July 30, 2014, 10:05 AM

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Joe Belfiore / Windows Phone Blog:
Windows Phone 8.1 Update expands Cortana to new countries, adds “Live” folders on start screen, and more  —  Windows Phone 8.1 Update brings Cortana to new markets + new features  —  Back in April, you heard me talk about how we believe Windows Phone 8.1 is the world's …
Derrick Harris / Gigaom:
Twitter acquires deep learning startup Madbits  —  Twitter has acquired Madbits, a deep-learning-based computer vision startup founded by proteges of Facebook AI director Yann LeCun.  It's the latest in a spate of deep learning and computer vision acquisitions that also includes Google, Yahoo, Dropbox and Pinterest.
Andy Fixmer / Mashable:
Netflix Signs Peering Deal With AT&T to Reduce Buffering  —  This story has been updated to include a statement from AT&T confirming the peering deal.  —  Netflix has reached an agreement with AT&T to give its streaming service direct access to AT&T's network, with the goal of reducing buffering …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Q&A WITH TWITTER CEO DICK COSTOLO: Why Twitter Was Able To Blow Away Expectations This Quarter  —  Twitter delivered its first boffo earnings report as a public company for the second quarter.  —  It crushed expectations on revenue, EPS, and most importantly, monthly active users.
Tweets: @bijan
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram launches Bolt, its one-touch photo and video messaging app, in Singapore, South Africa, and New Zealand  —  Instagram Launches One-Touch Photo And Video Messaging App Bolt Outside The US  —  Instagram is taking on Snapchat by turning your best friends' faces into the shutter button …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Is Shutting Down Gifts To Focus On Its Buy Button And Commerce Platform  —  Facebook wants to help other businesses sell things, so it's done selling its own.  Facebook Gifts will shut down on August 12th and stop selling gift cards for businesses like Starbucks and iTunes.
Ford switching 3,300 workers from BlackBerry to iPhone this year  —  Ford Switching Employees to IPhones From BlackBerries  —  Ford Motor Co. (F) is deploying iPhones for corporate use to employees worldwide, scoring a win for Apple Inc. (AAPL) as it seeks to lure more corporate customers.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple's Smartphone Market Share Slips as Huawei, Lenovo Make Gains  —  Apple's growth in the overall worldwide smartphone market continues to slow as it loses ground to smaller Chinese vendors releasing more affordable devices, even as the smartphone market itself grows substantially.
Eric Jackson / Forbes:
After several costly errors by CEO Marissa Mayer, Yahoo could use another activist investor  —  How Do You Solve A Problem Like Marissa?  —  [Disclosure: Author was long YHOO at time of writing.]  —  There's been a sharp response to the post I wrote last Wednesday in Forbes outlining …
Tweets: @mdudas and @forbesThanks:@techtipster1
Shane Harris / Foreign Policy:
Ex-NSA head Keith Alexander says his new company IronNet Cybersecurity invented unique technology to detect hackers, will file at least nine patents  —  The NSA's Cyber-King Goes Corporate  —  Here's why Keith Alexander thinks he's worth a million dollars a month.  —  GOOGLE +
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Microsoft's OneNote for Mac and iOS apps now let you insert Office docs, reorganize notes, and more  —  Microsoft wants everyone to use its productivity software, regardless of the hardware or operating system they use most frequently.  Today it's catering to Apple enthusiasts …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Sprint stems customer bleeding in return to Q1 profit  —  Sprint's core wireless brand and prepaid service continued to lose customers as a result of its network upgrade.  —  Sprint CEO Dan Hesse speaking at an event in Chicago in June.  —  Sprint returned to a profit in the fiscal first quarter …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Palantir Acquires Social Polling Startup Poptip  —  Poptip, a startup that helps companies conduct social media surveys and analyze online conversations, just announced that its team will be joining Palantir Technologies starting on August 1.  —  A Palantir spokesperson confirmed the acquisition but declined to comment further.

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