerry trading halted as company looks for a new owner or other alternatives, by Ben Woods: "BlackBerry has finally publicly declared that it is looking to find a new backer willing to take the company on or one that is happy to partner with the handset maker under a joint venture or other strategic partnership." TNW

>> REVIEW: Google Nexus 7 (2013), by Christina Bonnington: "Still the best Android tablet - Nearly flawless; buy it now... $230... Beautiful 1920×1200 HD resolution display. Updated hardware design makes it the perfect machine for watching videos. Exceptional processor performance. Price tag is right." Wired

>>>> Users reporting erratic touchscreens Gizmodo

>> BREAKING: Inventor Musk to share plans for high-speed travel, by Martha Mendoza: " Twice as fast as an airplane, cheaper than a bullet train and completely self-powered: that's the mysterious transportation system that inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk is promising to reveal design plans for Monday....   Musk has been dropping hints about his "Hyperloop" system for more than a year during public events, mentioning that it could never crash, would be immune to weather and would move people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in half an hour." The A.P.

>> SPY VS. SPY: Pirate Bay introduces Web browser to elude censorship, by Loek Essers: "The Pirate Bay introduced its own browser that can be used to circumvent censorship and blockades. The PirateBrowser is a simple, one-click, pre-configured Firefox browser that makes The Pirate Bay and other blocked sites instantly available and accessible in countries where the site is blocked, the torrent search website said in a blog post over the weekend." InfoWorld

>> SECURITY ALERT: Bitcoin wallets on Android at risk of theft, developers say, by John Ribeiro: "Bitcoin wallets on Android are vulnerable to theft because of problems in a component that generates secure random numbers, developers said.  The problem is said to be in the Android operating system and will affect bitcoin wallets generated by an Android app. Apps for which the user does not control the private keys are not affected, developers at Bitcoin.org wrote in a post on Sunday." InfoWorld

>> WASHINGTON WIRE : Samsung losses to Apple give iPhone maker negotiation edge, by Jungah Lee and Dina Bass: "Apple's patent-infringement victory over Samsung could go far in bolstering its claim of copying and providing an advantage in any settlement between the world's two top smartphone manufacturers.... The U.S. International Trade Commission on Aug. 9 said Samsung infringed two Apple patents and issued an order banning imports of products using the iPhone maker's multitouch features and headphone jack detection. President Barack Obama's administration could overturn the import ban on public policy grounds, as it did Aug. 3 in an order against older iPhones.... 'These results give Apple a bit of an edge in the settlement negotiations that are going on,' said Susan Kohn Ross, a lawyer with Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp in Los Angeles. 'Assuming this order becomes final, the question that arises is how important are these models of phones and other electronic gadgets to the overall portfolio of Samsung products.'" Bloomberg Businessweek

>> WIRED WASHINGTON: Microsoft to field a cloud OS for government, by Mary Jo Foley: "Microsoft may be readying one or more versions of its cloud operating system that would be customized for government users, according to my sources....Currently, Microsoft sells the same set of Windows Azure and Windows Server offerings to government users, alongside all other types of users.... But sources of mine who asked not to be named say there could be one or more versions of Microsoft's Cloud OS platform -- meaning Microsoft's set of public, private and hybrid cloud offerings -- in the works." ZDNet

>> BEST OF BREED: Xiaomi beats Samsung to top China's smartphone charts, by Victoria Ho: "Xiaomi's flagship smartphone, the Mi 2S, is the most popular phone in China, according to Chinese benchmarking company, Antutu... followed by Samsung's latest S4 device." TechCrunch

>> FOUNDERS SIREN: Why founders fail: The product CEO paradox, by Ben Horowitz: "Because I am a prominent advocate for founders running their own companies, whenever a founder fails to scale or gets replaced by a professional CEO, people send me lots of emails. What happened, Ben?... There are three main reasons why founders fail to run the companies they created: The founder doesn't really want to be CEO; The board panics; [and] the Product CEO Paradox, which I explain." TechCrunch

>> EXCLUSIVE: Final piece of Amazon's tablet puzzle: Full specs for next-gen Kindle Fire, by Zach Epstein: "The new entry-level Kindle Fire might not be as impressive as Amazon's next-generation Kindle Fire HD lineup, but it packs significantly more punch than the current base model and our sources say that Amazon will likely offer it at the same price point: just $159 for the 8GB version... Amazon's three new tablets are expected to be unveiled this fall, possibly as soon as late next month." BGR

>> MAN BITES DOG: Technology industry extends a hand to struggling print media, by Nick Wingfield: "From classifieds to display ads to subscriptions, the digital age has broken the financial pillars of print journalism, leaving the industry struggling to stand on its own.... But more frequently -- and with a boom last week, when Jeffrey P. Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, bought The Washington Post -- the tycoons who have led the digital revolution are giving traditional print outlets a hand." NYTimes

>> GET SMART FAST: Culture war: Bezos and The Washington Post, by Jean-Louis Gassée: "After predicting the death of newspapers, that was last year, Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder, now buys himself the The Washington Post. Necrophilia or the beginning of another spectacular transformation of an old genre?" Monday Note

>> MAX HEADROOM: NBC News scooping up mobile video site Stringwire, by Ina Fried: "The notion that anyone with a phone who witnesses news is a potential source for news video has been around for a while. CNN, for example, has long had its iReport app. Twitter itself has become the go-to source for many kinds of widely witnessed breaking news, such as protests and plane crashes. NBC News is now looking to get into the act, scooping up startup Stringwire. The deal is set to be formally announced on Monday," AllThingsD

>> BIG PICTURE: Inside the decision to shut down Silent Mail, by Michael Mimoso: "Silent Circle's decision to shut down its Silent Mail email service may have come quickly yesterday, and the timing of the announcement admittedly was prompted by Lavabit's decision to suspend operations hours before. But the seeds for this decision may have been sown long before Edward Snowden... was a household name and NSA warrants for customer data were known costs of doing business... 'When we saw the Lavabit announcement, the thing we were worrying about had happened, and it had happened to somebody else. It was very difficult to not think I'm next,' [CTO Jon] Callas said" Threatpost
>>>> Mega to run cutting-edge encrypted email based in New Zealand, after Lavabit's 'privacy seppuku' RT

>> ALL YOUR BASE: So what's wrong with being tracked by advertisers?, by Mike Elgan: "Companies are getting more aggressive about using your phone to track you. So what? ... The major handset makers and mobile operating system developers seem to all share a common desire to track you all the time... I don't want my private location information falling into the hands of crooks, con artists, identity thieves or a Constitution-violating government. But I do want to live in a world where the advertising I see more accurately reflects the goods and services I would want to buy. " Computerworld

>> HIGH INSECURITY: InfoArmor buys PwnedList: InfoArmor, which provides identity theft protection for 40,000 individuals and 40 companies, will announce today that it's acquiring PwnedList, the site where individuals can check to see if their email address has been hacked. PwnedList has amassed more than 115 million hacked id's from 3,800 data leaks. PwnedList

>> GEEK SIREN: Ruby Hacking Guide translated from Japanese into English via Hacker News

>> FUTURE PREQUAL: A brief history of Apple's iWatch, by Anil Dash: Dashes blog

>> DATA VIZ: One second on the Internet: Designly

>> TWEET OF THE DAY: "Google has a lot to learn about selling music. New Katy Perry single and nothing on the Play Store front page. Dudes it's Katy Perry." @joshuatopolsky

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