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July 16, 2013, 8:20 PM

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Brad Smith / TechNet Blogs:
Responding to government legal demands for customer data  —  Today we have asked the Attorney General of the United States to personally take action to permit Microsoft and other companies to share publicly more complete information about how we handle national security requests for customer information.
Wall Street Journal:
Google Pitches Online TV Service to Media Companies  —  Streaming of Traditional TV Programming Is Also Planned by Others  —  Google Inc. has approached media companies about licensing their content for an Internet TV service that would stream traditional TV programming, people familiar with the matter say.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
After Acquisitions Aplenty, Yahoo Q2 Beats With EPS At 35 Cents, But Revenue Flat Again At $1.07B  —  The day for purple exclamation points (or lack thereof) has arrived.  Yahoo just released its earnings report for the second quarter of 2013, with better-than-expected (non-GAAP) net earnings of $386 million, or 35 cents per share.
Billy Gallagher / TechCrunch:
Path Is Raising $50M At A $500M Valuation, Still Looking For A Lead Investor  —  Path is raising a $50 million Series C round at a $500 million post-money valuation.  Sources tell us the company is still seeking a lead investor, the round is currently oversubscribed, and one of the investors in the round is …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Gesture In The Picture, As Intel Reportedly Picks Up Omek But PrimeSense Dismisses Apple Acquisition Rumors  —  Yet more exits for Israeli startups, with the latest two developments a throwback to the hardware and engineering muscle that raised the tech profile of the region in the first place …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
LivingSocial closes its New York office space and terminates its local events division  —  LivingSocial, the daily deals startup and Groupon competitor in which Amazon invested a hefty $175 million, is closing its NY office at 101 Fifth Avenue and is terminating its local events division.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Hands on with OWA for iPhone, Microsoft's Outlook for iOS (sort of)  —  Microsoft has added another piece to its “free” Office package for iPhone users—free as in “free with an Office 365 account,” that is.  This time, Microsoft included an Outlook mail client and calendar...sort of.
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Play Store redesign points to Google Glass support  —  Google's updated Play Store includes mention of Glass, implying that the company's headset will be managed through the store soon.  Users who have linked Glass with their Google account have been seeing the device in the site's “compatible devices” list when viewing apps.
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
AT&T counters T-Mo's Jump with Next, its own phone upgrade program.  Is it a better deal?  —  Not to be outdone by T-Mobile's new smartphone upgrade program Jump, AT&T is launching its own plans next week that will let customers trade up to new handsets before their contracts are up.
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
A bird's eye view of the AT&T-Leap Wireless merger  —  I've already taken one crack at explaining why AT&T would want to buy regional carrier Leap Wireless.  This deal is clearly about spectrum.  AT&T wasn't able to get it by purchasing T-Mobile so it's hoping to pick up airwaves …

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