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July 15, 2014, 3:35 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 market that has hovered over the daily deals business for the last several months.  Gautam Thakar, an eBay executive who had been CEO …
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.
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.
Rob Knies / Inside Microsoft Research:
Microsoft to integrate academic data into Bing, hopes to improve Cortana for use in research  —  Making Cortana the Researcher's Dream Assistant  —  Cortana, the personal assistant for Windows Phone 8.1, certainly has received plenty of attention since being announced in April.
Roberto Baldwin / The Next Web:
Twitter's Crashlytics Answers gives developers real-time engagement metrics for their apps  —  Dual-platform crash-reporting tool Crashlytics has announced Answers, an analytics tool for iOS and Android apps that have been deployed or are in beta.  The new feature helps developers measure growth, engagement and retention.
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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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple begins encrypting iCloud email sent between providers  —  Last month Apple confirmed that it would soon beef up encryption for iCloud email following a report detailing security flaws in major email services.  While Apple previously encrypted emails sent between its own iCloud customers …
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Box Plans Deep Office 365 Integration As It Removes Storage Caps For Business Customers  —  This morning Box announced that it will integrate its cloud storage solution into Microsoft's popular Office 365 productivity suite.  The company also indicated that its ‘Business’ SKU will no longer …
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 …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Dish Anywhere streaming stays alive, despite Fox's win over Aereo  —  Appellate court denies Fox's request to impose a preliminary injunction.  —  A federal appeals court has denied Fox's bid to immediately shut down the Dish Anywhere streaming platform.  The United States Court of Appeals …
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 …

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