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July 10, 2014, 1:55 PM

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Satya Nadella / Microsoft Corporation:
Nadella: “Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world”, reaffirms commitment to 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.
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Alleges Amazon Unlawfully Billed Parents for Millions of Dollars in Children's Unauthorized In-App Charges  —  No Password or Other Indication of Parental Consent Was Required for Charges in Kids' Apps; Internal E-mail Referred to Situation as “House on Fire”—Amazon.com …
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
TaskRabbit pivots, launches on-demand service for cleaning, handiwork, moving, & errands  —  TaskRabbit just killed off its famous task bidding system for an new model: instantly bookable services in four of its most popular categories.  —  News of the change was shared last month to ease …
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
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 …
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.
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Ready for takeoff: Microsoft's iconic Flight Simulator revived, coming to Steam  —  Microsoft Flight Simulator is making a comeback — but Microsoft won't be doing any of the work to make it happen.  Dovetail Games, makers of the Train Simulator franchise, has signed a global licensing deal …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Sonos is finally adding SoundCloud support  —  It's been a long time coming, but Sonos has finally added SoundCloud to the list of music services officially supported by its internet-connected loudspeakers.  SoundCloud music became available in beta through the Sonos app Thursday …
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 …
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 …
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Samsung child labor allegations contradict recent audit  —  China Labor Watch uncovers a practice of hiring underage workers during periods of peak demand  —  The 2014 edition of Samsung's annual Sustainability Report was issued a few days ago and enumerated a long list …
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.
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
FreedomPop Brings Its Free Wireless Service To Europe, Sans Handsets  —  FreedomPop, the startup out of L.A. 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.
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.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Insiders offer a contrasting account to details in Whitney Wolfe's complaint against Tinder  —  The Story Of Whitney Wolfe Vs. Tinder  —  It's hard to write a story without a protagonist, but here goes.  In the past week, Tinder's former VP of Marketing Whitney Wolfe filed a complaint …
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