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June 30, 2014, 4:15 PM

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Paulo Golgher / Orkut Blog:
Google to shut down Orkut on September 30, will create archive of all public communities  —  Tchau Orkut  —  Ten years ago, Orkut was Google's first foray into social networking.  Built as a “20 percent” project, Orkut communities started conversations, and forged connections, that had never existed before.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
More details on Microsoft's desktop-focused Windows ‘Threshold’ release; public preview expected in fall 2014, release in spring 2015  —  Windows ‘Threshold’: More on Microsoft's plan to win over Windows 7 users  —  Summary: One of Microsoft's main goals with 'Threshold …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Exclusive: A review of the Blackphone, the Android for the paranoid  —  Built for privacy, the Blackphone runs a beefed-up Android called PrivatOS.  —  Based on some recent experience, I'm of the opinion that smartphones are about as private as a gas station bathroom.
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Adam Sherwin / The Independent:
Google Glass to be banned from all UK cinemas  —  If you've just acquired a Google Glass headset for £1,000, don't show it off at the movies.  UK cinemas are to ban the headsets over fears that the gadgets can be used to make pirate copies of Hollywood blockbusters.
Howard Blume / Los Angeles Times:
Some LA schools choosing between six different laptops for students after botched iPad rollout  —  LAUSD shifts gears on technology for students  —  Los Angeles school district officials have allowed a group of high schools to choose from among six different laptop computers for their students …
Tyler Hayes / Liisten:
Fire TV's advanced streaming and prediction feature can consume 80GB a day  —  The Secret Little Problem With Amazon's Fire TV  —  I got a little nervous that something was wrong when I go a notice from my Internet service provider, Cox Cable, saying that I had hit my monthly download cap.
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Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Samsung's new low-end smartphones offer Android 4.4 and its redesigned TouchWiz skin  —  It's almost impossible to keep up with Samsung's ever-expanding smartphone portfolio.  Unfortunately, the problem only deepened today after the company unveiled four new low-end smartphones with equally forgettable names and spec-sheets.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iOS 7.1.2 With Mail Fixes, iBeacon Improvements  —  Apple today released iOS 7.1.2 to the public, more than two months after releasing iOS 7.1.1. iOS 7.1.2 is a minor update that focuses primarily on bug fixes and security improvements, repairing an email attachment encryption issue …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Twitter Scoops Up AdTech Firm Tap Commerce for Around $100 Million  —  Twitter is in the process of acquiring Tap Commerce, a New York-based mobile advertising technology firm, according to sources familiar with the situation.  The deal is expected to be announced later on Monday.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple announces iTunes U update with iPad Course Creation, Student Discussions & more  —  Screenshot showing new iTunes U “Student Discussions” feature  —  Apple today announced an update to its iTunes U educational app that includes a number of new features for iPad including course creation tools …
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
MapR Raises $110 Million in Round Led by Google Capital  —  There's been another big round of funding for a player in the steadily growing world of Hadoop, the open-source big data technology.  —  MapR announced this morning that it had raised $110 million in combined equity and debt financing.

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Avangate:
How to customize your website and marketing campaigns for international web traffic  —  Do you sell digital goods (Software, SaaS, eBooks etc) outside of North America?  Have you optimized your website to grow your global revenue?
Zoho:
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Twin Prime:
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