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July 23, 2014, 8:40 AM

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Brad Molen / Engadget:
Amazon Fire phone review: a unique device, but you're better off waiting for the sequel  —  After producing a long line of e-book readers and tablets (not to mention a set-top box), Amazon has its sights set on the smartphone market.  But finding success here won't be easy, even for an established tech giant like Amazon.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's enterprise offerings continue to carry the day  —  Summary: Microsoft still is an enterprise-driven company, even if management wants to do its best to deny that fact.  Just look at its fourth quarter fiscal 2014 earnings for proof.  —  Microsoft execs continue to talk …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Microsoft mum on Xbox One sales; notes 1.1M ‘Xbox consoles’ shipped in past 3 months  —  Microsoft hasn't reported Xbox One sales statistics for quite some time, and that didn't change with today's quarterly earnings report.  The company noted that it sold 1.1 million Xbox consoles …
Gideon Lewis-Kraus / Wired:
The history of autocorrect, as explained by its creator Dean Hachamovitch, and its evolution  —  The Fasinatng ... Frustrating ... Fascinating History of Autocorrect  —  Invoke the word  —  autocorrect and most people will think immediately of its hiccups—the sort of hysterical …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Tim Cook Says Businesses Could Revive Slowing iPad Sales  —  Although iPad sales were below analyst projections for a second straight quarter, Apple CEO Tim Cook says that the tablet can continue to grow, particularly if Apple can increase sales to businesses.
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
Noelle Chun / The Official Motorola Blog:
Now You Can Unlock Your Moto X with a Digital Tattoo  —  A phone should be as unique as you are—not only in the design of your device, but how you use it.  Last year at the All Things D “D11” conference, Regina Dugan talked about new digital tattoo technology that would make it easier to unlock your phone.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Apple Faces Class-Action Lawsuit In California Over Alleged Labor Violations Affecting 20K Employees  —  While Apple today reported its quarterly earnings, another group seized the moment to push out another bit of Apple-related news.  The company is being sued in a class-action suit …
William Shatner:
William Shatner reviews Facebook Mentions, calls it “ill conceived”  —  Facebook Mentions Versus Facebook Pages Apps  —  I want to talk and compare an app that most of you don't have access to: Facebook Mentions and compare it to the Pages App that anyone who has a Facebook page can download and use.
Ben Woods / The Next Web:
Microsoft launches $114 Lumia 530 with 4-inch display.  Hits Europe next month  —  Microsoft has today announced a new member of its Lumia range in the form of the low-end Lumia 530, which will arrive from the start of next month in Europe.  —  Priced at €85 before taxes or local subsidies …
Dmitri Sarle / ArcticStartup:
Google Acquires Helsinki Based drawElements for 8 Figures  —  Yet another exit for the Nordics.  The normally slow summer is turning into a shopping spree by the big players as the Helsinki based drawElements is acquired by Google.  The exact amount behind the transaction is not disclosed …
More: Inquirer and Tech.euThanks:@dsarle
Nathan Donato-Weinstein / bizjournals:
Apple Campus 2 permits show $25M tunnel, $171M underground theater  —  Eight months after Apple Inc. received final approval from the city of Cupertino to build Apple Campus 2, construction on the Mac maker's new campus is generating the kind of interest usually reserved for a new iPhone launch.
Thanks:@svbiznate
Chris Morran / Consumerist:
Comcast Memo: Rep From “Painful” Retention Call Was Doing “What We Trained Him To Do”  —  A week after the posting of the neediest customer-retention call in Comcast history, the fallout continues, with the company's Chief Operating Officer telling Comcast employees in a memo leaked to Consumerist …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Sunrise Raises $6 Million From Balderton And Others To Build The Perfect Calendar  —  A year and a half after launching its first calendar app, Sunrise is raising a $6 million Series A round from Balderton Capital and existing investors — Bernard Liautaud is joining the board.
More: Sunrise and Venture CapitalTweets: @ccheever
Pavel Alpeyev / Bloomberg:
Ex-Goldman trader raises $1.6M for bitcoin exchange bitFlyer, looking to expand beyond Japan by year end  —  Ex-Goldman Trader's Bitcoin Exchange to Fill Mt. Gox Void  —  Yuzo Kano quit Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS:US) twice: once for a rival bank, the second time to open Japan's first bitcoin exchange since the collapse of Mt. Gox.
More: NEWSBTC and CoinDesk
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
To focus on services, Microsoft should split in two and make the Windows business a separate company  —  It's Time to Split Up Microsoft  —  To understand why so many serious Microsoft observers were encouraged by Satya Nadella's week-ago memo Bold Ambition and Our Core,1 it's useful …
More: Stowe BoydThanks:@pavanrajam
Chris Kanaracus / PC World:
Teradata acquires assets of Hadapt, Revelytix for big data  —  Teradata has bought the assets of Revelytix and Hadapt in a bid to grow out its capabilities for the Hadoop big-data processing framework.  —  Revelytix developed Loom, a metadata management system compatible with a number …

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