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July 10, 2014, 11:55 AM

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Microsoft Corporation:
Satya Nadella: Microsoft will focus on mobile and cloud, renew focus on productivity, won't sell Xbox  —  Satya Nadella's email to employees: Bold ambition and our core  —  Team, As we start FY15, I want to thank you for all of your contributions this past year.
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 …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
In the US, Chromecast and Roku sold an estimated 3.8M units each in 2013, compared to 2M Apple TVs  —  Roku and Chromecast go head-to-head in streaming race, Apple TV falling behind  —  Roku and Chromecast were the two most successful streaming devices sold in the U.S. in 2013 …
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 …
Reuters:
Access to Google services within China returns  —  (Reuters) - Users in China were able to access online services for Google Inc on Thursday, after more than a month of severe disruption that almost completely blocked people from using features such as its search, maps and e-mail functions.
Eriq Gardner / The 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 …
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
PCs see surprising gain in US as global decline slows, but Apple slips  —  PCs are seeing surprising strength, especially in the US, according to IDC.  Are some tablet models starting a slow fade?  —  HP EliteBook Folio 1040: HP gained, as business laptops are seeing strength.  —  Hewlett-Packard
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 …
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.
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.
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
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
Malwarebytes raises $30M in Series A Funding, secures 60m users  —  Summary: Security firm Malwarebytes has secured $30 million in Series A funding from Highland Capital Partners.  —  Malwarebytes has secured $30 million in Series A funding from Highland Capital Partners, allowing the security firm to expand globally.
Tom Brewster / Guardian:
Silent Circle takes on Skype and Viber with global, encrypted phone calls  —  Secure comms firm promises ‘beautiful disruption’ with its new Silent Phone calling plans, but will businesses agree?  —  Silent Circle's Silent Phone service.  —  Secure communications firm Silent Circle is taking …
Matina Stevis / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Secures EU Trademark for Store Layouts  —  Court Ruling Extends Apple's Trademark beyond U.S.  —  BRUSSELS— Apple Inc. has a secured a court ruling allowing the company to register the layout of its retail stores in the European Union as a trade mark, an extension of its intellectual property …

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