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July 29, 2014, 4:00 PM

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Certificate verification flaw in Android since 2.1 granted malicious apps special access to resources, potentially exposing sensitive user data  —  Android crypto blunder exposes users to highly privileged malware  —  A slide from next week's Black Hat talk titled Android Fake ID vulnerability.
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.
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.
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 …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Former Diapers.com CEO Marc Lore gets $55 million investment for e-commerce startup Jet  —  CEO Who Sold Diapers.com to Amazon Raises $55 Million to Challenge Amazon Again  —  If you can't beat 'em, try, try again.  —  That's the playbook being followed by Marc Lore …
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.
Karissa Bell / Mashable:
LinkedIn Redesigns Mobile Profiles to Put Relationships Into Context  —  LinkedIn's flagship app has gotten a major overhaul.  —  The company rolled out an update to its app Tuesday morning, unveiling completely redesigned user profiles that focus on adding contextual information.
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.
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.
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Flickr Rolls Out A New Commercial Licensing Program To Compete With 500px And Others  —  Yahoo-owned photo-sharing and storage site Flickr announced this morning the rollout of a new licensing program aimed at the service's members who are looking to have their work discovered …
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 …

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