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July 11, 2014, 5:20 PM

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Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal:
China's state broadcaster calls iPhone's location tracking a “national security concern”  —  China Calls iPhone a Security Risk  —  State-run China Central Television has labeled Apple's iPhone location-tracking feature a “national security concern,” in the latest backlash against U.S. technology companies.
David Drummond / Guardian:
Google's top lawyer describes challenges in implementing EU's Right To Be Forgotten, urges public debate  —  We need to talk about the right to be forgotten  —  After the European court ruling, we at Google want to encourage debate on where the public interest lies in restricting web searches
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Lyft hit with restraining orders from NY Attorney General, Taxi Commission  —  The service was set to give free rides to locals starting this week  —  The New York Attorney General and the Taxi and Limousine Commission filed temporary restraining orders against ridesharing company Lift today …
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 …
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
FCC Approves Controversial $2 Billion School Wi-Fi Plan  —  Schools will soon be able to apply for grants from a $2 billion fund to help pay for Wi-Fi networks in schools under a plan approved Friday by federal regulators.  —  The Federal Communications Commission voted to set aside funds …
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Acquires Video Streaming Platform RayV  —  Following rumors of talks going as far back as May, we'd been hearing whispers all morning that Yahoo had finally acquired the video broadcasting platform RayV.  —  Sure enough, it's just been made official.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Google Maps for iOS adds mapped search results and Gmail appointments, more  —  Google today updated its Maps application for iPhone and iPad to version 3.2 introducing new features and improvements.  —  The latest version of Google Maps now supports viewing search results with descriptions directly on the map view.
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 …
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Buys Big Data Startup RelateIQ For Up To $390M  —  The motto at Salesforce.com seems to be if you can't beat them, buy them.  This time the exact target of Salesforce.com's $390 million desires is the scrappy startup RelateIQ, which uses searches of unstructured data from email …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple's sapphire-covered ‘iWatch’ to enter mass production in November  —  Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has provided relatively accurate information on future Apple product plans in the past (but frequent misses on timing), has issued a new report today indicating …

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