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July 2, 2014, 2:30 PM

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R. Jai Krishna / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg apologizes for poorly communicating controversial News Feed study: “We never meant to upset you”  —  Sandberg: Facebook Study Was ‘Poorly Communicated’  —  Facebook 's psychological experiment on nearly 700,000 unwitting users was communicated “poorly …
Jillian Ward / Bloomberg:
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Developer preview test for Android L's Project Volta shows promise, 2 hours or 35% more battery life on Nexus 5  —  Examining Project Volta: We put Android L through our battery test  —  For each Android release, Google likes to have a “Project” that picks an area of weakness and focuses on tuning the whole OS to fix it.
Cindy Cohn / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Flawed Oversight Board Report Endorses General Warrants  —  The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) issued a legally flawed and factually incomplete report late Tuesday that endorses Section 702 surveillance.  Hiding behind the “complexity” of the technology …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Investor Tim Draper wins auction for 29,655 bitcoins seized from Silk Road, partners with Vaurum to leverage the pool as a liquidity source in emerging markets  —  Famed investor Tim Draper wins auction of Silk Road's 29,655 bitcoins  —  Draper to partner with Vaurum, which offers “secure storage solutions” to banks.
Mariella Moon / Engadget:
Chumby's smart alarm clock relaunches with 1,000 apps  —  Remember Chumby?  You probably haven't heard much about the snuggly tiny computer/smart alarm clock since its makers' company disbanded, but now it's back from its semi-retired state.  Its current owner, Blue Octy LLC …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers raises $1.2B: $450M for flagship early-stage fund, $750M for digital growth fund  —  Exclusive: Kleiner Perkins raises $1.2 billion  —  Kleiner Perkins has no trouble raising a pair of new venture capital funds.  Venerable venture capital firm Kleiner …
David Katzmaier / CNET:
Samsung to end plasma TV production this year  —  Following in the footsteps of Panasonic, Samsung says it will end production of plasma display panels by the end of this year.  —  The Samsung PNF8500 is the last great plasma TV.  —  Sarah Tew/CNET  —  Samsung SDI has announced …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Source: Google paid more than $39M for Songza  —  Google Buys Songza, a Playlist Service for Any Occasion  —  In a sign of growing consolidation in the digital music business, Google announced on Tuesday that it had bought Songza, a three-year-old app that competes with Pandora and others …
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.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
First 10K units of Oculus Rift DK2 should be arriving week of July 14  —  With 45,000 Pre-Orders, The New Oculus Rift Will Start Arriving Around July 14th  —  Back in March, the second generation of Oculus' work-in-progress virtual reality headset went up for pre-order for $350.
Bloomberg:
Shutterfly Said to Hire Qatalyst to Seek Buyers for Site  —  Shutterfly Inc. (SFLY), which turns digital photos into printed albums, is working with boutique investment bank Qatalyst Partners to find buyers for the company, according to people familiar with the matter.
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Canadian antispam law goes into effect, resulting in a flurry of ‘please opt in’ emails  —  Canadian Antispam Law Whips Up a Storm of Last-Minute Messages  —  OTTAWA — The email has all the markings of malicious spam: an overwrought subject line screaming “Urgent Action Required …
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
Facebook's new type of ad in India lets users place a ‘missed call’ for more information  —  Facebook faces several challenges in emerging markets.  The company has to find ways for people to access its platform by maneuvering around limitations which include a widespread use of feature phones …

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