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July 21, 2014, 11:00 PM

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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 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.
Wall Street Journal:
Apple asks manufacturers to supply between 70M-80M 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones by Dec. 30  —  Apple Orders Massive Number of Bigger iPhones  —  Apple is preparing for its largest initial production run of iPhones this year, betting that 4.7- and 5.5-inch screens will lure consumers …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Greg Brockman / Stripe Blog:
Stripe CTO explains how a Bitcoin-based global payments network could improve the existing financial system  —  Bitcoin: the Stripe perspective  —  Many people have remarked that Bitcoin resembles the internet in the early 90s: we haven't yet built the Googles that will make it accessible …
More: TechCrunch and CoinDeskTweets: @polemitis
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 …
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.
Paul Ford / Medium:
Why do programmers keep making tools like email clients and todo list apps?  —  Doomed to Repeat It  —  Learning from the things we make over and over … There's always some big deal in email—in 2013 it was Mailbox, an app that made it easy to sort and process email.
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.
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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