July 17, 2014, 10:50 AM

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Satya Nadella / Microsoft Corporation:
Satya Nadella's email to Microsoft employees on integration of Nokia Devices and Services  —  Starting to Evolve Our Organization and Culture  —  Last week in my email to you I synthesized our strategic direction as a productivity and platform company.  Having a clear focus is the start of the journey, not the end.
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Nokia X Android Devices To Run Windows Phone  —  Last month Nokia, you know, Microsoft's mobile division, launched the Nokia X2, a low-cost Android handset.  Yes, Android.  This was the second device in the product line and a curious one at that.  Because Android.
John Ribeiro / PC World:
Microsoft's Bing follows Google in offering Europeans the ‘right to be forgotten’  —  Microsoft has started accepting requests from users in Europe who want to remove search links from Bing under a recent “right-to-be-forgotten” ruling by Europe's top court.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Disrupt Finalist Boomerang Commerce Raises $8.5M Series A Round For Its Price Optimization Service  —  Boomerang Commerce, one of our six finalists at the latest Disrupt in New York, today announced that it has raised an $8.5 million Series A round.  The round was led by Madrona Venture Group and Trinity Ventures.
Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:
JFrog Raises $7M to Remake Software Development and Distribution  —  The way software is developed and distributed has changed dramatically because of the cloud—software updates are now pushed out automatically, mostly without our noticing—and that creates the need for new software distribution pipes.
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Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Netflix to FCC: reclassify Comcast and Verizon so they can't choke the internet  —  Netflix came out swinging in its submission to the FCC over proposed internet “fast lanes,” arguing Wednesday that this would be a bad idea and that the agency should instead focus on forcing broadband providers …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Xbox One sales double, one month after $100 price cut  —  Offering up a cheaper Xbox One is helping Microsoft sell quite a bit more consoles.  The company announced today that since it began selling a $399 version of the Xbox One without the Kinect sensor on June 9 — a $100 price cut …
Erico Guizzo / IEEE Spectrum:
MIT roboticist unveils Jibo, a social robot for the home, available for pre-order today for $499, ships 2015 holiday season  —  Cynthia Breazeal Unveils Jibo, a Social Robot for the Home  —  Cynthia Breazeal and Jibo.  —  Cynthia Breazeal, the famed roboticist at MIT's Media Lab and a pioneer …
Apple Looks to Status-Hungry Vietnam for Growth: Southeast Asia  —  Bich Ngoc, who earns less than $60 a week and has a newborn son, cobbled together four months of savings to buy the latest iPhone so she could impress her colleagues who have older versions of the device.
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Starts Selling Its Aerial Imagery To Maps For Business Users  —  Google Maps for Business is a service for enterprises and government organizations that need to visualize their assets on a map.  Today, the company has announced that customers can now purchase Google's aerial imagery directly …

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