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July 23, 2014, 2:50 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
OS X Yosemite planned for late Oct. as Apple preps 4K desktop & 12-inch Retina MacBook  —  While iOS 8 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is set for a September launch, Apple is planning to bring its next-generation Mac software, OS X Yosemite, into the wild a month later, in October, according to several sources.
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) …
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple ‘tentatively’ plans mid-September iPhone event as iOS 8 nears completion  —  Apple is gearing up for its first major hardware and software launches of 2014.  The Cupertino-based company is “tentatively” planning a keynote address in mid-September to announce the iPhone 6 and provide final details …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
What ‘one Windows’ really means: one group developing all Windows variants on a common core, unified store and developer platform  —  What ‘one Windows’ really means (and doesn't)  —  Summary: Is Microsoft building a single version of Windows that will run on phones, tablets, PCs and gaming consoles?
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Preview of Foursquare 8.0, the redesigned exploration app that launches in a few weeks  —  The next age of Foursquare begins today  —  Foursquare needed a fresh start, so it created a brand new identity  —  In mid-May, Foursquare decided to split itself in two.
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 …
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.
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.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
New Boy of Benchmark: Rockmelt's Eric Vishria Talks About Becoming Fifth Partner at VC Powerhouse  —  The Boys of Benchmark — as I like to call the well-known venture capital firm, since they are four dudes — have added a fifth member, with Rockmelt co-founder Eric Vishria joining as a general partner.
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Jennifer Peltz / Associated Press:
Thieves bought StubHub tickets using credentials obtained in other breaches to compromise more than 1000 customer accounts  —  AP Source: Thieves Got Into 1K StubHub Accounts  —  A law enforcement official and online marketplace StubHub say cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 customers' accounts …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Apple documents previously undocumented services that can leak user data  —  Four days after a forensics expert warned that undocumented functions in iOS could leak personal user data, Apple has documented three services it says serve diagnostic purposes.  —  “iOS offers the following …
Fahmida Y. Rashid / Security Watch:
Nigerian Scammers Adopting More Sophisticated Attacks  —  Those Nigerian princes have new tricks up their sleeves.  —  Remember those 419 scams?  These were the often-poorly-written email messages purporting to be from a wealthy individual willing to pay lavishly for help transferring his or her wealth out of the country.
Jonathan Vanian / Gigaom:
Docker acquires Orchard Laboratories to beef up its tool collection  —  The cloud darling's purchase of the London-based two-man development shop is the company's first acquisition since changing its name from DotCloud to Docker.  —  Docker, the container management startup that's taken …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Sense sleep tracker uses two devices to analyze your room conditions and sleep patterns  —  Sense is a glowing sphere that watches over you while you sleep  —  This sleek sleep tracker analyzes your bedroom, and your sleep patterns  —  At age 19, Londoner James Proud decided to skip out on college and move to the States.
Sean Portnoy / ZDNet:
Intel launches SSD Pro 2500 family of hardware-based self-encrypting drives  —  Summary: The business-friendly solid-state-storage lineup comes in 2.5-inch and M.2 formats with capacities up to 480GB.  —  Rather than emphasize blazing-fast data-transfer speeds like the Solid-State Drive Data Center Family …
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 …

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