July 29, 2014, 4:40 AM

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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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Uber Gets Down To Business With New Travel Expense Tools And Concur Integration  —  On-demand ride-hailing service Uber has spent four years building a perfect transportation alternative to taxis and black car services in cities around the world.  But until today it's just been focused on consumer travel.
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 …
Kif Leswing / Gigaom:
TouchPico lets you project an Android screen onto any wall, control it with a stylus  —  Here's a novel way to control Android on a projector  —  A new Indiegogo is selling a Android-equipped pico projector which integrates an infrared pen to approximate a touch interface.
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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 …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
AT&T, Verizon offer HBO with basic cable and internet for $40-50; still no cable-free option  —  Why HBO and Pay TV Still Aren't Getting Divorced  —  Reminder: You still can't get HBO without paying for other TV channels, too.  —  But you can still get a cheapish package that includes HBO …
Quentyn Kennemer / Phandroid:
LG launches new Android tablet/netbook hybrid with 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD and an Intel Core i5  —  Add one more to the list of ridiculous Android tablets.  LG has revealed a variant of their Tab Book, a netbook/tablet hybrid that folds down into a tablet while you're on the go and slides …
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.

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