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July 23, 2014, 10:30 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.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Preview: A closer look at OS X Yosemite, just in time for the public beta  —  The first public OS X beta in over a decade brings quite a few changes with it.  —  It's not difficult to get your hands on pre-release Apple software.  For a mere $198 a year ($99 each for OS X and iOS) …
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Apple to release first public beta of OS X Yosemite on Thursday  —  Apple users, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite comes your way Thursday  —  Apple is set to release the beta version of its new Mac operating system to the public.  —  Apple unveiled Mac OS X Yosemite in June at its Worldwide Developer Conference.
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 …
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
Gideon Lewis-Kraus / Wired:
Creator of autocorrect Dean Hachamovitch, and others at Microsoft, discuss its history and 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 …
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.
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: 9to5Google, Inquirer, Mashable and Tech.euThanks:@dsarle
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
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.
Andrew Nusca / Fortune:
How Code2040 fellowship programs connect blacks and hispanics with Silicon Valley tech firms  —  In tech, some minorities are too minor.  This group wants to change that.  —  Before Randi Williams spent last summer in San Francisco, the 19-year-old computer-engineering student from Maryland …
Tweets: @jguynn and @hunterwalk
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Will Acquire Business Marketing Company Bizo For $175M  —  LinkedIn just announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Bizo, a company that helps advertisers reach businesses and professionals.  —  LinkedIn says the deal is worth around $175 million — 90 percent cash and 10 percent stock.
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 …
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube Music's Head Quits, a Setback to Paid Service  —  The head of YouTube's effort to launch a music subscription service is leaving, marking yet another hurdle for the long-delayed project.  —  Chris LaRosa, YouTube's product manager in charge of music, will be leaving Google this Friday to join a startup.
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
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
For Its First Google Glass Effort, EBay Adapts Its RedLaser Product Finder App  —  Back in March 2013, eBay said it would start to work on applications for Google Glass — the idea being that the Android-powered, head-mounted computer could help consumers shop for things online and in the real world …
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 …
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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