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July 2, 2014, 2:00 AM

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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 …
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Privacy board backs NSA's foreign spying  —  A federal privacy watchdog is largely putting its support behind a major pillar of the National Security Agency's foreign snooping.  —  A draft version of a new Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) report released late Tuesday …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
BlaBlaCar Raises A Massive $100 Million Round To Create A Global Long Distance Ride-Sharing Network  —  In what is the largest VC round in a French startup of all time, BlaBlaCar just raised a $100 million round led by Index Ventures, with existing investors Accel Partners, ISAI and Lead Edge Capital also participating in the round.
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 …
Husain Sumra / MacRumors:
Apple Launches $49 Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter in Online Store  —  Apple today launched a new $49 Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter in its online store, offering users of the new Mac Pro a way to easily secure their machines using existing Kensington locks.  Previously, users had to resort …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
VAIO computers return after Sony sells the brand  —  The new VAIO Corporation is here  —  The iconic VAIO PC brand has been resurrected today, following Sony's sale of the struggling business to investment fund Japan Industrial Partners.  At the time, Sony said it planned to concentrate …
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.
Nellie Bowles / Re/code:
Hinge, a Transparent Dating App, Raises $4.5 Million  —  Hinge, a transparent, totally not anonymous dating app (you use your full name, and it pulls photos from Facebook), just received $4.5 million in venture funding from Founders Fund, Lowercase Capital and others.
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 …
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.
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 …
Mark Hearn / 9to5Google:
Google's Smarty Pins map game tests your knowledge about location-based events  —  Google released another web-based game today called Smarty Pins that will most likely distract you from other things that you should be doing.  Powered by Google Maps, this quiz game tests your knowledge …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Custom Analytics Startup Keen IO Raises $11.3M Round From Sequoia And Others  —  Keen IO, a startup that helps developers build their own analytics products, is announcing that it has raised $11.3 million in Series A funding.  —  Co-founder and CEO Kyle Wild told me that when the company started talking …

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