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July 8, 2014, 5:45 PM

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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Amazon offers some Hachette authors 100% of ebook sales while dispute is ongoing  —  Amazon Tries to Woo Authors in Hachette Dispute  —  Amazon, awash in negative publicity in its confrontation with Hachette over e-book terms, is seeking to break the standoff by appealing directly to the publisher's authors.
Horace Dediu / asymco.com:
As US smartphone penetration crosses 70%, trends suggest iPhone will fare well among late adopters  —  Late late majority  —  Seven years after the iPhone was launched, 70% of the US population is using smartphones.  Smartphones existed before the iPhone so the category is older …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Uber agrees to new national policy that will limit surge pricing during emergencies  —  The taxi app falls in line with state laws that consider dynamic pricing during storms to be illegal price gouging  —  Uber is well known for using a dynamic model it calls surge pricing that adjusts the cost of a fare based on supply and demand.
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.
Se Young Lee / Reuters:
Samsung estimates a ~24.5% YOY decline in profits for Q2, 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 …
Jessica E. Lessin / The Information:
Senior Apple Maps app and Mapkit engineer 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.
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
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Cloudian Raises $29 Million Because Not Everything Needs To Live In “The Cloud”  —  As the cloud storage provider Box continues to slouch toward its public offering (staggering under the weight of new invested capital), a number of startups continue to raise cash on the premise that sometimes sensitive data needs to remain grounded.
Mario Aguilar / Gizmodo:
Popcorn Time's “Netflix for Torrents” Is Coming to Chromecast  —  Popcorn Time is a miracle: It lets you stream torrents of movies and TV shows as though they were on Netflix or Hulu.  Is it illegal?  Probably!  But it's also awesome, hard to trace, and soon, it'll work with your Chromecast.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Facebook likely better than the 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.
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
The government has asked Verizon for customer data 149,000 times this year.  And it's only July.  —  Verizon v. F.C.C. arguments begin today.  (Justin Sullivan/GETTY IMAGES)  —  Verizon's just published its second-ever transparency report, showing that in the first six months of 2014 …
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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