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July 25, 2014, 11:15 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 …
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.
Ian Sherr / CNET:
Facebook's Oculus teaming with Samsung for mobile virtual reality push  —  The company is working with one of the world's largest smartphone makers in an effort to push VR beyond desktop computers and consoles.  —  The future of virtual reality may already be in your pocket.
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
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 …
Tracy Chou / Pinterest engineering blog:
Pinterest releases diversity report: global employees are 60% male, 50% Caucasian, 42% Asian  —  Diversity and Inclusion at Pinterest  —  Last October, I posed the question: “Where are the numbers?”.  It was a call to action for the tech industry to share metrics on diversity in the workplace.
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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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft delivers OneNote for Amazon Fire Phone, Kindle Fire tablets  —  Summary: Microsoft is making its OneNote note-taking app available for free for the Fire Phone and Kindle Fire tablets through Amazon's Appstore for Android.  —  On the heels of announcing Skype for Amazon's Fire Phone …
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.
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.

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