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July 24, 2014, 5:10 PM

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Facebook and Uber Discuss Integration of Car Service Into Messenger  —  Mark Zuckerberg must be looking to Asia for inspiration for the kind of platform Facebook Messenger could become.  —  Here's one idea: An integration with popular car-hailing service Uber that would be beneficial to both companies and, presumably, their users.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Pandora Q2 Tops Expectations Slightly With $218.9M In Revenue, But Its Stock Is Falling  —  Pandora came in barely ahead of analyst estimates in its just-released second quarter earnings report.  —  The streaming music company reported revenue of $218.9 million (up 38 percent on a non-GAAP basis) …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Instagram's “Bolt” Leak Could Be A New Facebook App Or An App Install Ad Test  —  Some Instagram users are reporting having briefly seen a banner advertisement within the Instagram application which pointed to a new app called “Bolt,” described as a “one tap photo messaging” app.
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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Launches Mobile Site, Teases More Expansions  —  One of The Pirate Bay's strengths has been its resilience.  No matter how hard the movie and music industries try, the site remains operational.  —  Over the years the Pirate Bay site has undergone many changes to make it harder to shut down.
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 …
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
HP Makes $50 Million Strategic Investment in Hortonworks  —  To the steadily growing list of big companies making strategic investments in the open source big data platform known as Hadoop, you can now add computing giant Hewlett-Packard.  —  Re/code has learned that HP today will announce …
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.
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Wikipedia blocks anonymous edits (and trolling) from a congressional IP address  —  A Wikipedia administrator has blocked anonymous edits from a congressional IP address for 10 days because of “disruptive” edits being made by someone located in the House of Representatives, a spokesman for the Wikimedia Foundation confirmed.

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