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July 29, 2014, 1:15 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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple TV updated with FOX NOW, CNBC channels  —  Apple has rolled out some new channel additions to the Apple TV set-top box this morning.  Both FOX NOW and CNBC have joined the Apple TV lineup.  Both channels appear to require a cable subscription to unlock the content within.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Asana's productivity platform gets a native mobile app, redesigned and optimized for iPhone and iPad  —  Productivity platform Asana is unveiling a brand new native iOS app today, rebuilt and redesigned from the ground up.  And yes, it's optimized for iPads too.
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 …
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.
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.

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