June 30, 2014, 11:15 PM

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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 …
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.
Abhijeet M. / SamMobile:
Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini to hit retail in mid-July  —  Just like a new Galaxy S flagship is a given each year, so is a new iteration of the current Galaxy S' mini variant, a device that Samsung always hopes to sell not based on its feature list, but on the fact that it carries the name of the company's multimillion-selling flagship.
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
“Buy Now” Buttons Start Appearing in Tweets.  Is Twitter Shopping Finally Here?  —  Two things stand out about the sneakers pictured above in a screenshot from Twitter.  First, their list price is a cool $170 million (though we imagine that's a glitch).  —  Second, there's a “Buy now” button included in the tweet.
More: CNET, Ubergizmo and Mashable
Tweets: @caseynewton and @jbruin
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.
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.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
New N.S.A. Chief Calls Damage From Snowden Leaks Manageable  —  FORT MEADE, Md. — The newly installed director of the National Security Agency says that while he has seen some terrorist groups alter their communications to avoid surveillance techniques revealed by Edward J. Snowden …
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.
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple rolls out two-step verification for Web apps  —  Apple appears to be testing out a new implementation of its two-factor Apple ID authentication system with, requiring users who have the additional layer of security enabled to enter a special code before accessing the Web apps.
Samit Sarkar / Polygon:
Ouya now selling 12-month pass to 800 games for $59.99  —  Ouya launched a limited deal today, the All-Access Pass, which gives customers 12 months' worth of access to almost all games on the platform for $59.99.  —  According to its listing on the Ouya Shop, the All-Access Pass covers …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Millions of dynamic DNS users suffer after Microsoft seizes No-IP domains  —  Legitimate users caught in legal fire designed to take down botnets.  —  Millions of legitimate servers that rely on dynamic domain name services from suffered outages on Monday after Microsoft seized 22 domain names …
Automakers incrementally approach self-driving cars, see dangers to Google's eagerness  —  Google, Detroit diverge on road map for self-driving cars  —  (Reuters) - In 2012, a small team of Google Inc engineers and business staffers met with several of the world's largest car makers …
More: DailyTech and SlashGear
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter Rolls Out App Install And Engagement Ads, And New Click Pricing, Globally  —  Social networking platform Twitter says its MoPub ad network now reaches more than 1 billion iOS and Android users every month, and so today it is making its latest move to build out that mobile advertising business with more products.
Steve Johnson / Mercury News:
Hewlett-Packard and shareholders reach settlement in suit over Autonomy deal  —  PALO ALTO — In a victory for Hewlett-Packard, the tech giant said Monday it has tentatively reached a settlement in a federal shareholder lawsuit over its ill-fated purchase of British software company Autonomy …

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