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July 31, 2014, 11:10 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.
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.
Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
NY judge, ruling against Microsoft, says US warrant can access email stored in Ireland  —  NEW YORK — A judge has ruled against Microsoft Corp., saying U.S. law enforcement can force the company to turn over emails it stores in Ireland.  —  Loretta Preska, a federal judge in New York …
Lizette Chapman / Wall Street Journal:
Alibaba Invests $120M in Mobile Gaming Co. Kabam at Valuation More Than $1 Billion … Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is backing another California startup, announcing a $120 million strategic investment in gaming company Kabam Inc. and a partnership to publish and distribute its free-to-play mobile games.
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 …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Microsoft releases Office for iPad update with PDF exporting, presenter view, third party fonts, more  —  Earlier this week Microsoft introduced an updated version of its OneNote app for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and today new versions of its Office for iPad suite have been released.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple Stores to finally begin iPhone 5s display replacements on August 4th  —  Apple will finally begin offering iPhone 5s screen replacements in its official U.S. and Canada retail stores in the coming days, according to several sources.  Apple Store Genius Bars are said to have begun taking delivery …
Brad Molen / Engadget:
With Qi wireless charging, you'll soon be able to charge your device from a short distance  —  It's becoming more and more common to find mobile devices with wireless charging capability, either as a built-in feature or integrated into third-party cases.  Progress has been somewhat hampered …
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.
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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Slingshot introduces ‘reactions-to-reactions’, for photo, video, or text replies to reactions  —  Facebook Slingshot's First Update Makes It Conversational With Reactions To Reactions  —  Facebook's standalone photosharing app Slingshot is sidestepping its core …
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
IE 11 on Windows Phone will soon support non-standard web features akin to iOS and Android  —  Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1: Internet Explorer  —  Can Microsoft fix IE Mobile?  —  Microsoft this week is detailing “hundreds” of changes that it is making to Internet Explorer Mobile …
Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:
Poorly Managed HealthCare.gov Construction Cost $840 Million, Watchdog Finds  —  Government Accountability Office Says Risks Remain Without Improved Oversight at Health Agency  —  The federal agency in charge of building the HealthCare.gov insurance website suffered from poor management …
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 …

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