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July 14, 2014, 1:00 PM

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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple's 5.5-inch ‘iPhone 6’ faces production issues, launch may be pushed to 2015  —  Apple's rumored 5.5-inch “phablet” iPhone model is said to be facing issues with its new in-cell touchscreen panel, as well as color unevenness on the new “iPhone 6” metal casing …
Kevin Roose / New York Magazine:
Does Anyone Outside Silicon Valley Even Want a Smartwatch?  —  Nearly every big tech company is betting on them in unison.  —  In the past week, I've been called “Inspector Gadget” twice, had a near-calamitous accident involving spray-on sunblock, and felt my arm vibrate so often I started treating it as a phantom limb.
Tweets: @mikeisaac and @karaswisher
David Meyer / Gigaom:
“Final evolution” of original Raspberry Pi gains micro-SD and lower power consumption  —  There's a new iteration of the open-source Raspberry Pi computer kit: the Model B+.  According to the Raspberry Pi Foundation, it's the “final evolution” of the original Raspberry Pi design, before a move to a future full version 2.
New York Times:
eBay partners with Sotheby's to live stream the auction house's sales worldwide, giving eBay's 145M customers bidding access  —  A Warhol With Your Moose Head?  Sotheby's Teams With EBay  —  Convinced that consumers are finally ready to shop online for Picassos and choice Persian rugs …
Benj Edwards / The Atlantic Online:
How an enthusiast is trying to rebuild Prodigy, the online service that shut down in 1999  —  Rebuilding Prodigy, one screen at a time  —  Rebuilding Prodigy, one screen at a time  —  Michael Doino approached the late hours of October 1, 1999, with a lingering sense of dread.
More: blog.chron.comTweets: @benjedwards
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Nadella's broad-based memo to employees lacked specifics, foreshadows organizational changes  —  Microsoft's New CEO Needs An Editor  —  Satya Nadella's latest message to the troops - and to the world - is disquieting.  It lacks focus, specifics, and, if not soon sharpened …
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Behind the post-acquistion evolution of Instagram, which says 25% of users use Direct monthly  —  Instagram is ready to take its shot  —  The photo-sharing social media service has a fast-growing, hyper-engaged user base that advertisers love.  Now it just needs to figure out how to make money for corporate parent Facebook.
Tweets: @rafatThanks:@uking3
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Comcast Acquired PowerCloud Systems, Gears Up For Smart Home Play  —  Update.  I have now confirmed that Comcast has indeed acquired PowerCloud Systems, a spinoff from PARC that developed hardware and software to monitor broadband usage in your home or office.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
German Cartel Office Says Google, Other Tech Giants Could Be Regulated Like Utilities: Report  —  Germany has not been the biggest fan of tech giants that it believes overreach their influence.  Now, a report claims that it is considering a new way to deal with them: regulating them like utilities.

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