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July 22, 2014, 8:05 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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Source: Yahoo is paying $200M-$300M for Flurry  —  Yahoo Buys Mobile Analytics Firm Flurry For North Of $200M  —  Yahoo has made no secret of its ambitions and advances in mobile, earlier this month reporting 450 million monthly active users and search and display mobile ad revenues growing 100%.
Julia Angwin / ProPublica:
AddThis tests canvas fingerprinting, a powerful cookie alternative for online 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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Leaked ‘Windows 9’ screenshots offer a closer look at the new Start Menu  —  An early look at Microsoft's next version of Windows  —  Microsoft provided an early look at its new Start Menu for a future version of Windows earlier this year, but freshly leaked screenshots are offering …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 8 beta 4 includes new Tips app with quick feature tutorials (Gallery)  —  iOS 8 beta 4 brings a new app to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch called Tips.  The application, as the name implies, provides quick tips and tutorials about iOS features.  The app will be updated on a regular basis with new ways to use iOS device features.
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Profile of Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel and chief official on public policy matters  —  Microsoft's Top Lawyer Is the Tech World's Envoy  —  REDMOND, Wash. — Bradford L. Smith, Microsoft's general counsel, was in Berlin meeting with government officials this spring when a case kept popping up unexpectedly.
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.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Explaining Continuity: The tech tying iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite together  —  Continuity changes how your iPhones, iPads, and Macs interact with one another.  Let's look at the technology underneath all these features.  —  Apple  —  Apple wants you to buy Apple devices.
Timothy Stenovec / The Huffington Post:
Netflix Is Going To Start Selling Gift Cards In Stores  —  You may soon be able to get a Netflix subscription at your neighborhood grocery store.  —  The streaming video service announced in a letter to investors Monday that it's going to start selling physical gift cards in “select stores” …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Verizon Offers Customers Rewards in Return for Ad Targeting Data  —  New research shows that consumers will set aside nervousness about being tracked if they get something out of it, like coupons or special offers.  At least one company, Verizon Wireless, is doing exactly that.
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
In China, more people now access the internet from a mobile device than a PC  —  China has been going through an explosive internet adoption period, with mobile playing a key role in getting people online.  —  And now, the latest report published by state-affiliated research organization …

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