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July 11, 2014, 8:15 AM

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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
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Bill Gurley / Above the Crowd:
How to Miss By a Mile: An Alternative Look at Uber's Potential Market Size  —  On June 18, Aswath Damodaran, a finance professor at NYU's Stern School of Business, published an article on FiveThirtyEight titled “Uber Isn't Worth $17 Billion.”  This post was a shortened version of a more detailed post …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Amazon sidesteps French ban on free shipping by charging a penny  —  France's “anti-Amazon” law prohibiting free shipping and discounts has now gone into effect, and Amazon quickly announced that it had conformed — technically.  Though it no longer ships books for free, it only charges 0.01 euro …
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.
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: VentureBeat and Gigaom
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: TechCrunch and CNET
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.
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.

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