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July 15, 2014, 10:40 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 …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Sling's ‘M1’ streaming box brings built-in WiFi at a lower price  —  It's been nearly two years since Sling unveiled new placeshifting boxes, so it's high time the company brought its products into the year 2014.  The firm just announced two refreshes, including the entry-level M1 …
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 …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Samsung In Talks To Scoop Up SmartThings For Around $200 Million  —  Google has Nest, Apple has HomeKit and Samsung has...SmartThings, we're hearing.  The deal was completed for around $200 million dollars, though it might have been less according to one source.  —  (Update: The deal is not done yet, says another.)
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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 …
Sam Biddle / Valleywag:
Tim Draper's Six Californias initiative heads for 2016 ballot; source says shady tactics used for signatures  —  Tech VC Says His Plan to Break California Apart Is Moving Forward  —  Tim Draper, legendary venture capitalist, has a plan to cement Silicon Valley's status as the most-hated locale in America: make it its own state.
Reto Meier / Android Developers Blog:
Google offers Udacity course in Android development; all course materials are free  —  Learn to Think Like an Android Developer  —  By Reto Meier, Head of Scalable Developer Advocacy  —  Today I'm proud to announce the latest resource for learning to develop Android apps: Developing Android Apps: Android Fundamentals.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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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Microsoft:
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Rackspace:
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