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July 29, 2014, 12:20 PM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Forces Users Worldwide To Download Messenger For Mobile Chat  —  Over the next few days, Facebook will stop allowing messaging in its main iPhone and Android apps, and force all their users around the world to download its standalone Messenger app.  Facebook first started forcing users …
Richard Padilla / MacRumors:
Apple Launches Retina MacBook Pros with Faster Haswell Processors, More RAM Standard  —  As indicated over the weekend and yesterday, Apple today launched refreshed 13-inch and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros.The new notebooks feature faster versions of Intel's Haswell processors …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Flipkart raises $1 billion to strengthen its bid to own India's e-commerce space  —  It's turning into quite a year for Flipkart.  Today the e-commerce company from India has confirmed the much-reported rumor that it has raised $1 billion in fresh investment, as it eyes new verticals …
Andy / TorrentFreak:
UK police start placing anti-piracy warning ads on copyright-infringing websites  —  Police Begin Placing Warning Adverts on ‘Pirate’ Sites  —  For a year, City of London Police have been working with the music and movie industries on initiatives to cut down on the consumption of pirated content online.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Android crypto blunder exposes users to highly privileged malware  —  A slide from next week's Black Hat talk titled Android Fake ID vulnerability.  —  Bluebox Security  —  The majority of devices running Google's Android operating system are susceptible to hacks that allow malicious apps …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft is about to launch a selfie phone and a new ‘high-end’ Windows Phone  —  Microsoft is planning to launch two new Windows Phone 8.1 devices shortly.  Sources familiar with the company's plans tell The Verge that Microsoft devices chief Stephen Elop revealed both handsets during an internal company meeting this week.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Hackers Plundered Israeli Defense Firms that Built ‘Iron Dome’ Missile Defense System  —  Three Israeli defense contractors responsible for building the “Iron Dome” missile shield currently protecting Israel from a barrage of rocket attacks were compromised by hackers and robbed of huge quantities …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
BlackBerry acquires mobile security firm SecuSmart, an anti-eavesdropping provider  —  BlackBerry acquires Secusmart, ups voice security ante  —  Summary: BlackBerry's acquisition of German software firm Secusmart is aimed at securing voice and data and putting better mobile security in every president and chancellor's hand.
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
This Is What Tech's Ugly Gender Problem Really Looks Like  —  Shortly after Kathryn Tucker started Red Rover, an app that showcases local events for kids, she pitched the idea to an angel investor at a New York tech event.  But it didn't go over well.  When she finished her pitch, the investor said he didn't invest in women.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Windows comes to Raspberry Pi-style board in Microsoft/Intel project  —  Sharks Cove.  —  Microsoft  —  Even Microsoft wants a piece of the development board market made famous by Arduino and Raspberry Pi.  —  Microsoft has teamed up with Intel and hardware maker CircuitCo to design the $300 …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Twitter Won't Unveil New Growth Metrics for Q2 Earnings  —  Twitter reports its Q2 earnings tomorrow afternoon, which means investors will be judging whether Dick Costolo has fixed his growth problem.  —  One thing they won't see or hear about, though, will be a new set of metrics from Twitter describing the company's reach scale.
Doina Chiacu / Reuters:
U.S. Senate bill proposes sweeping curbs on NSA surveillance  —  (Reuters) - Senator Patrick Leahy will introduce legislation on Tuesday to ban the U.S. government's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records and Internet data and narrow how much information it can seek in any particular search.
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Enterprise Investments Surge To Over $5.4 Billion  —  After years of backing headline-grabbing consumer internet deals, it seems that venture capitalists are paying more attention (and more money) to the seemingly staid and stodgy enterprise technology companies (the businesses that sell technology to make businesses work better).
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John Cook / GeekWire:
Rhapsody tops 2 million paid subscribers, expands music service overseas with mobile deals  —  Rhapsody — one of the pioneers in the online music arena — said today that it has topped two million paying subscribers for its Rhapsody and Napster music services.
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Medium finds a revenue stream with Re:form, a new collection of stories sponsored by BMW  —  Medium launched its first sponsored “collection,” a term used to describe one of its curated sections or publications, with BMW on its renowned blogging platform today.

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Microsoft:
Windows 10 Technical Preview now available  —  Microsoft introduces the Windows Insider Program and Technical Preview, designed to generate feedback from participants who want to engage in the development of Microsoft's next-generation operating system.
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