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August 1, 2014, 9:15 AM

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Kristen Schweizer / Bloomberg:
Vivendi Sells Its 13% Beats Stake to Apple for $404 Million  —  Vivendi SA (VIV) sold its stake in Beats Electronics LLC to Apple Inc. (AAPL) for $404 million as part of the iPhone maker's takeover of the headphone company.  —  The stake was about 13 percent, Paris-based Vivendi said today …
Deepa Seetharaman / Reuters:
Amazon quickens push into tough local services market  —  (Reuters) - Seattle audio and video technician Todd Mueller showed up last year for what might have been a routine job except for one thing: Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) was taking notes.  As he mounted a flat-screen TV on the wall …
eBay Inc.:
eBay employee demographics: globally, 42% female; in US, 61% white, 24% Asian, 7% black, 5% Hispanic  —  Building A Stronger, Better, More Diverse eBay  —  Commerce is global, and so is eBay Inc. Every day, our eBay and PayPal platforms serve tens of millions of merchants and consumers in virtually every country in the world.
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.
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.
Tom Bell / The Portland Press Herald:
Scrap the mystery: High-tech vision for Google barge crumbles in a heap  —  The barge has been sold and the four-story structure will be dismantled, along with Portland's hope for a new claim to fame.  —  Google's barge, with a four-story structure that raised curiosity from the time it arrived …
David Meyer / Gigaom:
Wunderlist becomes a platform, aiming to be “the home of all the world's lists”  —  Wunderlist 3 is a faster, slicker, more collaboration-friendly iteration of the popular productivity app.  But it's also the first step in a strategic shift for Berlin's 6Wunderkinder.  —  Wunderlist 3 is out.
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 …
RT:
Legislative restrictions on popular bloggers come into force in Russia  —  As of August 1 all blogs having 3,000 daily readers or more will have to follow many of the rules that exist in conventional mass media, such as tougher control on published information or the ban on use of explicit language.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …

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