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July 31, 2014, 2:05 PM

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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Security researchers say USB security is fundamentally broken; hard-to-detect malware in the firmware can take over Macs/PCs, no easy fix  —  Why the Security of USB Is Fundamentally Broken  —  Computer users pass around USB sticks like silicon business cards.
Wall Street Journal:
French telecom Iliad has made a $15 billion offer for T-Mobile US  —  France's Iliad Makes Bid for T-Mobile US  —  Bid Counters Earlier Offer From Sprint Corp.  —  French upstart telecommunications company Iliad SA has made an offer for T-Mobile US Inc., in a bold bid to counter an offer …
Chris Duckett / ZDNet:
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
iFixit's Oculus Rift teardown finds Samsung display, 40 LEDs  —  The repair-guide website uncovers a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 display inside the second-generation virtual-reality headset prototype.  —  Inside the Oculus Rift DK2 prototype.  —  iFixit  —  If you're one of the lucky few …
Dan Rayburn / StreamingMediaBlog.com:
Apple's CDN Now Live: Has Paid Deals With ISPs, Massive Capacity In Place  —  Since last year, Apple's been hard at work building out their own CDN and now those efforts are paying off.  Recently, Apple's CDN has gone live in the U.S. and Europe and the company is now delivering some of their own content, directly to consumers.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Shazam Brings Always-On Music and TV Recognition to Mac With Free Menu Bar App  —  Music recognition service Shazam, which was one of the early App Store hits and has continued to see good success on mobile platforms, is now bringing its services to the desktop in the form of the first music, TV show, and ad recognition app for Mac.
Parmy Olson / Forbes:
Xiaomi now world's fifth largest smartphone maker; Android captures record 85% market share in Q2  —  China's Xiaomi Becomes World's 5th Largest Smartphone Maker  —  Global smartphone sales are still growing, but the market's star performer in the last three months wasn't Apple or even Samsung.
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
C.I.A. Admits Penetrating Senate Intelligence Computers  —  WASHINGTON — An internal investigation by the Central Intelligence Agency has found that its officers improperly penetrated a computer network used by the Senate Intelligence Committee in preparing its report on the C.I.A.'s detention and interrogation program.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Internet.Org's App With Free Access To Facebook, Google, Wikipedia, Local Info Launches In Zambia  —  85% of the 5 billion people without Internet simply can't afford data plans.  So Facebook's accessibility initiative Internet.org today launches its Android and web app for the developing world …
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
PlayStation Now game streaming service hits open beta today on PS4 in the US and Canada  —  Sony is launching a public beta for its PlayStation Now video game streaming initiative in the US and Canada today (July 31).  —  For now, the service will be available exclusively on the PlayStation 4 …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Lytro Illum review: an expensive, flawed, buggy glimpse of the future of photography  —  Lytro Illum review: this is the camera of the future  —  It's almost time to forget everything you ever knew about photography  —  Ten minutes into using the Lytro Illum, I'm throwing out everything I've ever learned about photography.
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Google Will Add Ratings to Search-Results Ads So They Look More Like Amazon  —  Google is prodding merchants to provide more information to make its search results more effective-and more like Amazon.  The question is whether merchants will play ball.  —  In a blog post Tuesday …
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Timeful, The Khosla And Kleiner Backed Time Management App, Launches On iOS  —  For months now, there's been a stealthy buzz around a startup called Timeful.  Attracting a nearly $7 million pre-launch Series A round from the likes of Khosla Ventures, Data Collective, and Kleiner Perkins certainly seemed …
Erin Griffith / Fortune:
Palantir snaps up Propeller — its second deal this week  —  Until this week, Palantir Technologies, a Palo Alto-based data analytics company, wasnt much of an acquirer.  Despite having raised $896 million in venture capital, at a $9 billion valuation, and generating more than $500 million in revenue …
Liam Tung / ZDNet:
IBM snaps up Italian cloud security vendor CrossIdeas  —  Summary: IBM is adding more troops for its assault on the enterprise security market - this time with an Italian vendor giving it tools to handle segregation of duties.  —  Liam Tung  —  IBM has acquired CrossIdeas …
Sophie Knight / Reuters:
Sony warns smartphone weakness will brake profit progress after first-quarter surge  —  (Reuters) - Japan's Sony Corp warned it doesn't now expect to make money on smartphones this year, citing weak demand, as the consumer electronics maker said restructuring will still help it turn a profit on its TVs after 10 years of losses.

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