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July 9, 2014, 10:05 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.
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 …
More: 9to5Google and SlashGearTweets: @dannysullivan
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
More: eWeek and 9to5Google
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
Sam Colt / Business Insider:
NYC's Taxi Commission says Lyft unauthorized in New York City, drivers may be fined  —  The NYC Taxi Commission Just Blew A Hole In $700 Million Car-Sharing Startup Lyft  —  Lyft's run in New York City may be startlingly short-lived.  —  The ride-sharing company known …
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.
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 …
Tricia Duryee / GeekWire:
The honeymoon is over: Expedia and Groupon no longer co-branding travel deals  —  Groupon and Expedia are scaling back a 3-year-old partnership that focused on selling heavily discounted travel deals together.  A Groupon spokesman confirmed today that the daily deals company and the online travel agency …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft brings video editing to Windows Phone 8.1 with Video Tuner  —  Windows Phone has always been missing good video editing tools, and Microsoft thinks it now has the answer.  Available today, Video Tuner is the latest in a series of additional apps developed by the Nokia part of Microsoft.
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 …

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