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July 15, 2014, 4:50 AM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft plans holiday 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 …
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.
Dan Frommer / Quartz:
The Eric Schmidt email confirming Google's one-hour window to counter Facebook job offers  —  More fascinating emails continue to trickle out of the Google/Apple/Intel/Adobe wage-conspiracy case in California.  In one exchange revealed last week, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt confirmed …
More: ValleywagTweets: @fromedome
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
GCHQ developed tools to manipulate online polls, inflate pageviews, censor videos, more  —  Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek to Control the Internet  —  The secretive British spy agency GCHQ has developed covert tools to seed the internet with false information …
Ellen Emmerentze Jervell / Wall Street Journal:
Swedish author and his bot created 2.7M Wikipedia articles; some editors object to methods  —  For This Author, 10,000 Wikipedia Articles Is a Good Day's Work  —  In Sweden, Sverker Johansson and His ‘Bot’ Have Created 2.7 Million Articles; Some Purists Complain
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Seattle legalizes Uber, Lyft to operate without caps  —  Transportation startups like UberX, Lyft, and Sidecar will finally be able to legally operate in Seattle.  The City Council today voted 8-1 to approve legislation that provides a new regulatory framework for the San Francisco-based startups …
More: CNET and PandoDaily
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 …
Jack Schofield / ZDNet:
Microsoft testing a wearable headband in the UK to help blind people navigate surroundings  —  Microsoft's wearable Alice band is not a rival to Google Glass  —  Summary: Microsoft is working on a wearable “Alice band” that helps blind people to navigate the urban environment …
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
SV Angel is raising a fifth, $70M fund — its largest to date  —  SV Angel, the seed-stage VC firm founded by Ron Conway and ex-Googler David Lee, is raising a fifth, $70 million fund.  —  Revealed in a public SEC filing, no sale has taken place for the new fund, but its projected size …
More: bizjournalsTweets: @sparklabskoreaThanks:@harrisonweber
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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