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July 3, 2013, 1:30 AM

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John McDermott / AdAge:
Motorola Debuts its First Ad for Upcoming Moto X Smartphone  —  A Made-In-America Claim But No Images of the Phone  —  Motorola has set a patriotic tone for its Moto X smartphone campaign, the company's first since being acquired by Google last summer.  —  “What we are doing which is very different …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Moto X will not be a Droid on Verizon  —  The new flagship stands alone, but the Droid lives on  —  Motorola's forthcoming Moto X phone will not be a Droid device on Verizon, multiple sources tell The Verge.  The change marks a sharp inflection point in the tight relationship between the two companies …
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Near Time Warner Cable Deal for TV Programs  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is nearing a deal with Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) to give subscribers of the cable television service access to channels via Apple TV, people with knowledge of the negotiations said.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple hires former YSL CEO Paul Deneve to work on special projects under Tim Cook  —  Confirming a claim from earlier today, Bloomberg's Adam Satariano reports that Apple has confirmed the hire of former Yves Saint Laurent CEO Paul Deneve.  According to Apple, Deneve will report to Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Erica Ogg / GigaOM:
Apple's decision to hire fashion exec for “special projects” could boost its wearable computing efforts  —  Apple has reportedly hired a former fashion executive from Yves Saint Laurent to be the head of “special projects.”  The report comes by way of Bloomberg, which says Paul Deneve will report directly to CEO Tim Cook.
Official Google Reader Blog:
A final farewell  —  Thank you for stopping by.  —  Today, we powered down Google Reader.  We understand you may not agree with this decision, but we hope you'll come to love these alternatives as much as you loved Reader.  —  Sincerely,  —  The Google Reader Team  —  Frequently-asked questions:
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Buys Qwiki for About $50 Million  —  As AllThingsD reported two weeks ago that it was likely to do, Yahoo said it has bought Qwiki, the New York startup that makes an Apple iPhone app that allows users to turn photos, music and videos into short movies automatically.
Ben Horowitz / AllThingsD:
Shared Command … Zynga recently put a new management structure in place where Don Mattrick is the CEO and my friend Mark Pincus, the founder and former CEO, will be the chairman of the board and the chief product officer.  —  My friend Fred Wilson encourages entrepreneurs to consider …
Michal Conger / Washington Examiner:
State Department bureau spent $630,000 on Facebook ‘likes’  —  State Department officials spent $630,000 to get more Facebook “likes,” prompting employees to complain to a government watchdog that the bureau was “buying fans” in social media, the agency's inspector general says.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
How Facebook threatens HP, Cisco, and more with its “vanity free” servers  —  A test rack in Facebook's hardware electrical test lab filled with Facebook DIY hardware.  —  MENLO PARK, CA—Building 17 of Facebook's headquarters sits on what was once a Sun Microsystems campus known fondly as “Sun Quentin.”
Wall Street Journal:
Pressure Builds on Michael Dell for Buyout Plan  —  Any Price Bump in LBO Would Need to Come From Founder  —  Pressure is building on Michael Dell to contribute more of his own wealth if he wants to ensure that his planned buyout of computer maker Dell Inc. happens.
Jacob Kleinman / TechnoBuffalo:
Samsung Delays First Tizen Device Citing App Store Issues  —  Samsung has reportedly delayed the release of its first Tizen OS device, citing a number of setbacks including a need to improve the app store for its mobile operating system, which is being designed in-house by the South Korean company in a partnership with Intel.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
.NYC: New York will be ‘first city in the country’ with its own top-level domain  —  If you run a New York City-based business or happen to live in one of the five boroughs, you'll soon be able to secure your own domain ending in .nyc.  The news was just announced via Mayor Bloomberg's …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: Homebrew closes debut fund  —  Quick fundraise for former Google and Twitter execs.  —  FORTUNE — Homebrew, a new venture capital firm founded by former Google and Twitter project managers, has quietly closed its debut fund with $35 million.  —  The San Francisco-based firm …
More: The Next Web and ZDNet
Rebecca Grant / VentureBeat:
YuMe files for $65M IPO as video ad market continues to soar  —  Video ad network YuMe is going public.  The startup filed for a $65 million initial public offering today.  —  YuMe provides digital video advertising technology that pairs online videos with relevant audiences.
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Softbank Bid for Sprint Said to Win Majority FCC Support  —  SoftBank Corp. (9984)'s $21.6 billion bid for mobile carrier Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) won the support it needs from the last U.S. regulatory body reviewing the transaction, said people familiar with the matter.
More: GeekWire, CNET and The Verge

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