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July 26, 2014, 5:40 PM

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TechCrunch:
Apple Secretly Acquired “Pandora For Books” Startup BookLamp To Battle Amazon  —  TechCrunch has learned that Apple has made another acquisition, one that it is using to boost its e-books effort and “beat Amazon at its own game.”  It has bought BookLamp, a startup based out of Boise, Idaho …
Michael Crider / Android Police:
Leaked Photos Of A Motorola Pre-Production Device: This May Be The Moto X+1  —  We've been hearing rumors and seeing at least some evidence of a new Motorola flagship for the past few months.  The Moto X was released in August of last year, which makes it just about time for a refresh in the current yearly phone cycle.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon Rolls Out A YouTube-Like “Video Shorts” Section On Instant Video  —  Amazon's Instant Video service has traditionally been thought of as both a rival to iTunes and Netflix, in terms of offering movies and TV shows for rent, purchase or for free streaming via the company's Amazon Prime membership program.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Why Doesn't Facebook Want to Brag About Its Billion-Dollar App Ad Business?  —  Did you think that Facebook's amazing mobile ad story — mobile was a big, troublesome zero two years ago, and 62 percent of the company's ad revenue yesterday — was fueled by app install ads?
Associated Press:
Social networks Bubblews and Bonzo Me pay users for posts that attract traffic and advertisers  —  Get paid for posts?  Social networking's new twist  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared -except the money those posts produce.
Andrew Chung / Reuters:
Bose sues Beats over headphone noise-cancellation patents  —  (Reuters) - High-end sound system and headphone maker Bose Corp is going after the newer kid on the block, Beats Electronics, with a lawsuit accusing Beats of infringing several patents related to noise-cancellation technology.
Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
Verizon will start restricting LTE speeds for its heaviest unlimited-plan customers  —  Verizon's 4G networks soon will start favoring customers who pay for mobile data by the gigabyte over customers who draw deeply from Verizon's unlimited plans.  —  Verizon Wireless has been trying to coax …
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
House votes to allow cellphone ‘unlocking’  —  The House on Friday passed legislation allowing people to “unlock” their cellphones and switch from one carrier to another, sending the bill to the president's desk.  —  The bill won unanimous support in the lower chamber and has been widely backed …

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