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July 10, 2014, 5:40 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.
Joshua Topolsky / The Verge:
A chat with Microsoft's CEO: why Apple and Google haven't won yet  —  “Guess what, you're just not a consumer.”  —  Satya Nadella has been CEO of Microsoft for five months, and he's made it clear he intends to change and re-focus the software behemoth as it navigates the next generations of technological change.
More: CNET and WMPoweruser
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon Goes After Box, Dropbox And Huddle, Launches Zocalo For Secure Enterprise Storage  —  E-Commerce giant Amazon has made huge competitive inroads into the cloud services market with Amazon Web Services, and today it's adding another feature that will put it into direct competition …
Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
TSMC Starts Shipping Microprocessors to Apple  —  iPhone and iPad Maker Seeks to Diversify Suppliers After Samsung Dispute  —  Chip giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing has started filling orders for the brains in Apple's iPhones and iPads, a significant step in Apple's push to diversify its suppliers.
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 …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Restaurant Payments App Cover Raises $5.5 Million From Spark Capital  —  Cover wants to facilitate the process of paying your check at the end of the meal, removing friction and encouraging more restaurants to accept mobile payments.  To get more restaurants — and users — signed up …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Chromecast and Roku sold an estimated 3.8M units each in 2013 in the US, 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 …
Grant Gross / Computerworld:
Senate committee unanimously approves mobile phone unlocking bill  —  The legislation would overturn a Library of Congress decision to remove legal protections for unlocking  —  The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to approve legislation that would allow mobile phone owners to unlock …
More: CNET
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 …
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.
More: 9to5Google
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 …
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 …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Airbnb revamps its review system: Hosts and guests see feedback simultaneously, review period cut to 14 days  —  Airbnb today announced it has revamped its review system to promote more and more honest feedback.  Given that the accommodation service is completely built on trust …
Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
bop.fm, which lets you share playlists that work with multiple music services, raises $2M  —  Y Combinator Music Startup Bop.fm Raises $2 Million  —  At a time when digital music ventures are suddenly hot commodities, the Y Combinator-backed startup Bop.fm has raised $2 million from a group of investors led by Charles River Ventures.

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