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July 25, 2014, 10:10 AM

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Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Google X project to collect anonymous genetic and molecular info from thousands to aid in detecting diseases earlier  —  Google to Collect Data to Define Healthy Human  —  Baseline Study to Try to Create Picture From the Project's Findings  —  Google Inc. has embarked on what may be its most ambitious …
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 …
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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.
RT:
Russian Interior Ministry offers $111k to crack TOR network  —  Russia's Interior Ministry is offering $111k for a technological solution that would allow police officers to identify internet surfers who are using the TOR anonymizer network, which has been rapidly growing in popularity inside the country.
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 …
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 …
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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.
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.

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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:
Discover better ways to exceed customer expectations - Introducing Customer Surveys in Zoho CRM  —  Zoho Survey is now integrated with Zoho CRM.  If your CRM is the lifeline of your business …
SAY Media / SAY Daily:
The First Brands Doing Cool Things with Beacons  —  The technology for beacons has been lingering out there since the launch of iOS 7, but it's only now that people are starting to notice.
AdExchanger:
GRP 2.0: How To Defibrillate An Old Metric With Fresh Data  —  The gross rating point (GRP) has time - and money, in the form of TV budgets - on its side, but a slew of new entrants in TV-to-digital measurement could disrupt what was once a Nielsen-run show.
 

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