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July 12, 2013, 1:25 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft details new Windows Phone 8 update, but real fixes won't come until 2014  —  Microsoft published details of its upcoming Windows Phone 8 update on Thursday, revealing the minor changes that are due to roll out shortly.  Known as General Distribution Release 2 (GDR2) …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
BlackBerry A10 (Aristo) Exclusively Revealed  —  We already detailed the BlackBerry A10 and BlackBerry 9720 yesterday in an exclusive report, but this time we now are able to share exclusive images of BlackBerry's flagship handset for 2013, the BlackBerry A10.
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
Chairman Eric Schmidt: Google's Relationship With Apple Has Improved  —  On Thursday, Google chairman Eric Schmidt revealed a surprising thing: Google's relationship with Apple has improved after many meetings, he said.  —  He praised Apple alongside Google saying, “These are two proud, well-run, different companies.”
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Unannounced Motorola Moto X likely spotted in the hands of Google's Eric Schmidt  —  During the winter, Sun Valley is known for its skiing.  This time of the year, however, it's quickly becoming a tech hotspot as some of the industry's top execs gather together at the annual Allen and Co media conference.
Bloomberg:
Icahn Adds Perk to Dell Offer in Latest Buyout Challenge  —  Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is offering shareholders a chance to own a bigger stake in Dell Inc. (DELL), seeking to force Michael Dell to sweeten his $24.4 billion buyout offer for the personal-computer maker.
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
The Coinbase Blog:
Instant Bitcoin Purchases at Coinbase  —  You know what's really satisfying?  Being able to buy Bitcoin without a lot of hassle.  That's what Coinbase has always let you do.  But you know what's really awesome?  Being able to buy Bitcoin instantly, on-demand, any time you want …
Business Wire:
21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal and The Walt Disney Company to Maintain Ownership Positions in Hulu  —  21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal and The Walt Disney Company today jointly announced that they will maintain their respective ownership positions in Hulu and together provide a cash infusion …
More: VarietyTweets: @edmundlee
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Nokia Lumia 1020's Pro Camera app coming to the 920, 925, and 928  —  Nokia Pro Camera, the application taking center stage on the photography-focused Lumia 1020, will be making its way to more of the company's smartphones.  A post on Nokia's official blog notes that the app will come …
David Meyer / GigaOM:
AT&T and Verizon lose bid to maintain secrecy of French interconnection deals  —  AT&T and Verizon have failed in their attempt to block the French telecoms regulator from examining their secret interconnection agreements - deals that may be key to the erosion of net neutrality.
More: CNET, Engadget and arcep.fr
Harry McCracken / TIME:
PCWorld Exits Print, and the Era of Computer Magazines Ends  —  The last of the big general-interest PC magazines is no longer a magazine.  —  By Harry McCracken @harrymccrackenJuly 11, 2013  —  The news isn't shocking.  In fact, it's sort of a shock it didn't happen several years ago.
More: The Verge, ZDNet and ParisLemonTweets: @shonaghosh
Sarah Silbert / Engadget:
In Amazon dispute, EU Court of Justice rules that levies on blank CDs can be collected ‘in some cases’  —  Amazon's spent quite a bit of time in court as of late; in addition to a recently settled trademark dispute with Apple, a row with an Austrian copyright collection agency is keeping the e-tailer busy.

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