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July 10, 2014, 7:05 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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Acer's updated C720, the first Chromebook with a Core i3 processor, now available for preorder from $350  —  The first Chromebook with a Core i3 processor is here  —  Even more Intel inside  —  Chromebooks are best known for being simple, pared-down devices that browse the web and don't do much else.
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
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.
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 …
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 …

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