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July 3, 2013, 3:50 PM

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Streaming Entertainment Startup Boxee Acquired By Samsung For Around $30M  —  Israeli and NYC-based streaming media and entertainment startup Boxee has been acquired by South Korean electronics giant Samsung, we've been told by reliable sources.  The Tel Aviv-based startup launched …
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft CEO Said to Give Bates Mergers Role in Revamp  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer is considering a reorganization that would put Skype president Tony Bates in charge of acquisitions and relationships with software developers, according to people familiar with the matter.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Doug Engelbart, American inventor and computing legend, passes away.  —  Douglas “Doug” Engelbart, a legendary American inventor and computing science icon passed away last night, according to family sources.  The news of his passing was shared on Professor David Farber's email list.
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Boston University sues Apple over 1997 patent, asks for ban on iPhone sales  —  How do college students feel about this one?  The powers that be at Boston University want a federal court to ban the sale of a wide range of Apple products — including the iPhone 5, the iPad and the MacBook Air …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter Will Soon Start Showing Targeted Ads Based On User Account Information, Browsing History  —  Another step ahead for Twitter in its bid to step up the pace with advertising on its platform: today the company announced that it would soon start “experimenting” with ways of making ads more …
Joanna Stern / ABC News:
Moto X Details Revealed: Colors, Wallpapers, Engravings Will Be Customizable at U.S. Factory  —  Motorola's upcoming phone called the Moto X will allow users to fully customize the look of the device with different colors and an engraving, sources have told ABC News.
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Lockdown  —  Officially, Google killed Reader because “over the years usage has declined”.1 I believe that statement, especially if API clients weren't considered “usage”, but I don't believe that's the entire reason.  —  The most common assumption I've seen others cite is that …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
The $50 Million Man: Mattrick Gets Hefty Cash and Stock Package From Zynga, Including $19.3 Million in the First Year  —  Zynga just filed its 8-K regulatory filing that outlines the compensation it took to attract Microsoft Xbox head Don Mattrick to the troubled social gaming company as its new CEO, replacing founder Mark Pincus.
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Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Beachmint CEO: PandoDaily Is Wrong, I'm Not Fired, And I'm Not Giving Any Money Back To Investors  —  Early this morning, an article was published on PandoDaily: “BeachMint board ousts founders, company returns $20 million to investors.”  —  In it, Michael Carney reports that Beachmint …
More: PandoDaily and VatorNewsTweets: @calebgarling, @ryanlawler, @abrams, @ajs and @pandodailyThanks:@ajs
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
USA TV network lands on iOS with new app to watch full show episodes  —  The NBC-owned USA TV network has launched its own iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch application to bring the USA show viewing experience to the small-screen.  The application, like many TV network apps currently on the App Store …
AppleInsider:
Apple now No. 1 in customer satisfaction on Samsung's home turf of South Korea  —  Apple's products are renowned around the world for quality, but now the company's iPhone has achieved yet another milestone: it has taken the top spot for customer satisfaction in South Korea the home country of Apple's chief rival, Samsung.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Veteran VCs Peter Wagner and Gaurav Garg Launch Wing Venture Partners  —  Last month, when the networking startup Cumulus Networks came out of stealth and announced a Series A investment by a bunch of notable venture capitalists, Peter Wagner, a longtime managing partner at Accel Partners, was one of them.
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
F.C.C. Is Told Verizon Underpaid Data Refunds  —  WASHINGTON — An independent telecommunications lawyer filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday, claiming that Verizon Wireless had vastly understated the amount it collected from false data charges on customer bills …
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.
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.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:

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