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July 8, 2014, 10:55 AM

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Jungah Lee / Bloomberg:
Samsung Sees Phone Rebound After Earnings Miss Estimates  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) posted second-quarter profit that missed analysts' estimates as the world's biggest smartphone maker loses market share to Apple Inc. (AAPL) and less expensive devices from Chinese manufacturers.
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.
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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JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
How John Arrillaga Sr. turned orchards into office parks for Silicon Valley's tech giants  —  The secretive billionaire who built Silicon Valley  —  How John Arrillaga Sr. transformed California fruit orchards into high-priced office space for the likes of Google, Apple, Hewlett-Packard, and Cisco.
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
MIT And Dropbox Alums Launch Inbox, A Next-Generation Email Platform  —  Founded by Dropbox and MIT alums, a new startup called Inbox is launching out of stealth today, hoping to power the next generation of email applications.  Similar to the newly launched Gmail API, Inbox offers a more modern …
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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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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.

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