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July 2, 2014, 11:25 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Nicholas Stango / Gizmodo:
Inside the Secret Building That's Bringing Cell Service To NYC's Subway  —  As Hurricane Sandy revealed almost two years ago, New York's 100-year-old subway is not a modern and robust system.  In fact, compared to other cities, it's downright dirty, unpredictable and technologically behind.
More: ANIMAL
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Former Time editor-at-large Harry McCracken joins Fast Company as technology editor  —  Hey, I'm Joining Fast Company!  —  Just over a month ago, I resigned from my job at TIME and rebooted this website.  I wrote at the time that I didn't expect to do Technologizer full-time indefinitely …
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 …
More: Geeky Gadgets and LiliputingTweets: @chumby
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 …
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch review: expensive accessories with promise, but not yet must-haves  —  Android Wear hardware review: Sometimes promising, often frustrating  —  Why wear one smartwatch when there's room for two?  —  We've reviewed most of the major entrants into the smartwatch arena …
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.

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