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July 1, 2014, 6:00 PM

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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
FBI, CIA Use Backdoor Searches To Warrentlessly Spy On Americans' Communications  —  The other shoe just dropped when it comes to how the federal government illegally spies on Americans.  Last summer, the details of the NSA's “backdoor searches” were revealed.
More: PC World and Vox
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Google acquires music streaming service Songza for undisclosed amount, will keep product intact for now  —  Google Buys Songza  —  Google has acquired music streaming service Songza after weeks of speculation around a potential buyout.  —  Songza uses information about the user and context …
Robert McMillan / Wired:
Recent hires suggest Apple is forming its own speech recognition team for a neural-net-boosted Siri  —  Siri Will Soon Understand You a Whole Lot Better  —  It all started at a small academic get-together in Whistler, British Columbia.  —  The topic was speech recognition …
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
FTC says T-Mobile made hundreds of millions on crammed text message charges; T-Mobile says accusations are “unfounded and without merit”  —  FTC Alleges T-Mobile Made Millions From Allegedly Bogus Text Message Charges  —  T-Mobile made hundreds of millions of dollars …
Matt Thomlinson / TechNet Blogs:
Microsoft strengthens encryption for Outlook.com and OneDrive, opens Redmond Transparency Center to let governments review source code  —  Advancing our encryption and transparency efforts  —  Vice President, Trustworthy Computing Security, Microsoft  —  In December, we announced …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Twitter names ex-Goldman banker Anthony Noto CFO, Mike Gupta now Head of Strategic Investments  —  Twitter CFO Steps Down and Is Replaced By Banker Who Took Company Public  —  Twitter said in a filing today that it's CFO Mike Gupta was shifting his job to become an SVP of strategic investments.
Mike Kaplinskiy / Vine blog:
Vine introduces ‘loop count’ popularity indicator, updates home and activity feeds  —  Introducing Loop Counts  —  Starting today, you'll see loop counts on Vines in our iOS and Android mobile apps and on the web.  Loop counts indicate how many times people have looped a video …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Tumblr “shadow CEO” Derek Gottfrid is out according to internal email from David Karp  —  One The Most Important People At Tumblr — Derek Gottfrid — Is Out Of The Company  —  A key Tumblr employee is out of the company.  —  Derek Gottfrid, who joined from the New York Times in 2010 …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Android Wear review: Fast notifications, accurate voice commands, but still feels like a beta  —  Android Wear software review: Smartwatch software that doesn't suck  —  Google wearables: take two.  —  Believe it or not, Google has been a leader in the wearables space for some time with Google Glass.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Amazon Launches Its Most Affordable EC2 Instances Yet, But There's A Caveat  —  Amazon today launched its most affordable instances for its EC2 cloud computing service yet.  Starting at just $0.013 per hour ($9.50 per month) for on-demand access (reserved instances are even cheaper) …
Richard Padilla / MacRumors:
Apple Launches 2014 ‘Back to School’ Promotion with Apple Store Gift Cards Up to $100  —  As indicated yesterday, Apple today launched its annual Back to School promotion offering qualified educational purchasers an Apple Store gift card of $100 with the purchase of a new Mac or a $50 gift card with the purchase of an iPad or iPhone.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Buys E-Commerce A/B Testing Service Predictive Edge, Shuts It Down  —  Dropbox has made another acquisition: Predictive Edge, a company that had built a way to personalise e-commerce offerings, along with dynamic pricing, for marketers to send out to users and run A/B tests around them.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
eBay Confirms Shutdown of Small-Business E-Commerce Software Products  —  eBay announced on Tuesday that it would be shutting down its Magento Go and ProStores small-business e-commerce products in early 2015.  The closure of these offerings, which Re/code first reported last week …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Accidentally Sent Advertisers Receipts And Data For Other People's Ads  —  Last night a sizable number of Facebook advertisers received receipts listing other people's ads, including company names, campaign names, and amount spent.  Sources tipped us off to the bug …
More: FacebookThanks:@joshconstine
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Emojli is a social network composed entirely of emoji  —  Social networks love emoji.  And those better-than-real-words icons love social networks right back.  Emojli is possibly the next step in that blossoming relationship: a social network with “no words, no spam, just emoji.”
Wall Street Journal:
ESPN and Univision crack down on Vine World Cup highlights posted by competitors like SB Nation  —  ESPN And Univision Want Rivals to Stop Showing World Cup Goals … Soccer fans seek their fix of blistering goals and near misses not just on TV, but on social media services and their favorite sports sites, too.
More: eWeek and GigaomTweets: @mathewiSee also Mediagazer
David Meyer / Gigaom:
UPDATED: PayPal froze account of secure email startup ProtonMail due to “technical problem”  —  The Switzerland-based startup, established by MIT, Harvard and CERN researchers, couldn't access money that crowdfunding backers have given it, because PayPal had frozen its account.
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Newegg is latest big retailer to accept bitcoin  —  Online electronics seller Newegg announced on Tuesday that it has partnered with payment processor Bitpay to let its more than 25 million customers pay with bitcoin.  The company, which sells items like computers and game consoles …

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