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July 16, 2014, 10:40 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.

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