July 7, 2014, 2:30 PM

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Oculus Debuts Oculus Connect Developer Conference, Acquires RakNet And Open Sources Its Tech  —  Oculus made a couple of announcements today, including the acquisition of middleware game-network technology provider RakNet, which powers cross-platform voice chat, SQL logging …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Google sets aside as much as $500M to expand Shopping Express nationwide, fend off Amazon  —  Inside Google's Big Plan to Race Amazon to Your Door  —  Google is the undisputed king of search in all but one lucrative and vital category: Product searches.  —  Over the past decade …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Gartner: Device Shipments Break 2.4B Units In 2014, Tablets To Overtake PC Sales In 2015  —  The gradual decline of the PC industry, spurred on by the rapid rise of mobile computing, continues apace.  Today the analysts at Gartner have published their latest forecasts for global PC, tablet …
Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
How malicious community edits on Google Maps can destroy a business  —  How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business at Will  —  Rene Bertagna blames Google for the death of his restaurant, Serbian Crown.  Courtesy Rene Bertagna  —  Washington DC-area residents with a hankering …
Eric Johnson / Re/code:
How Twitch's Founders Turned an Aimless Reality Show Into a Video Juggernaut  —  Broadcasting yourself playing videogames online may not sound like a billion dollar business.  But that's just a matter of who you ask.  —  Twitch, the three-year-old video site is raising eyebrows across …
More: Justin Kan
Benedict Evans:
Android L and iOS 8 mark the first true mobile platform philosophy divergence since the iPhone  —  The next phase of smartphones  —  It's now 7 years since the iPhone reset the phone business, and indeed the entire computing and internet businesses.  But it was pretty clear …
More: Ars Technica and Monday NoteTweets: @stevesi
Wall Street Journal:
Box raises $150M more from TPG and Coatue Management at $2.4B valuation, expects IPO after labor day  —  Web-Storage Startup Box Raises $150 Million as It Awaits IPO  —  Box Inc. has bought itself some breathing room as it waits for a more suitable time to hold an initial public offering.
Hal Hodson / New Scientist:
Hong Kong subway AI manages 10K workers doing 2600 weekly engineering tasks across the system  —  The AI boss that deploys Hong Kong's subway engineers  —  An algorithm schedules and manages the nightly engineering work on one of the world's best subway systems - and does it more efficiently than any human could
More: GizmodoTweets: @barticz

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