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July 9, 2014, 12:20 PM

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First Look Media:
NSA and FBI covertly monitored emails of several Muslim-Americans, including a political candidate and civil rights activists  —  Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On  —  The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans …
Faryaab S. / SamMobile:
Gear VR, Samsung's virtual reality headset, to launch at IFA 2014 early September  —  Exclusive: Samsung's virtual reality headset will be called Gear VR, launch at IFA 2014  —  A month ago, Engadget exclusively reported on Samsung's upcoming VR device, which is being developed in collaboration with Facebook's Oculus Rift.
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
High school interns hired by Silicon Valley's tech giants can make more than US average income  —  Silicon Valley's Talent Grab Spawns High-School Interns  —  Facebook Inc. (FB) rolled out the red carpet for Michael Sayman when the social network hired him for a job that started last month …
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Google Cloud now offering 2TB of free storage for a year to compete with Amazon and Microsoft  —  With Google Offer, Cloud Storage Gets Closer to Free  —  Google Wednesday fired another shot in the price wars for cloud-computing services, offering businesses more free storage in an effort …
More: eWeek and 9to5Google
Om Malik:
With Big Data Comes Big Responsibility  —  “You should presume that someday, we will be able to make machines that can reason, think and do things better than we can,” Google co-founder Sergey Brin said in a conversation with Khosla Ventures founder Vinod Khosla.
Tony Romm / Politico:
Apple reported Google to FTC in January over in-app purchases by kids  —  Apps and kids: Google may be next in FTC crosshairs  —  Apple leaped into action after the Federal Trade Commission cracked down on iPhone and iPad apps that let kids spend their parents' money without permission.
Seth Rosenblatt / CNET:
Android's phone wiping fails to delete personal data  —  Prepping an older phone for resale or as a donation?  A study shows you'll need more than the default data wipe tools to eliminate personal data and those embarrassing selfies.
Marcus Wohlsen / Wired:
UberX now 20% cheaper in NYC, undercutting taxis, and operating at a loss to make itself too big to ban  —  Uber's Brilliant Strategy to Make Itself Too Big to Ban  —  The question of how Uber would spend its billion-dollar investment was never really much of a riddle.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Adidas wants to put a personal trainer on your wrist with the Fit Smart  —  Nike might be planning to abandon its Fuelband hardware, but Adidas is taking the opposite path with the introduction of its new Fit Smart fitness tracking device.  It's a wrist-worn tracker that looks similar …
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
ServiceNow To Acquire Israel's Neebula for $100 Million  —  ServiceNow, the cloud software company that helps other companies automate their corporate IT environments will pay $100 million in cash to acquire Neebula, an Israeli startup.  —  Neebula's speciality is a system for discovering …
More: RTTNews
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
Samsung's basic problem: no software-based differentiation, competing on price is not enough  —  Smartphone Truths and Samsung's Inevitable Decline  —  For me, anyway, the most surprising thing about Samsung's disappointing earnings was just how surprised many folks seemed to be.
More: TechCrunchTweets: @alanknottcraig
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
A profile of ex-Googler Morgan Marquis-Boire, now director of security at First Look Media  —  The Ex-Google Hacker Taking on the World's Spy Agencies  —  During his last six years working as an elite security researcher for Google, the hacker known as Morgan Mayhem spent his nights …
Ryan Faas / CITEworld:
What businesses need to know about Android Work  —  Google announced its Android Work program during its developer conference in June.  The program, which will launch as part of Android L this fall, marks a turning point for Android in business.  Until now, there haven't been true across …
More: Android PoliceTweets: @mattrosoff
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.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / ZDNet:
Quarterly tablet PC shipments to fall for the first time ever  —  Summary: For the past several years, tablet PCs and smartphones have been the primary growth driver in the smart device category, but that cash cow might be running dry.  —  Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Facebook kills ‘Lecpetex’ botnet that turned 250k PCs into Litecoin-mining zombies  —  Facebook said police in Greece made two arrests last week in connection with a little-known spamming botnet called “Lecpetex,” which used hacked computers to mine the Litecoin virtual currency.
Blake Stimac / TechHive:
New custom ROM for LG G Watch promises better performance and battery life  —  While Android Wear hardware is only just now beginning to ship en masse, development looks to be coming along swimmingly.  New apps with Android Wear support are popping up quickly, but it's surprising …
James Kanter / New York Times:
Yelp Joins Critics of European Union Settlement With Google  —  BRUSSELS — Yelp, the online service increasingly popular on both sides of the Atlantic, has joined the critics formally opposing the European Union's proposed antitrust settlement with Google.  —  Yelp, which helps consumers find …
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
UK joins the US in banning uncharged devices from flights  —  A few days ago, the US Government announced that all airline passengers with personal electronics would be required to turn their gadgets on in order to demonstrate that they work.  Now, the Department for Transport has announced …

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