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July 16, 2014, 12:25 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) …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
In IBM and Apple's wake, what will team Android do?  —  Summary: The biggest challenge for team Android is that Google and Samsung, two partners with enterprise ambitions, will have to herd cats to reach corporations to counter Apple and IBM.  —  Google, Samsung and team Android may have to form …
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
New York Times:
Time Warner rejected $80B takeover bid by Murdoch's 21st Century Fox last month, no longer in discussions  —  Rupert Murdoch Said to Have Made Offer for Time Warner  —  Twenty-First Century Fox, the media empire run by Rupert Murdoch, made an $80 billion takeover bid in recent weeks …
Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom:
Amazon is testing “Kindle Unlimited,” an ebook subscription service for $9.99/month  —  Amazon is testing an ebook and audiobook subscription service called “Kindle Unlimited” that offers “unlimited access to over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for just $9.99 a month.”
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 …
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.)
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
FiftyThree's Pencil iPad stylus arrives in the UK  —  Are you a Briton who's been itching to try out Pencil, FiftyThree's Bluetooth-connected iPad stylus?  Until now, the only way to get hold of the device would be to order it from the US and bracing yourself for the inevitable barrage of paperwork and annoyance from customs.
eMarketer:
Microsoft to Surpass Yahoo in Global Digital Ad Market Share This Year  —  Google, Facebook continue on as the market's leaders  —  Yahoo's push to maintain its position as a top global ad seller will take another hit in 2014, according to new projections from eMarketer.
Mark Harris / Guardian:
FBI warns driverless cars could be used as ‘lethal weapons’  —  Internal report sees benefits for road safety, but warns that autonomy will create greater potential for criminal ‘multitasking’  —  The FBI believes that the driverless car is a “game changing” vehicle could revolutionise high …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
InkCase Plus Adds A Second, Standalone E-ink Screen To Your Android Phone  —  With more of our attention being gobbled up by smartphone screens it's no wonder phone displays have gotten bigger.  But there's a natural limit on how big a phone's screen can get before you're basically holding a tablet.
Sapna Maheshwari / BuzzFeed:
Bloomberg $20K+/year terminals have a classifieds section called POSH  —  There's A Secret Craigslist Just For Rich People  —  The classifieds section of the Bloomberg terminal, which costs more than $20,000 a year, is called POSH.  Aptly named.  —  The Bloomberg terminal …
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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 …

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