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July 9, 2014, 3:35 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 …
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
BBC:
Apple suffers Siri patent case defeat in China  —  Apple has failed in its attempt to get a Chinese company's voice-recognition patent ruled invalid.  —  The verdict threatens Apple's ability to offer its voice-controlled virtual assistant, Siri, in the country.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft readies three new Office 365 plans for small and mid-size businesses  —  Summary: Microsoft is introducing three new Office 365 plans for small and midsize business users this October.  Here's what's coming.  —  One of the primary markets where Microsoft goes head-to-head with Google …
David Shamah / The Times of Israel:
“Red Alert: Israel” app now using Yo to deliver rocket attack alerts  —  Red Alert app offers a Yo! update on missile attacks  —  A mobile platform developed by two Israeli volunteers spreads the word on Israeli communities in danger- in real time
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
137 Ventures Raises $137M Second Fund To Offer Early Liquidity To Startup Execs  —  Secondary investment firm 137 Ventures is announcing that it has raised a $137 million new fund.  (That number has to be intentional, right?)  —  When the firm was founded in 2010, it was pitched as an alternative …
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 …
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
More: iMore and The Next Web
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Texas lawyer sues Tor for providing tools used by revenge porn site  —  Encryption service Tor has been caught up in a Texas revenge porn lawsuit.  Yesterday, attorney Jason Lee Van Dyke linked to a lawsuit filing against Pink Meth, a nude photos site accessible only to users of the encryption software.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Microsoft drops case that severed DNS hosting for millions of No-IP users  —  Microsoft has formally settled legal differences with No-IP, the dynamic domain name host that was kneecapped by a botnet takedown that recently knocked out service to millions of legitimate users.
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Google, Canon, Dropbox and Others Pool Patents to Ward Off Trolls  —  A coalition of technology companies large and small has created a sort of arms-control treaty to prevent future abuses of their intellectual property.  —  Between Google, Canon, SAP, Newegg, Dropbox and Asana, there are nearly 300,000 patent assets on the line.
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: VentureBeat and RTTNews
Wall Street Journal:
EU Begins Questioning Facebook Rivals Over WhatsApp Deal  —  Formal Review Could Be Test Case For Competition Law Application in Social Media  —  European Union antitrust officials have started questioning rival firms about Facebook Inc. 's proposed $19 billion acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp …
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.
More: Beyond Search, TechCrunch and Fast Company
Tweets: @rozzie and @om
Thanks:@srikardr
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.
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.

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Microsoft:
Halo: The Master Chief Collection' goes gold: Available for pre-download later Friday  —  Dan Ayoub, studio head of Halo External Development at 343 Industries, shares his thoughts about the major milestone.
Amazon Web Services:
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Rackspace:
Another Patent Troll Slain.  You Are Now Free To Rotate Your Smartphone.  —  Rotatable Technologies is now an ex-patent troll.  I say “ex-troll” because its patent, US Pat.  No. 6,326,978, has been declared unpatentable …
Zoho:
Announcing the New and Improved Zoho Docs for Android  —  From charting out flight plans to building a whole new website, everything is now available at your fingertips.  Businesses, small or big …
 

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