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July 9, 2013, 9:25 PM

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Robert McMillan / Wired:
How Dropbox Will Remake Itself (And Your Angry Birds)  —  Dropbox wants to be your always-on hard drive, whether you're using an iPad, an Android phone, or a PC.  And if it's going to reach that lofty goal, it will need more than a little help from the world's software developers.
Marcus Wohlsen / Wired:
Dropbox Blows Up the Box, Connecting Every App, File, and Device  —  In the vast San Francisco loft that Dropbox calls home, there's a Lego room, a life-size plastic shark, and a Golden Gate Bridge mosaic made from disassembled Rubik's Cubes.  Chipper millennials who may or may not be worth millions …
More: The Verge
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Now Has 175 Million Users, Up From 100M In November 2012  —  “Today is about making life easier for all of you” said CEO Drew Houston to launch his company Dropbox's conference.  The company now has 175 million users, up from 100 million in November 2012.
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Dropbox replace the hard drive with its Dropbox Platform, with a sync API, a ‘universal file picker’, and more  —  Dropbox announced today the launch of a new product it's calling the Dropbox Platform, replacing the hard drive, a new foundation to solve all the problems of sync where people don't have to worry about lost files.
More: TechCrunch
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Exclusive details on Amazon's next-gen Kindle Fire tablets  —  With Nook out of the way and Samsung slowing, can Amazon rekindle people's love of Kindles?  —  Amazon is planning a complete overhaul of its Kindle Fire tablet lineup for 2013 and BGR has learned exclusive details about the forthcoming devices.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
The next iPhone's cool-factor: a slow-motion camera?  —  As the launch of the next iPhone approaches, rumor and speculation about what Apple's latest and greatest smartphone could bring to the highly-competitive mobile marketplace is increasing.  Based on the latest chatter …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Apple, Amazon end ‘app store’ lawsuit  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc have ended their lawsuit over who has the right to use the “app store” name, clearing the way for both companies to use it.  —  U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Google adds voice calling to Hangouts, promises ‘the future of Google Voice’ is here  —  Google's made good on a promise today, rolling out voice calling through its Hangouts messaging service.  Basically, it works just like video calling — you can call one person or many with a click …
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple's safe automotive telematics patent mates touchscreen with tactile controls  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a touchscreen-based telematics system that incorporates embedded controls, such as knobs, sliders, and switches …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Satellite communications startup Kymeta lands $50M from Bill Gates, others  —  Kymeta Corp., the satellite communications startup that spun out of Intellectual Ventures, has scored $50 million in venture funding.  —  Backers of the Redmond company — led by serial entrepreneur Vern Fotheringham …
More: Kymeta, VentureBeat and EngadgetThanks:@toddbishop
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / ZDNet:
Google releases fix to OEMs for Blue Security Android security hole  —  Summary: Google has found a fix for a vulnerability in Android's security model that could allow attackers to convert 99 percent of all applications into Trojan malware.  —  It doesn't get much scarier than this.
Andy / TorrentFreak:
Three Strikes and You're Still In - France Kills Piracy Disconnections  —  The so-called “graduated response” to the file-sharing issue has for years been championed by the mainstream music and movie industries.  —  According to the theory, Internet subscribers who are continually warned …
Lauren Hockenson / GigaOM:
The Pirate Bay founder is raising money for spy-proof messaging app  —  Private messages really aren't so private, and Peter Sunde, co-founder and former spokesperson for BitTorrent search engine The Pirate Bay, isn't happy about it.  So Sunde has worked with a small group of developers to raise money for a fully private messaging app.
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Samsung breaks ground on futuristic Silicon Valley campus  —  As the South Korean manufacturer continues to grow, it's expanding operations in the U.S. This means a 1.1 million-square-foot modern campus with space for 2,000 employees.  —  Architectural rendering of Samsung's upcoming San Jose, Calif. headquarters.

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