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July 23, 2014, 12:25 PM

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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:
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …

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