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July 15, 2014, 2:15 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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
LivingSocial Hires eBay's Gautam Thakar as New CEO  —  LivingSocial has hired eBay's Gautam Thaker as its new CEO, replacing co-founder Tim O'Shaughnessy as the once fast-growing deals company attempts to create a new plan for growth.  Thaker most recently was general manager of eBay Advertising and CEO of eBay's Shopping.com site.
More: GeekWire and TechCrunch
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Call to cancel Comcast service turns into absurd interrogation; Comcast calls rep's behavior “unacceptable”  —  Call to cancel Comcast service descends into desperate, hysterical fireworks  —  A Comcast customer service representative tried to retain a customer over the weekend …
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.
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 …
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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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.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Mozilla releases mozjpeg 2.0 as Facebook tests and backs the JPEG encoder with $60,000 donation  —  Mozilla today announced the release of mozjpeg version 2.0.  The JPEG encoder is now capable of reducing the size of both baseline and progressive JPEGs by 5 percent on average …
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 …
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.
More: TechCrunch and Crashlytics BlogTweets: @marshallk

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