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July 25, 2014, 12:50 PM

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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 …
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 …
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Fire smartphone now available at AT&T  —  Amazon's Fire Phone Hits Stores, Minus the Fanfare  —  Amazon on Friday is embarking on its grandest attempt yet to keep customers buying more from its namesake site.  —  The company will begin selling its new Fire smartphone at AT&T stores without …
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
Paige Thelen / Lyft Blog:
Lyft to launch 7pm tonight in NYC, drivers will need taxi commission licenses, company “will pause operations” in Buffalo and Rochester by August 1st  —  Lyft Launches in NYC  —  Tonight, after making positive progress with local and state leaders, Lyft will launch in all five boroughs of New York City.
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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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.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft moves Yammer under Office 365; Co-founder David Sacks is out  —  Summary: Microsoft is fine-tuning further its Office businesses and is moving Yammer under Office 365.  Yammer Co-founder David Sacks is leaving Microsoft.  —  Ever since Microsoft bought enterprise social-networking vendor Yammer …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sources: Google signed a deal to buy Twitch for $1B  —  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.
Reed Albergotti / Wall Street Journal:
SEC Drops Probe Into Facebook for Pre-IPO Disclosures  —  Facebook on Thursday said the Securities and Exchange Commission dropped its probe into the company over disclosures about advertising revenue ahead of its May 2012 initial public offering.  —  The SEC had been investigating whether …
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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