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July 15, 2014, 11:05 AM

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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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Data Breaches in New York Hit Record High in 2013, State Attorney General Says  —  Last year was a record-setting one for the state of New York — and not in a good way.  —  Public and private institutions in New York experienced more than 900 data breaches in 2013, according to a report released …
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 …
Daniela Hernandez / Wired:
Microsoft says its deep learning project “Adam” is faster than Google Brain in benchmark test  —  Microsoft Challenges Google's Artificial Brain With ‘Project Adam’  —  Microsoft's new artificial intelligence system, Project Adam, can identify images, including photos of a particular breed of dog.
Orr Hirschauge / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft in talks to acquire Israeli cybersecurity firm Aorato in deal worth around $200M  —  Microsoft in Talks to Buy Israeli Cybersecurity Firm Aorato  —  Deal Said to Be Worth Around $200 Million  —  Microsoft Corp. is in talks to acquire Israel-based cybersecurity startup Aorato Ltd. …
Aldrin Calimlim / App Advice:
PayPal for iOS now lets you carry virtual versions of your loyalty cards  —  PayPal has just updated its flagship iOS app with a major new feature and a couple of welcome improvements.  —  In September last year, just ahead of the launch of iOS 7, PayPal for iOS was updated with a new design …
Todd Hoff / High Scalability:
Bitly: Lessons Learned Building a Distributed System that Handles 6 Billion Clicks a Month  —  Have you ever wondered how bitly makes money?  A URL shortener can't be that hard to write, right?  Sean O'Connor, Lead Application Developer at bitly, answers the how can bitly possibly …
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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 …
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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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.
Ted Johnson / Variety:
FCC Receives More Than 677,000 Comments on Net Neutrality Proposal  —  The FCC has collected more than a half million comments on its latest proposal to establish rules of the road for the Internet, with a deadline on Tuesday for weighing in on how or if the agency should adopt regulations …
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.

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