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July 8, 2014, 2:25 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple bolsters iOS 8 Health app with on-device steps, distance tracking & caffeine monitoring  —  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 …
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
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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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.
Horace Dediu / asymco.com:
As US smartphone penetration crosses 70%, signs that 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 than seven years …
More: 9to5Mac
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.
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 …
Andrea Peterson / Washington Post:
Chinese cyberspies have hacked Middle East experts at major U.S. think tanks  —  Middle East experts at major U.S. think tanks were hacked by Chinese cyberspies in recent weeks as events in Iraq began to escalate, according to a cybersecurity firm that works with the institutions.

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