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July 12, 2014, 11:25 AM

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Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Rap Genius rebrands as “Genius”, raises $40M led by Dan Gilbert, and makes annotations embeddable  —  The Inside Story Of How Rap Genius Fired A Cofounder — And Just Raised $40 Million (Annotated!)  —  On May 23 of this year, things were finally coming together for Rap Genius.
Barton Gellman / Washington Post:
Washington Post writer responds to criticism of analysis of 160K conversations intercepted by the NSA, sheds light on data set, analysis methods  —  How 160,000 intercepted communications led to our latest NSA story  —  The Debrief An occasional series offering a reporter's insights
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Silicon Valley's Real Estate Crunch Is A Golden Opportunity For Other American Cities  —  Curse CEO Hubert Thieblot moved his company headquarters to “Rocket City” Huntsville, Alabama from San Francisco last year.  —  When Curse CEO Hubert Thieblot told his employees last year that he was moving …
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Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Lyft reverses under legal pressure, cancels Friday night New York launch  —  Attorney General insists NY Supreme Court issued injunction—but Lyft denies it.  —  Facing the weight of the New York Attorney General, Lyft now says it will delay its planned launch in the Big Apple on Friday evening.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Apple launches new Swift blog, offers Xcode 6 beta for free  —  Apple's new Swift programming language has attracted a lot of interest from developers since it was announced last month at WWDC, and now the company is looking to get it in the hands of more developers.
David Kravets / Ars Technica:
Judge orders unmasking of Amazon.com “negative” reviewers  —  A federal judge has granted a nutritional supplement firm's request to help it learn the identities of those who allegedly left “phony negative” reviews of its products on Amazon.com.  —  The decision means that Ubervita …
Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Samsung updates app store, rebrands it as Galaxy Apps, will offer “hundreds of apps” exclusive to Galaxy devices  —  Samsung keeps its distance from the Android pack with Galaxy Apps store  —  Samsung has spent the last several years trying to separate itself from the rest of the Android pack.

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