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July 8, 2014, 12:20 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple bolsters iOS 8 Health app with on-device steps counting & caffeine tracking  —  Apple has made significant enhancements to its upcoming Health application for iOS 8 in the latest beta of the new iPhone operating system.  Most notably, the Health application can now utilize …
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Bye Google Maps: Apple brings its Maps to the web for Find my iPhone  —  Update: Apple appears to be testing or slowly rolling out the feature as some users report still seeing Google Maps.  Apple Maps are live on the iCloud.com beta site and available for some users on the main iCloud.com site as well.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Facebook likely to be better than FBI at facial recognition due to its larger photo database  —  Why Facebook is beating the FBI at facial recognition  —  If you're worried about Big Brother and computerized facial recognition, this summer has given you plenty of reason to be scared.
Jessica E. Lessin / The Information:
Head of Apple Maps app and Mapkit team Chris Blumenberg leaves for Uber  —  Apple Maps Engineer Moving to Uber  —  Uber has poached Chris Blumenberg, a senior engineering manager who worked on Apple Maps, according to three people familiar with the move.  Blumenberg was one of the first engineers …
Liam Tung / ZDNet:
BlackBerry reveals why the Passport is hip to be square: It's all about the spreadsheets  —  Summary: BlackBerry's Passport has inspired a lot of head-scratching, but the company reckons it does have a good reason for going out on a square limb.  —  Liam Tung
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
iPhone 6 Front Panel Subjected to Scratch Test, Significant Bending  —  Earlier today, we shared a video of what appeared to be the front panel of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 subjected to a limited bending stress test, but YouTube user Marques Brownlee has now acquired the same front panel and subjected …
Kevin Collier / Daily Dot:
How currency exchange Moolah contributed to mistrust and tumbling prices for Dogecoin traders  —  The death of Dogecoin  —  On May 4, against all odds, Dogecoin surged to the finish line in Aaron's 499, a nationally televised NASCAR race in Talladega, Ala.
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Philip Guo / Communications of the ACM:
Python is now the most popular introductory teaching language at top U.S. universities … At the time of writing (July 2014), Python is currently the most popular language for teaching introductory computer science courses at top-ranked U.S. departments.  —  Specifically, eight …
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Se Young Lee / Reuters:
Samsung estimates a ~24% YOY decline in profits, missing market expectations; reports slowing smartphone, tablet sales  —  Smartphones weigh on Samsung Electronics as guidance disappoints  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Tuesday issued unexpectedly weak quarterly earnings guidance …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Scoop: Sprint tests out family data plan, other discounted offers  —  The wireless carrier is testing a cheaper version of plans offered by AT&T and Verizon Wireless, underscoring the notion that it's moving away from being simply the “unlimited data” carrier.  —  Sprint CEO Dan Hesse at a company event in June.
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JC Torres / SlashGear:
Sony Xperia C3 totes 5MP soft flash camera for selfies  —  Even Japanese OEM Sony is now trying to cater to the selfie-loving crowd.  With a 5 megapixel front camera complete with soft LED flash, the Xperia C3 is being poised as the best selfie smartphone.  While that may arguably be true …
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Box's updated S1 shows Q1 sales up 94% and losses up just 11% year-on-year  —  Pace Quickens Toward Box's IPO as Q2 Sales Nearly Double  —  Cloud storage and collaboration firm Box nearly doubled in size and revenue in the last quarter, but it did so as losses deepened, albeit at a slower rate than in earlier periods.
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