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July 24, 2014, 2:10 PM

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Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Joshua Topolsky, editor in chief of The Verge, joins Bloomberg as editor of a series of new online ventures, will be replaced by Nilay Patel  —  Josh Topolsky of The Verge Is Joining Bloomberg  —  Josh Topolsky, the co-founder of the technology website The Verge, will join Bloomberg …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
How Hackers Hid a Money-Mining Botnet in Amazon's Cloud  —  Hackers have long used malware to enslave armies of unwitting PCs, but security researchers Rob Ragan and Oscar Salazar had a different thought: Why steal computing power from innocent victims when there's so much free processing power out there for the taking?
Tracey Lien / Polygon:
Sony agrees to $15M settlement in 2011 data breach class action  —  Sony today agreed to a $15 million preliminary settlement in a class action lawsuit over its 2011 data breach, which led to the theft of names, addresses and possibly credit card data belonging to 77 million user accounts.
Timothy J. Seppala / Engadget:
Google Voice offers web-based calls through Hangouts, no G+ profile needed  —  The rumor is that eventually we're going to see Google Voice merged completely into Hangouts, and that's getting even closer to becoming reality.  You can now make phone calls via Hangouts directly from the Google Voice website, no Google+ necessary.
Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal:
Digital Whiteboard Trello Spins Out of Fog Creek With $10.3M  —  For the second time, Fog Creek Software Inc. has spun out a company—Trello Inc., an internal project management tool that became so popular, according to the founders, it needed to exist on its own.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
The new $350 Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is now shipping  —  We were expecting to see the new iteration of the Oculus Rift arrive on developer's doorsteps earlier this month, but unfortunately it hit a couple of delays.  Road to VR points out a Reddit thread where pre-orderers confirmed …
Exodus Intelligence:
Security firm finds de-anonymizing zero-day vulnerability in Tails OS popularized by Snowden  —  Silver Bullets and Fairy Tails  —  Introduction  —  This week we made mention on Twitter of a zero-day vulnerability we've unearthed that affects the popular Tails operating system.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Chromecast has been used 400M times to ‘cast’ sessions to TVs since it launched a year ago  —  Chromecast turns one: why this small streaming stick became such a big deal  —  A year after launch, Chromecast streaming sticks have been used 400 million times to cast media to TVs.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases OS X Yosemite Public Beta  —  Apple has started sending out OS X Yosemite builds for Beta Program, as announced yesterday.  The build is being sent out to a million Beta Program members.  Participants can get a redemption code from the site, to redeem in the Mac App Store.
More: MacRumors and SlashGear
Mark Hearn / 9to5Google:
Google switching Chrome to its homemade BoringSSL to make its browser safer  —  Google has exhausted a lot of resources patching up OpenSSL, so much in fact, the company has elected to create its own fork aptly named BoringSSL.  Preparing to move the platform to Chrome …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
LG Shipped 14.5 Million Smartphones in Q2, up 20 Percent, As Phone Business Turned a Profit  —  Korea's LG Electronics said on Wednesday that its mobile unit turned profitable in the second quarter as the company shipped a record 14.5 million smartphones, up 20 percent year-over-year.
Bloomberg:
Zillow Said to Be Seeking to Buy Rival Real-Estate Site Trulia  —  Zillow Inc. is seeking to acquire rival Trulia Inc., people with knowledge of the matter said, in a move to combine the two most-visited U.S. real estate websites.  —  Zillow could value Trulia at as much as $2 billion in a purchase …
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
European Central Bank suffers security breach, personal data stolen  —  Summary: The European Central Bank's website has been hacked and personal information has been stolen by a cybercriminal.  —  The European Central Bank (ECB) admitted Thursday that a security breach has led to the theft of personal data.
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Google Maps challenges Foursquare with new Explore feature on Android and iOS  —  Google announced today the addition of an Explore Nearby button for Google Maps on iOS and Android.  The featuring is rolling out “starting this week.”  —  The new feature expands the Google Maps as more than just your go-to app for directions.

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How technology (and people) are helping to sustain the black rhino  —  Watch: Dr. Friedrich Reinhard owns a wildlife reserve in Namibia, and for 30 years has been working with the government to stabilize …
Avangate:
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HP:
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