July 30, 2014, 2:10 PM

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Snapchat Said in Funding Talks With Alibaba at $10 Billion  —  Snapchat Inc., the company that makes a mobile application for disappearing photo messages, is in talks with investors including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (BABA) for a round of financing that may value the company at $10 billion, people with knowledge of the situation said.
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.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Hangouts Now Works Without Google+ Account, Becomes Part Of Google Apps For Business And Gets SLA  —  Say what you want about Google+, but it incubated two great products at Google: Hangouts for video meetings and Google+ Photos.  While Photos is still deeply integrated with the social network …
Mike Futter / Game Informer:
Sony: EA Access Doesn't ‘Represent Good Value To The PlayStation Gamer’  —  Following EA's announcement of the company's new subscription program, Access, we were curious about it being tied only to Xbox One.  We reached out to Sony for clarification, and it seems like PlayStation 4 owners shouldn't hold their breath for the program.
Ryan Knutson / Wall Street Journal:
Virgin Mobile intros customizable prepaid smartphone plans with options for unlimited data on certain services like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest  —  Sprint Will Sell a $12 Wireless Plan that Only Connects to Facebook or Twitter  —  For about $12, Sprint will soon let subscribers buy …
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 …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
FreedomPop's free data and voice are now available on tablets  —  Many people can't really justify buying a cellular-equipped tablet — why pay for more data when your phone probably does the trick?  FreedomPop is undoubtedly aware of that thriftiness, as it just started offering its namesake free service on tablets.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
‘Mario Kart 8’ fails to stem growing Nintendo losses  —  2.82 million copies sold, but most to existing Wii U owners  —  Nintendo made an operating loss of ¥9.47 billion ($92.7 million) in its first quarter of 2014, with the launch of Mario Kart 8 sparking a bump in Wii U hardware sales …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Pinterest Acquires Icebergs, The “Pinterest For Creatives”  —  Pinterest has acquired Icebergs, a “Pinterest for creative types,” which offered an online collaboration service that allowed users to organize their projects, including not only images, but also articles, files, videos, and other content, and share that content with others.
Brad Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft's general counsel on how the government wants the right to access emails stored abroad  —  We're Fighting the Feds Over Your Email  —  Governments want the right to see email stored anywhere in the world.  Microsoft says not so fast.  —  On Thursday Microsoft will oppose …
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 …
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 +

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