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July 14, 2014, 4:20 PM

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Secret / Medium:
Secret raises $25M series B, launches ‘Collections’ feature and anonymous Facebook login  —  Onward  —  The next six months  —  Six months into growing and evolving Secret, our community has shown us how much demand there is for a social network centered around honest conversations.
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Six-month-old Secret valued at more than $100M after latest funding round  —  Secret Reaches Beyond Tech Set, and Raises $25 Million  —  Secret, the app that lets people post messages anonymously, has been beloved by the tech insiders who use the service to gossip about their jobs and love lives.
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft plans assault on Chromebooks with $199 HP laptop, $249 laptops from Acer and Toshiba  —  Microsoft launches a price assault on Chromebooks  —  Microsoft is aiming straight for Google's Chromebooks this holiday season.  At the company's partner conference today …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Sources: AOL CEO Tim Armstrong would love to merge with Yahoo, but Marissa Mayer finds the idea backward-looking  —  Two Years and Still Stuck in a Revenue Rut, Will Yahoo's Mayer Bite the AOL Bullet?  —  Maybe AOL and Yahoo will merge.  Maybe not.  Maybe they should.  Maybe they shouldn't.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
LinkedIn acquires Newsle, a Google Alerts-style service for you and your network  —  LinkedIn's has announced it has acquired Newsle, a service that lets you import your contacts from Facebook or LinkedIn and scans the Web to alerts you whether anyone in your network has been mentioned on the Web.
Liam Spradlin / Android Police:
Exclusive: Google Prepping Play Store Update That's One Step Closer To Material With Beautiful New Listing UI  —  When we first wrote about Quantum Paper (the internal name for the material in Material Design), we noted that Google was anticipating a series of updates to its own apps between …
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.
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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.
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:
Former Google [X] director and head of Glass Babak Parviz joins Amazon  —  Google X director Babak Parviz founded and led both the Google Glass and contact lens projects at Google, but it appears he has now left the Mountain View corporation in favor of Amazon.

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