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July 23, 2014, 10:50 AM

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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.
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.
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
Microsoft to merge three versions of Windows into one converged OS for all screen sizes  —  Satya Nadella Just Made The Single Best (And Most Obvious) Decision For Microsoft Windows  —  Satya Nadella just confirmed that the company was going to merge all of its major versions of Windows into one huge Windows platform.
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 …
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
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 …
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …

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