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July 22, 2014, 1:25 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Apple asks manufacturers to supply between 70M-80M 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones by December 30  —  Next iPhone Will Offer Bigger Screens  —  Apple Tells Suppliers to Gear Up for 4.7-inch and 5.5-Inch Screen Sizes  —  Apple Inc. is preparing for its largest initial production run of iPhones …
Scott Burke / Yahoo:
Yahoo to Acquire Flurry to Strengthen Mobile Products  —  Over the past couple of years, Yahoo has been focused on re-imagining our users' daily habits, and mobile is at the center of everything we do.  Today, I'm excited to announce the next step in our vision, that we have reached …
Julia Angwin / ProPublica:
AddThis tests canvas fingerprinting, a cookie alternative for tracking, on thousands of sites  —  Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block  —  This story was co-published with Mashable.  —  A new, extremely persistent type of online tracking is shadowing visitors …
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.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Netflix ends Q2 with 50 million members, survives price hike without blemishes  —  Netflix ended the second quarter with a total of 50.05 million subscribers worldwide, up from 37.56 million in Q2 of 2013.  The company added 570,000 subscribers in the U.S. last quarter, compared to 630,000 in Q2 of 2013.
Zach Miners / PC World:
EFF's snoop-stopping, ad-smashing Privacy Badger plugin hits beta  —  The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital privacy rights group, has released a downloadable plugin for Chrome and Firefox designed to stop third parties from tracking people's Web browsing.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches Save, A Read-It-Later List For Links, Places, And Media Pages  —  Two years after acqhiring read-it-later startup Spool, Facebook today launched a basic Pocket competitor called Save.  It's a feature for iOS, Android, and web that lets you store links from News Feed …
Danilo Masoni / Reuters:
Italy gives Google 18 months to change data use practices  —  (Reuters) - Italy's data protection regulator has given Google 18 months to change the way it treats and stores user data, bringing to an end an investigation that is part of a European drive to reform the internet giant's privacy practices.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's $2 Billion Acquisition Of Oculus Closes, Now Official  —  Facebook now owns Oculus.  The $2 billion acquisition deal of the virtual reality pioneer announced in March has been approved by regulators and today become official.  The FCC's anti-trust team greenlighted the deal in April.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Aereo had 77,596 subscribers across 10 cities at the end of 2013  —  Here's How Many Subscribers Aereo Had Last Year  —  Aereo generated lots of attention from the media world in the run-up to its Supreme Court case this spring.  —  Consumers may have been less interested …

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