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July 14, 2014, 9:50 PM

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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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Alina Selyukh / Reuters:
Internet Association representing Google, Netflix, Amazon, and others pushes for net neutrality in FCC filing  —  U.S. web companies press demands for net neutrality with FCC  —  (Reuters) - Major U.S. web companies on Monday urged regulators to restrict the ability of Internet providers …
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 …

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