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July 10, 2014, 10:00 AM

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New York Times:
Chinese hackers accessed personal details of US federal employees, targeted applicants for top-secret security clearances  —  Chinese Hackers Pursue Key Data on U.S. Workers  —  WASHINGTON — Chinese hackers in March broke into the computer networks of the United States government agency …
Robin Wauters / Tech.eu:
Google sets up European venture capital arm with initial $100 million fund and four general partners  —  The beans have been spilled, courtesy of the FT: Google is creating a $100 million fund to invest in European startups.  —  The Internet behemoth's newest VC arm will have five general partners …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Aereo Lays Out New Survival Strategy in Letter to Judge  —  The company attempts to pay statutory license fees as a cable operator.  The broadcasters respond that the new defense to copyright infringement is “astonishing.”  —  The Supreme Court has handed down its big decision on the legality of Aereo …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Leaked Documents Show How Yelp Thinks It's Getting Screwed By Google  —  Documents leaked to TechCrunch from inside Yelp allege that Google is manipulating its search results to favor Google+ content over Yelp content.  The materials accuse Google of blatantly highlighting its own products …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
FreedomPop Brings Its Free Wireless Service To Europe, Sans Handsets  —  FreedomPop, the startup out of LA that has been going after U.S. carriers' wireless business with a “free” basic mobile offering, is now bringing a SIM-only version of its service to Europe and beyond.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Forget “OK Glass,” MindRDR Is A Google Glass App You Control With Your Thoughts  —  Google Glass has made a name for itself (somewhat infamously) as head-mounted hardware that you can control with your voice and a sliding finger.  Now, a team based out of interactive studio This Place in London …
Washington Post:
Passenger claims he was “kidnapped” by an Uber driver and taken on a “high-speed” chase  —  Man visiting D.C. says Uber driver took him on wild ride … Well, the tweet pretty much says it all.  —  On Tuesday, Ryan Simonetti, CEO of New York-based Convene, had an Uber ride he won't soon forget.
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
How The EU Censors Google & Search Engines Just Like China  —  When it comes to censorship, the European Union generally isn't one of the political entities that immediately comes to mind.  But it should, especially since its new Right To Be Forgotten mandate has the political union acting …
Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:
Scytl snags another $20M to put secure elections on the Web  —  Scytl is trying to modernize elections by killing the ballot box and moving the voting process online.  SAP Ventures, a European based firm, just handed the startup another $20 million to help the company expand.
More: Scytl and PE Hub Blog
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
4.7-Inch iPhone 6 Rear Shell Shown in High-Quality Photos and Video  —  Over the past six weeks, we've seen a few photos and even a video of what has been claimed to be the actual rear shell of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, showing a nearly all-metal design with separate bands presumably to accommodate the antennas at the top and bottom.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Xperia Z1 Compact on sale in the US six months after announcement  —  Better late than never, but why aren't the carriers picking it up?  —  One of our favorite phones of this year, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, has finally gone on sale in the United States half a year after it was initially unveiled.
David Meyer / Gigaom:
UK fast-tracks communications data retention law in attempt to expand powers overseas  —  As reported a few days ago, the U.K. is set to introduce emergency legislation to respond to a recent ruling by Europe's top court, which struck down an EU-wide law forcing communications firms to hang …
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.
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 …
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
More: SamMobile, Ubergizmo and PhoneArenaTweets: @whatthebit
Patricia Laya / Bloomberg:
Carlos Slim to break up telecom giant América Móvil in Mexico amid regulatory crackdown  —  Carlos Slim to Dismantle Mexican Empire  —  Billionaire Carlos Slim is bowing to imminent antitrust legislation by planning a breakup of America Movil SAB (AMXL)'s phone operations …
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 …

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