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July 17, 2014, 8:30 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.
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.”
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.
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 …
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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Reuters:
Apple agrees conditionally to a $450M settlement in e-book price-fixing case; $400M could go to consumers  —  Apple agrees to conditional $450 million e-books antitrust accord  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc has agreed to pay $450 million to resolve U.S. state and consumer claims …
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 …
Cromwell Schubarth / bizjournals:
Valuations of Y Combinator companies have more than doubled to $30B over the past year  —  Y Combinator portfolio value more than doubles to $30B in past year  —  Call it another sign of a Silicon Valley bubble, or maybe it's proof that Y Combinator is backing some really promising startups.
Michael Riley / Businessweek:
How Russian Hackers Stole the Nasdaq  —  In October 2010, a Federal Bureau of Investigation system monitoring U.S. Internet traffic picked up an alert.  The signal was coming from Nasdaq (NDAQ).  It looked like malware had snuck into the company's central servers.
Bloomberg:
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.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Visa Launches Checkout, Another Play for Digital Payments  —  Visa wants you to know it gets that the future is about more than just plastic.  —  The company on Tuesday took the wraps off Visa Checkout, its latest effort to make itself relevant in a world of digital payments.
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Google plans to spend several hundred million dollars marketing Android One phones in India  —  Google Plans India Ad Blitz in Smartphone Bid  —  Google is planning a major spending effort on marketing its new Android One phones in India, in an ambitious play into a challenging but potentially huge market for smartphones.
Se Young Lee / Reuters:
iPhone 5s was bestselling smartphone in May at 7M units, beating 5M for 2-month-old Galaxy S5  —  Samsung battles on two fronts as Apple readies iPhone 6  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) is losing smartphone ground not only to cheaper Chinese rivals but also at the high end …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google Wallet gets gift cards, requesting money, sending it from your debit card for free, and Spanish support  —  Google today updated its Google Wallet app for Android and iOS with new features, including gift cards, requesting money, sending money, and Spanish support.
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Airbnb unveils its new identity, launches redesigned mobile app and website  —  Airbnb unveiled a complete brand and product redesign today at an exclusive event for top hosts and guests.  —  Airbnb calls its new logo a “multi-state moving identity,” and a “3D modular symbol” that's …

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