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The Daily Roundup for 07.31.2013

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You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours — all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.

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Ahead of tomorrow’s big reveal, everything we know about the Moto X

Motorola has released several phones under Google’s ownership, but one gets the impression that this is the first one Google has been excited about.

It’s been nearly two years since Google first announced its plans to acquire Motorola Mobility—ostensibly for its patent portfolio—and just a bit over a year since the acquisition was finalized. For all that, it still feels like we’re waiting to see what Google plans to do with the company, aside from laying off its employees and posting financial losses. Google’s Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette even went on the record in February to say that Motorola’s products lacked “innovative, transformative” qualities, and that Google was still working through the company’s pre-acquisition hardware pipeline (we may have seen some of those devices this morning at Verizon’s Droid event, in fact).

By all indications, that’s finally about to change. Rumors about a coming “X Phone,” later dubbed the Moto X, have been building since late last year. Eric Schmidt himself has been spotted carrying one around already. Motorola’s logo has even been changed to incorporate Google’s flatter, simpler aesthetics and to include a Google logo. These changes indicate that Google is finally taking ownership of Motorola in spirit as well as on paper.

If Google’s past statements are any indication, the Moto X represents the dawn of a new era for Motorola, one that will see its sprawling and convoluted product line boiled down to just a few handsets. Let’s talk about what we know about the (much-leaked) Moto X, and what future advancements it may be heralding.

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Yelp inches slowly toward profitability, losing just $878,000 in one quarter

About 15 months ago, Yelp, the renowned service review website, became one of the latest tech companies to bring an initial public offering. But the company has long discovered it’s hard to translate tons of reviews into profits: since Yelp began keeping track in 2008, it’s been losing increasing amounts of money nearly every year.

In the corporation’s latest earnings report, posted on Wednesday, Yelp’s year-over-year quarterly revenue reached $55 million, a 69 percent growth over the second quarter of 2012. However, Yelp continues to lose money. This quarter, the company sustained a net loss of $878,000. The good news? That’s a small fraction of the more than $5.6 million lost in total during the first half of 2013.

By comparison, at this point in 2012, the San Francisco firm already lost $11.7 million. And by the end of that year, Yelp reached a net loss of $19.1 million—the largest annual loss the company sustained to date. Still, in after-hours trading today, investors showed modest confidence in the new earnings report, boosting Yelp’s stock price by more than seven percent. It’s currently hovering slightly under $42.

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Senators take intelligence officials to the mat over secret courts, phone metadata

As intelligence officials came under fire over controversial National Security Agency (NSA) spying programs at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday morning, two senators announced that they would introduce legislation aimed at reforming the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) and—in an apparent response to a recent petition from technology firms and civil liberties groups—providing more public information about government surveillance.

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) said he would introduce a bill this week requiring the government to report on the number of Americans swept into its databases and allowing Internet companies to disclose more information about the requests they receive from intelligence agencies. While several prominent firms have begun issuing “transparency reports” detailing the law enforcement requests for user information, intelligence orders typically come with gag orders forbidding the recipients from revealing even the existence of the request. The firms—joined by civil liberties groups—have lobbied hard for permission to reveal more about how, and how often, they respond to government demands for user data.

Franken also criticized the government’s “ad hoc transparency” about its programs, arguing that selective disclosure of information in response to leaks “doesn’t engender trust.” He pointed to the government’s decision to release, just minutes before the hearing began, several documents related to the NSA’s massive phone log database, which collects the “call detail records” of nearly all Americans under the Patriot Act’s Section 215 “business records” authority. “Did you start thinking about this, like, yesterday?” Franken asked sarcastically, suggesting that the new disclosures were driven more by political convenience than any change in the risk to national security posed by the documents.

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UPS to offer 3D printing service in select San Diego stores (video)

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Today, UPS announced its plan to bring 3D printing services to the masses. The shipping company will soon roll out Stratasys Uprint SE Plus printers to 60 locations in San Diego to test out the new service; it’ll be aimed at small businesses, start-ups and retail customers in need of a professional grade model to produce things like prototypes and artistic renderings. At $20,900 a pop, Stratasys printers aren’t exactly the kind of gadget you’d purchase for home use, so their availability at UPS stores is a pretty major step towards making high quality 3D printing an accessible option for the common man. Though the company is starting small, it hopes to expand the service nationwide, provided that the San Diego experiment proves successful. For more info, check out the video after the break.

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Via: GigaOM

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