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July 7, 2014, 11:20 AM

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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 …
Kwame Opam / The Verge:
TSA blocking uncharged mobile devices from flights at some international airports  —  International travelers will have to make sure they charge all their devices before boarding their flights.  In an announcement made Sunday, the TSA now plans on blocking flyers with uncharged phones …
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
Washington Post:
In a cache of 160K conversations intercepted by NSA, 90% of those surveilled were not the intended targets  —  In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are  —  Files provided by Snowden show the extent ordinary Web users are caught in the net
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Apps on rarely-upgraded devices like cars, TVs increasingly rendered remotely, streamed as video  —  From Android Auto to OnLive: how video is becoming the secret glue of connected devices  —  Here's something you may not know about Android Auto, Google's attempt to enter the automotive space …
Tweets: @gigaom and @stevesi
Vinod Khosla / Khosla Ventures:
Fireside chat with Google co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin  —  At the annual KV CEO Summit, we were fortunate to have both Larry Page and Sergey Brin sit down to discuss a wide range of topics including the acquisition that never was (although not for lack of trying!) …
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
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 …

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