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July 15, 2014, 4:57 PM

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Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft likely to announce job cuts this week; may be biggest restructuring in its history  —  Microsoft Said to Announce Job Cuts as Soon as This Week  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is planning its biggest round of job cuts in five years, as the software maker looks to slim …
Apple:
Apple and IBM partner to develop iOS enterprise apps and cloud services, tailor AppleCare for enterprise; IBM will sell iPhones and iPads to business clients  —  Apple and IBM Forge Global Partnership to Transform Enterprise Mobility  —  Apple® and IBM (NYSE: IBM) …
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Apple and IBM Team Up to Push iOS in the Enterprise  —  Apple and IBM today announced a broad partnership to help companies deploy wireless devices and business-specific applications to run on them.  —  The combination brings together two historical competitors — who decades ago struggled …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Google reveals Project Zero, a security team to find and report serious flaws in any software  —  Meet ‘Project Zero,’ Google's Secret Team of Bug-Hunting Hackers  —  Hacking wunderkind George Hotz's latest gig: An intern on Google's elite hacking team.  Tribune Review, Andrew Russell/AP
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft won't let you set Google as default search on some new Lumias  —  Microsoft has disabled an option to set Google as the default search engine on some of its latest Lumia Windows Phones.  The option is currently supported on the majority of Nokia's Lumia devices …
Google:
Google appoints former Ford CEO Alan Mulally to its board of directors  —  Google Appoints Alan Mulally to its Board of Directors  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - JULY 15, 2014 — Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) today announced it has appointed Alan Mulally to its Board of Directors.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple debuts iTunes Pass in Japan, allows Passbook-based iTunes credit refills at Apple Stores  —  Apple today has launched an interesting new service for iTunes Store, App Store, and iBookstore users in Japan with iPhones and iPod touches.  The new service, called iTunes Pass (no …
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Call to cancel Comcast service turns into absurd interrogation; Comcast calls representative's behavior “unacceptable”  —  Call to cancel Comcast service descends into desperate, hysterical fireworks  —  A Comcast customer service representative tried to retain a customer …
Matt Brian / Engadget:
Novartis to develop Google smart contact lens to track diabetes and correct farsightedness  —  Google strikes smart contact lens deal to track diabetes and fix farsightedness  —  With Glass and Android Wear, Google has already invested a lot of time and resources into developing …
Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
Nest and Samsung launch Thread, a wireless mesh standard for the smart home  —  Samsung, ARM, Nest and four other companies have gotten together to build a new radio standard for the smart home.  Dubbed Thread, it is a low-power, mesh network protocol that also supports IPv6.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
FCC extends net neutrality comment deadline after ‘overwhelming’ traffic  —  The Federal Communications Commission has been calling on the public to provide comments on its controversial net neutrality proposal, and it said today that it would actually be extending the length of the comment period …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
USPTO Refuses to Register Apple's “Touch ID” Trademark  —  Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published an official letter that was sent to Apple regarding their trademark application for “Touch ID” having been refused by their trademark examiner.  Noteworthy is the fact that the letter …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Snapchat Adds Geofilters For Quick Image Location Tags, And A New Revenue Possibility  —  Snapchat has added a new feature to its app starting today that will offer special image filters depending on your location.  All you need to do to activate them is swipe right from the preview screen …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows Phone 8.1 now rolling out to Lumia devices with new Cyan update  —  Microsoft is starting to distribute Windows Phone 8.1 to existing Lumia devices this week.  The Lumia Cyan update provides the full Windows Phone 8.1 software, alongside some tweaks and customizations specifically for Lumia handsets.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Using Adobe Flash For Your Web Site?  Google Mobile Results Will Issue Searchers A Warning.  —  Flash, Adobe's multimedia based web site technology, is not a friend of mobile devices or search spiders and now Google has decided to step up their campaign against such sites using the technology.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
LivingSocial Poaches eBay Exec Gautam Thakar To Be Its New CEO  —  LivingSocial is today announcing a new CEO and president, putting to rest a question mark that has hovered over the daily deals business for the last several months.  Gautam Thakar, an eBay executive who had been CEO …
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Google offers first developer boards for its Project Ara modular smartphone  —  Google hopes to launch its ‘build-it-yourself’ Project Ara smartphone next year and in preparation, the technology giant is accepting applications for its first development boards.
Kevin Montgomery / Valleywag:
Twitter Hit with Age Discrimination Lawsuit  —  Silicon Valley fetishizes youth—the 20-something, white, over-worked male who will write code until his wrists tingle.  That's just great, unless you happen to not be those things.  Case in point: a new lawsuit against Twitter complains …
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