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July 15, 2014, 1:35 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
More: Tech Times
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
Twitter Is Cracking Down On Companies That Provide Stats About Its Users  —  Twitter has taken the unusual step of shutting off its datapipe to certain companies that have published their own stats on how big Twitter's user base really is, according to two sources.
More: Marketing Land and ITProPortalTweets: @qthrul
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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