August 2, 2014, 10:40 AM

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Google Said to Plan Separating Photo Service From Google+  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) is planning to give its photo service more autonomy from its Google+ social network as the company looks to attract more users, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers will oversee iTunes Radio  —  With Apple-Beats Deal Complete, Ian Rogers To Run iTunes Radio  —  Now that Apple has officially swallowed Beats, Ian Rogers, the head of Beats' subscription-music service, will also oversee the iPhone-maker's iTunes Radio efforts, according to people familiar with the matter.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
As of today, Americans can legally unlock their phones again  —  It's finally happened: as of today, unlocking your cellphone to work on other networks will be legal again in the US.  The White House and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who helped pass legislation earlier this year …
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
HP study: 250 security flaws found in just 10 of the most popular smart home devices  —  The Internet of Things Is the Hackers' New Playground  —  Excited about the promise of the shiny new Internet of Things?  Good.  Because hackers are too.  Or at least they should be, according to a study by computing giant Hewlett-Packard.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft files contract dispute suit against Samsung, claiming the company stopped paying per-device patent royalties for its Android phones last year  —  Microsoft files Android patent-royalty suit against Samsung  —  Summary: Microsoft has filed a contract dispute suit against Samsung over Android patent-licensing royalties.
Andrew Flanagan / Billboard:
Source says no immediate layoffs at Beats, but a large number of positions could be eliminated in the next 3 to 12 months  —  Beats and Apple Dispute Reports of Layoffs  —  Apple and a source close to Beats are disputing the characterization in recent reports that a significant round …
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
US Judge's ruling in Microsoft email case will further erode trust in US tech companies abroad  —  How one judge single-handedly killed trust in the US technology industry  —  Summary: Well that's certainly a phrase one US judge can nail on the casket of her career.  —  Some people volunteer at shelters.
Liat Clark /
Facebook hit with international class action privacy suit … An Austrian privacy activist has launched a wide-reaching class action suit against Facebook Ireland for breaching European data protection law.  —  Anyone outside of the US and Canada can join activist and law student Max Schrems' suit via …
Michael McWhertor / Polygon:
Dong Nguyen releases “Flappy Birds Family” with two-player mode, exclusive to Amazon Fire TV  —  Flappy Bird is back, and now you can play with friends  —  The creator of Flappy Bird has made good on his promise to bring the incredibly popular mobile game back, this time with a two-player option.

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