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July 16, 2014, 4:21 AM

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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 …
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.)
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.
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 …
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Misses In Q2 With Revenue Of $1.04B, EPS Of $0.37  —  Today after the bell, Yahoo reported its second-quarter financial performance, including revenue (excluding traffic acquisition costs, or TAC) of $1.04 billion and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.37.  Revenue including TAC was $1.08.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Multichannel News:
House Votes To Make ISP Tax Moratorium Permanent  —  But Grandfathered States May Get Phase-out, Rather Than Flash-cut  —  The House Tuesday passed a bill that would make permanent the ban on taxing Internet access.  —  A temporary ban has been regularly renewed since it was first adopted in 1998 …
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Yelp raises limit on API requests from 100 to 25K calls/day for unapproved developers  —  Yelp Liberates Its API To Box Out Foursquare And Google  —  Yelp wants as many inroads and reminders for its service around the web as possible, so today it upped the limit on its API for pulling nearby places …

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