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July 21, 2014, 1:05 PM

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Jason D. O'Grady / ZDNet:
Forensic scientist identifies suspicious ‘back doors’ running on every iOS device  —  Summary: During his talk at HOPE/X Jonathan Zdziarski details several undocumented services (with names like “lockdownd,” “pcapd,” “mobile.file_relay,” and “house_arrest") that run in the background on over 600 million iOS devices.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft consolidates its IT pro tradeshows into one  —  Summary: Microsoft is consolidating a number of its standalone IT pro-focused tradeshows into a single unified event, slated to kick off in May 2015 in Chicago.  —  Microsoft is consolidating its TechEd, Microsoft Management Summit …
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
NBA star Carmelo Anthony launches venture capital firm called M7 Tech Partners  —  Knicks Star Carmelo Anthony Launches Venture Firm  —  After scoring a new contract worth over $122 million with the N.Y. Knicks, NBA star Carmelo Anthony is looking to take a different kind of shot — starting a venture capital firm.
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Urban Compass raises $40M at $360M valuation after increasing revenues 10x over past year  —  Urban Compass Raises Money at $360 Million Valuation  —  Urban Compass Inc., the New York marketplace for renting and buying apartments, will expand to more U.S. cities after raising $40 million from investors.
Steven Scheer / Reuters:
Mobileye, Israeli maker of driving assist systems, starts road show for $500M NYSE IPO  —  Israel's Mobileye starts road show for $500 million NYSE IPO  —  (Reuters) - Mobileye N.V., which makes software and cameras that help cars avoid accidents, said on Monday it has launched a road show …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
BlackBerry Names New COO, Marty Beard, ex-CEO Of Enterprise Cloud Startup LiveOps  —  On the heels of news that Apple would be significantly ramping up its mobile enterprise push in a partnership with IBM, BlackBerry is also looking to step up its game.  Today, the company announced that it is appointing a new COO, Marty Beard.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
The story of WebP: How Google wants to speed up the web, one image at a time  —  Tired of slow web pages?  So is Google, and the company thinks it has the key to speed up the web: smaller image files.  Google's WebP image format aims to replace existing image file formats like JPEG with a smaller file size …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Blockchain Android app updated with new features simplying transactions, map view of merchants  —  Blockchain Releases New Android Wallet App To Put Bitcoin Into Everyone's Hands  —  Popular bitcoin wallet provider Blockchain.info is releasing a major new version of its Android app …
More: 9to5Google
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
NEA Backs BetterDoctor's Quest To Develop Tools To Find A Better Doctor  —  For Ari Tulla, the chief executive officer in NEA's newest portfolio company, BetterDoctor, the decision to launch a company was a matter of more than just money.  —  Almost ten years ago, Tulla's wife began treatment for a serious illness.

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