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July 28, 2014, 5:15 PM

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Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Apple to Buy Radio App Swell for $30 Million  —  Apple is close to buying the Pandora-for-talk-radio app Swell, according to multiple sources.  —  The deal is worth about $30 million, these sources say.  —  Swell had raised $7.2 million from investors including DFJ, Google Ventures and InterWest Partners.
Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:
Zillow to Acquire Trulia for $3.5 Billion  —  For much of the last nine years, Zillow and Trulia have competed in the online real estate listings market they helped create.  —  But after a speedy six-week courtship, the two are set to combine forces.  —  Zillow agreed on Monday to buy Trulia …
Mitchell Baker / The Mozilla Blog:
Interim Mozilla CEO Chris Beard appointed as permanent CEO  —  Chris Beard Named CEO of Mozilla  —  I am pleased to announce that Chris Beard has been appointed CEO of Mozilla Corp. The Mozilla board has reviewed many internal and external candidates - and no one we met was a better fit.
South China Morning Post:
Microsoft China placed under official investigation as offices in four cities raided  —  Government investigators have been sent to the company's offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu  —  The mainland's business authorities are investigating the offices of Microsoft Corp, the US technology giant has confirmed.
Craig Karmin / Wall Street Journal:
Most Hilton locations worldwide will let customers unlock rooms with their smartphones by 2017  —  Hilton Books Upgraded Technology  —  Hotel Guests Will Be Able to Use Smartphones as Keys or to Choose Rooms at Properties World-Wide  —  Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. is placing …
Builtvisible:
A history of the undersea cables that carry much of the world's international internet traffic  —  Messages in the Deep - The Remarkable Story of the Underwater Internet  —  In October of 1971, in the midst of the Cold War, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Halibut entered heavily guarded Russian waters in the Sea of Okhotsk.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft pits Siri against Cortana in new Windows Phone 8.1 ad  —  Microsoft is focusing on Apple's Siri digital assistant in one of the first Windows Phone 8.1 commercials.  It's another return to the Mac vs. PC war, as Microsoft choses to mock Siri in an effort to showcase Cortana for the first time.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Fitbit is the first fitness band to support Windows Phone  —  At the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year it was clear Microsoft had a problem: exciting new hardware like Pebble, Nest, and various fitness bands were not fully supported on Windows.  Companies appeared …
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Amazon Fire Phone Costs $205 To Build, Teardown Shows  —  The components used to assemble the Amazon Fire phone cost a combined $205, a teardown analysis by the research firm IHS shows.  —  In a report due to be released Tuesday and seen by Re/code, the research firm details the phone's internal components and their cost.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
OkCupid admits that it experiments on users, just like Facebook  —  Defending Facebook's experiments, OkCupid admits to some of its own  —  Facebook received a lot of backlash when news came out that it had manipulated users' news feeds in order to experiment on them, and today OkCupid …

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