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July 1, 2014, 6:50 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: Computerworld 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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) …
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 …
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.
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.”
Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom:
Lumia 635 with LTE comes to US through T-Mobile, Metro PCS for as little as $99  —  Microsoft's newest Lumia smartphone with LTE arrives in the U.S. later this month.  The Lumia 635 can be had from T-Mobile for zero down and $7 a month while MetroPCS customers get special promotional pricing of $99 for the Windows Phone 8.1 handset.
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.
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 …
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