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July 6, 2013, 11:10 AM

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Andy / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Hits 25 Million Google Takedowns, Web Blocking Making Things Worse  —  Back in May the RIAA reached a historic milestone in its quest to remove copyright-infringing links from the Internet.  —  The music industry group asked Google to remove the 20 millionth URL from its indexes …
Christopher Mims / Quartz:
Almost every major consumer electronics manufacturer is now working on a smart watch  —  Something about the ailing PC industry, competition among makers of smartphones and the endless quest for the next big thing has nearly every major consumer electronics manufacturer working on a smart watch or at least contemplating it.
Andrew Leonard / Salon:
AdBlock Plus lets some advertisers pay to play  —  The hugely popular browser extension charges a fee from big advertisers such as Google to let some ads go through  —  If you use AdBlock Plus to keep your Web browsing experiencing free of annoying clutter, this is the kind of tweet that might grab your attention:
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
‘Restore The 4th’ galvanizes over 100 nation-wide protests against NSA, PRISM, and government spying  —  “Stop the surveillance!  Restore the fourth amendment!”  —  It's the largest online protest since SOPA.  And perhaps an even larger offline protest, as protestors galvanized by the Restore …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
FCC officially approves Softbank buyout of Sprint and Sprint buyout of ClearWire  —  As previously rumored, the FCC has officially approved Softbank's purchase of Sprint and, furthermore, Sprint's purchase of the rest of ClearWire.  Acting FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn and commissioner Ajit Pai …
Lance Whitney / CNET:
IT spending to rise just 2 percent this year, says Gartner  —  The new forecast is down from the prior projection of 4.1 percent, due largely to changes in U.S. dollar exchange rates.  —  Global IT spend will likely hit $3.7 trillion this year, inching up just 2 percent from 2012's $3.6 trillion, research firm Gartner said today.

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Pure Storage:
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