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July 25, 2014, 5:30 AM

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Amazon:
Amazon.com Announces Second Quarter Sales up 23% to $19.34 Billion  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2014.  —  Operating cash flow increased 18% to $5.33 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $4.53 billion …
Faryaab S. / SamMobile:
Exclusive: Samsung Gear VR setup walkthrough, First look at Gear VR Manager  —  A few weeks ago, we exclusively confirmed the existence of Samsung's upcoming virtual reality headset, the Gear VR, and revealed some new information about it and posted a render of the actual device.
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Google's $1B purchase of Twitch confirmed — joins YouTube for new video empire  —  Google has reached a deal to buy game livestreaming firm Twitch for $1 billion, according to sources familiar with the matter.  —  Citing unnamed sources, Variety said back in May that Google had made an all-cash offer …
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.
iFixit:
Amazon Fire Phone Teardown  —  Amazon has finally released its flagship phone, and we're ready.  It's teardown time.  We're going to burn this place to the ground with Amazon's new Fire Phone.  Step 1 — Amazon Fire Phone Teardown Before we jump out of the frying pan and into the Fire Phone …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
How Hackers Hid a Money-Mining Botnet in the Clouds of Amazon and Others  —  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 resources from innocent victims when there's …
More: The RegisterTweets: @pirateorg
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.
Stephan Doerner / Wall Street Journal:
Germany's Rocket Internet looking to raise up to $4.7B in IPO on Frankfurt Stock Exchange  —  Germany's Rocket Internet Eyes Possible Frankfurt IPO  —  Company Looking to Raise Up to $4.71 Billion, People Familiar With Matter Say  —  BERLIN—Rocket Internet AG, a German company …
Tweets: @pmarca and @jonrussell
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Comixology users can now download DRM-free backups of some comics  —  Maybe Amazon's purchase of Comixology isn't the worst thing to ever happen after all.  Comic book readers on iOS have been fuming over the loss of in-app purchases following the company's acquisition …
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Google has granted over 50% of “Right to be Forgotten” requests, over 100,000 links from 91,000 people  —  Google Grants Majority of ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Requests  —  Statistics Come as 91,000 People Request Removal of Some Search Results for Their Names
More: Reuters and Bloomberg
John Cook / GeekWire:
Redfin settles stock dispute ‘peaceably’ with founder and former CTO, in run-up to possible IPO  —  A bitter stock dispute between Redfin and two of the company's earliest employees has ended in a settlement agreement, terms of which are not being disclosed.

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Microsoft:
Microsoft to modernize Special Olympics, raise system to the cloud  —  “We're so excited.  This is going to change our world.” says Special Olympics Chief Executive Officer Janet Froetscher.
Zoho:
Announcing Zoho SalesIQ - Real-time sales intelligence platform with tight Zoho CRM integration.  —  You run an apparel store.  There's a visitor who walked in after seeing your weekly ad.
SAY Media / SAY Daily:
Don't Look Now: Here Come the Disappearing Message Apps  —  Get ready for a world of expiring photos and vanishing status updates.
AdExchanger:
LinkedIn Q3: Marketing Solutions Revenue Up 45% As Bizo Integration Continues  —  LinkedIn's revenue grew 45% YoY in Q3 to $568 million.  Its Marketing Solutions division also increased 45% YoY, totaling $109 million in revenue.
 

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