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July 11, 2014, 1:35 AM

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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: WMPoweruser and UbergizmoTweets: @savasp
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Satya Nadella's Microsoft Vision is Strikingly Different From Steve Ballmer's Microsoft Vision  —  Satya Nadella announces Office for the iPad at an event in San Francisco on March 27, 2014  —  At 6am this morning, Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, sent his colleagues a long memo spelling out his vision for the company.
More: CITEworld
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 …
Donna Tam / CNET:
Amazon asks FAA to let it ramp up drone development  —  The company says its drones can now fly up to 50 miles per hour, and it wants to test them outside the federal government's current restrictions.  —  Amazon's Prime Air prototype.  —  Amazon  —  Amazon is asking the federal government …
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.
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 and TechCrunch
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple brings iTunes Extras to Apple TV, HD Extras to Macs today & iOS 8 in fall  —  Apple today released iTunes version 11.3 and with it is making its iTunes Extras feature available for HD movies on Macs.  Apple also announced today that the feature is now available for Apple TV with update 6.2 and will arrive on iOS 8 this fall.
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 …
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.
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google, Microsoft, IBM And Others Collaborate To Make Managing Docker Containers Easier  —  It's not often that you see this combination of backers, but today, Microsoft, Red Hat, IBM, Docker, Mesosphere, CoreOS and SaltStack all banded together to support Google's open-source Kubernetes project for managing Docker containers.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
AT&T Slowly Expanding “Toll-Free” Data Trial, but Still No Big-Name Customers  —  AT&T grabbed a lot of attention back in January when it announced plans to offer companies the option to pay for data used by their customers.  —  Syntonic Wireless  —  Since then?  Crickets.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Cuts Some iTunes Song Previews From 90 Seconds to 30 Seconds  —  Back in 2010, Apple extended iTunes song previews from 30 seconds in length to 90 seconds on songs longer than 2 minutes and 30 seconds, to give users a longer listening period before making a purchase.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
There's “no congestion,” Verizon says, despite continued Netflix problems  —  Verizon used this illustration to make its case against Netflix.  —  Verizon  —  It's been 10 weeks since Verizon and Netflix struck a deal in which Netflix will pay the ISP for a direct connection to its network.
Kate Conger / San Francisco Examiner:
MonkeyParking temporarily disabled in San Francisco under pressure from city attorney  —  MonkeyParking app shuts down under pressure from City Attorney  —  MonkeyParking, a Rome-based app that enables users to auction off public parking spots to other drivers, announced today that it would suspend service in San Francisco.
Kyle Russell / TechCrunch:
Quantum computing company D-Wave Systems raises $28.4M  —  D-Wave Systems Raises $28.4 Million Round  —  Quantum computing technology company D-Wave Systems has raised a new $28.4 million round of funding, according to a new filing on the SEC's site.  —  This latest round …
More: Gigaom and VentureBeat
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Misfit teams up with Beddit to sell branded sleep tracking hardware, integrates with iOS app  —  Misfit, the creator of the popular shine fitness tracking wearable, and Beddit, the creator of sleep analysis hardware, today announced a partnership that brings sleep tracking to Misfit's iOS app.

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Microsoft:
Kinect SDK 2.0 and new adapter kit now available  —  Read more from Technical Fellow Alex Kipman about the next chapter for Kinect.
Amazon Web Services:
Amazon Mobile Analytics- 100M Free Events per Month!  —  Designed to deliver usage reports within 60 min of receiving data from an app.  Built to scale - collect and process billions of events per day from millions of users.
Rackspace:
Another Patent Troll Slain.  You Are Now Free To Rotate Your Smartphone.  —  Rotatable Technologies is now an ex-patent troll.  I say “ex-troll” because its patent, US Pat.  No. 6,326,978, has been declared unpatentable …
Zoho:
Ringio helps sales teams close more deals by bringing Click To Call to Zoho CRM  —  This is a guest post by Sam Aparicio, CEO of Ringio.  —  Today we are announcing a new integration with Zoho that brings Ringio's Click To Call …
 

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