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July 22, 2014, 2:55 PM

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Richard Lai / Engadget:
Xiaomi's latest phone gets a steel frame, IR blaster and top specs for just $320  —  Having sold 26.11 million phones in the first half of this year, the beast from the East that is Xiaomi is back again with a new flagship Android phone: the MI4.  For the first time ever …
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple granted comprehensive ‘iTime’ smartwatch patent with in-strap circuitry, arm gesture support  —  In one of the clearest signs that Apple is — and has been — working on a smartwatch device, the Cupertino company was on Tuesday granted a patent for a wrist-worn wearable …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon Quietly Launches Its Consumer-Facing Mobile Wallet App, Amazon Wallet  —  Amazon's first attempt at its own mobile wallet application, designed for use at the point-of-sale, has made a quiet debut on the Amazon Appstore and on Google Play.  However, the current implementation of the new …
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 …
Hillary Reinsberg / BuzzFeed:
One of the most-viewed YouTube channels worldwide is a woman unboxing toys for toddlers  —  YouTube's Biggest Star Is An Unknown Toy-Reviewing Toddler Whisperer  —  Is it possible an unknown, one-woman toy-reviewing YouTuber called “Disney Collector” is making more money than most CEOs?
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TechCrunch:
Nvidia's Shield Tablet And Shield Controller Look To Offer No-Compromise Mobile Gaming  —  The Nvidia Shield was a first attempt by graphics chip- and card-maker Nvidia, but it gave the company a taste for building gadgets that wouldn't go away, so now they're back with the Shield Tablet …
Rene Ritchie / iMore:
Apple reaffirms it has never worked with any government agency to create a backdoor in any product or service  —  On July 18, Jonathan Zdziarski, a former iOS jailbreaker and current iOS forensic scientist and law enforcement consultant, gave a talk at the HOPE X conference in New York City.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Timehop, The App That Works As A Digital Time Capsule, Raises $10M Led By Shasta Ventures  —  Timehop, the app that serves as a personal “today in history” memo by surfacing your social networking photos and posts from a year ago or more, has raised $10 million in new funding.
More: Re/code and VentureBeat
Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:
Application performance management company AppDynamics raises $120M at $1B valuation, plans eventual IPO  —  AppDynamics Raises $120M, Valued at $1 Billion for Corporate Software  —  AppDynamics Inc., whose software monitors how applications are performing in order to help companies avoid bottlenecks …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Analysts' estimates for Apple's Q3: revenues up 8.5% year over year, earnings up 18%  —  Spreadsheet of the day: Final estimates for Apple's fiscal Q3  —  With the world's most valuable company — and the hedge funds' favorite — set to report earnings after the markets close today, the eyes of Wall Street are once again on Apple.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft appoints former Best Buy exec to head its Consumer Channels Group  —  Summary: Microsoft has brought in a former Best Buy exec to head its Consumer Channels Group, which handles sales and marketing relationships with OEMs, operators and retail partners.
More: WinBeta and Neowin
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Verizon tops Q2 expectations as tablet demand drives growth  —  The company added 1.15 million new tablets in the period, offsetting a slowdown in smartphone growth.  —  Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam.  —  Verizon's customer growth bounced back in the second quarter, thanks to a pickup in tablet and smartphone demand in the period.
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 …

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