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July 9, 2014, 7:35 PM

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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.  —  Among Google, Canon, SAP, Newegg, Dropbox and Asana, there are nearly 300,000 patent assets on the line.
Tony Romm / Politico:
Apple noted to the FTC in January that Google Play also allowed kids to make unauthorized in-app purchases  —  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.
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 …
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Dish tells FCC to block Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal  —  Satellite broadcaster Dish Network wants the government to block Comcast Corp.'s proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable.  In meetings with top Federal Communications Commission officials earlier this week, Dish said a combination …
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 …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Google Adds Android Smartphone And Tablet Screen Mirroring To Chromecast  —  Google has released a feature for Chromecast announced at Google I/O this year - Android device screen mirroring.  The update today brings the much-desired feature to all Chromecast-capable devices and makes Google Cast …
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 …
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Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
10Gbps over a copper telephone line: A new world record set by Bell Labs  —  The telecommunications masters at Bell Labs have managed to deliver a world record connection speed of 10Gbps (10,000Mbps) over copper wires.  Dubbed XG.fast, the new technology could be used to massively extend …
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Google Glass creator: Glass not only answer to life after smartphones  —  Babak Parviz, a Google X director who led development of the product, talks about the beginnings of Glass, and where he hopes it will go.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — It seems like everyone's got an opinion on Google Glass …
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 …
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Samsung is only firm buying subsidiary's mobile-display tech  —  Samsung Display's AMOLED technology is often found in parent company Samsung's products, but according to the CEO, Samsung's rivals aren't interested.  —  Samsung's Galaxy S5  —  Andrew Hoyle/CNET
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 …
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
LG's new KizON wristband is a wearable for kids that lets parents track their location  —  LG is going all out to make its presence felt in the wearables space — after its Android Wear-based G Watch went on sale across the world yesterday, it has unveiled today a new wearable device for kids, the KizON wristband.
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.
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.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Microsoft drops case that severed DNS hosting for millions of No-IP nodes  —  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 hostnames.

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