July 17, 2014, 2:25 PM

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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.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Microsoft cutting up to 18,000 jobs by next year, 13000 starting now; a total of 12,500 from Nokia  —  Ax Falls at Microsoft as Company Looks to Cut Up to 18,000 Jobs  —  Microsoft on Thursday announced it plans to cut 18,000 jobs this year-its deepest-ever cuts-as the company looked …
Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
Microsoft to Shutter Xbox Entertainment Studios (Updated)  —  Microsoft will shut down the Xbox Entertainment Studios, ending an ambitious foray into original video programming.  —  The Santa Monica studio, with its estimated 200 employees, will be shuttered as Microsoft focuses on strengthening its core videogame business.
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:
Michael Riley / Businessweek:
Russian hackers planted malware on poorly-defended NASDAQ servers in 2010, possibly to clone the exchange's technology  —  How Russian Hackers Stole the Nasdaq  —  In October 2010, a Federal Bureau of Investigation system monitoring U.S. Internet traffic picked up an alert.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Facebook launches Mentions iPhone app, intended for use by public figures with verified Pages  —  You Can't Use Facebook's New iPhone App — Unless You're Famous  —  Stars aren't just like us.  They need a special app to post on Facebook.  —  That's the thinking behind Mentions …
Simon Parkin /
YouTubers are running advertorials, paid promotions, and product placement without disclosures  —  Blurred lines: Are YouTubers breaking the law?  —  From unmarked advertorial to paid social network promotion, Simon Parkin investigates the ethics and legality of YouTube.

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