July 11, 2013, 9:15 PM

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One Microsoft: Company realigns to enable innovation at greater speed, efficiency  —  Text of an internal email from Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer to employees regarding changes in the senior leadership team at the company.  — Today, we are announcing a far-reaching realignment …
Ryan Tate / Wired:
The Rise of Julie Larson-Green, the Heir Apparent at Microsoft  —  It remains to be seen whether the Microsoft reorganization announced by CEO Steve Ballmer this morning can rejuvenate the once-mighty software company.  But one thing is crystal clear: The reshuffling marks another huge win …
Transforming Our Company  —  As the times change, so must our company.  —  In the 37 years that Microsoft has been helping to improve people's lives by helping them to realize their own potential with technology, we have seen exactly the kind of transformation we had hoped for when we set …
Revealed: how Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages  —  • Secret files show scale of Silicon Valley co-operation on Prism  —  • encryption unlocked even before official launch  —  • Skype worked to enable Prism collection of video calls
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia Lumia 1020: a 41-megapixel Windows Phone available on July 26th for $299.99 at AT&T  —  After weeks of leaks, Nokia is making its Lumia 1020 handset official on Thursday.  The Finnish smartphone maker has just unveiled its latest flagship Windows Phone on stage at an event in New York.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft is cutting the price of its Surface RT tablets, base model to cost $349  —  Microsoft is planning to cut the price of its Surface RT tablets.  Sources familiar with Microsoft's Surface plans have revealed to The Verge that the price cut could occur as early as next week, with each model being cut by $150.
David Kravets / Wired:
RIAA Wants Infamous File-Sharer to Campaign Against Piracy  —  Did you hear the one about the world's most infamous music file-sharer being asked to publicly extol the virtues of the Recording Industry Association of America's anti-piracy platform?  —  The RIAA is suggesting Jammie Thomas-Rasset do just that.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
YouWeb Founder Peter Relan Debuts New Company Building Studio And Accelerator, 9+; Raises $2M In Funding  —  As we reported a couple of weeks ago, serial entrepreneur Peter Relan is sunsetting his gaming and mobile focused incubator YouWeb, which spawned Crowdstar, Agawi, Spaceport, OpenFeint and others.
jessica lessin:
Andreessen Says Foreign Web Co.'s Could Take Advantage of Prism Fallout  —  SUN VALLEY, Idaho- Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen said in an interview that U.S. Internet companies may lose business to foreign competitors following revelations about Prism, the government data-mining effort.
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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Verizon joins Ubuntu's potential smartphone launch partners  —  Verizon will help “shape” Ubuntu phone OS, possibly sell the phones.  Verizon Wireless today joined Canonical's “Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group (CAG),” meaning the company is exploring smartphones based on Ubuntu.
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
New peak: Amazon shares surpass $300 for first time  —  The rapid growth of was echoed Thursday on Wall Street, as the company's stock briefly topped $300 for the first time ever during the trading session.  Shares rose $7.27, or 2.5 percent, to close at $299.60.
More: CNET and Quartz
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
FreedomPop Raises Another $5 Million To Help Launch Its Freemium Mobile Phone Service  —  Freemium wireless internet provider (and soon to be wireless carrier) FreedomPop revealed that it has just locked up another $5 million in funding from existing investors DCM Capital and Mangrove Capital …
Eric Johnson / AllThingsD:
Chartboost Expands Platform Offerings to Include Real-Time In-App Commerce Updates  —  Developers seeking to monetize their mobile games have a handful of options, but in recent years the clear winner has been F2P-IAP.  For those of you who speak English, that means free-to-play games supported …

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