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July 22, 2014, 1:15 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.

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