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July 15, 2014, 8:40 PM

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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 …
Google:
Google+ removes all name restrictions, apologizes for “unnecessarily difficult experiences”  —  When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile.  This helped create a community made up of real people …
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.
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
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Oculus Spots People Selling Rift Pre-Orders, Cancels Their Shipments  —  The second version of the Oculus Rift VR headset is expected to start arriving this week, but actually getting your hands on one is going to be tough.  Over 45,000 units had been pre-ordered as of the first of this month …
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 …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Realogy buying ZipRealty for $166 million, a valuation that could give Redfin pause  —  Realogy Holdings, which operates brands such as Coldwell Banker, Century 21, ERA and Sotheby's International, is adding another one to its lineup.  Madison, New Jersey-based Realogy today announced …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Netflix already stopped mailing DVDs on Saturdays, but you probably didn't notice  —  The USPS may not have gone forward with its plans to kill Saturday mail delivery, but Netflix isn't waiting.  A few customers have noticed it's no longer processing shipments on Saturdays, opting for a five day schedule instead.
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 …
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Marketing Chief Ho, Engineering Head Liu Said to Quit  —  HTC Corp. (2498) Chief Marketing Officer Ben Ho and President of Engineering and Operations Fred Liu have resigned from the Taiwanese smartphone maker, according to two people familiar with the matter.
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 …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Intel Beats Estimates, Raises Forecast on Improved PC Market  —  Chipmaker Intel said on Tuesday that an improved PC market helped it to deliver quarterly earnings that exceeded its initial estimates.  The company also hiked its full-year sales outlook.  —  Intel reported second-quarter earnings …
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 …
Andrew Martonik / Android Central:
MediaTek announces MT6795 64-bit octa-core processor with 2K display support  —  MediaTek, makers of processors for a variety of different applications including mobile devices, is today announcing its latest high-end chip, the MT6795.  This SoC, which sits at the top of the MT67xx range …
More: Re/code, Inquirer and Gigaom
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 website 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.

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