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August 1, 2014, 11:00 PM

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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.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Bloomberg:
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.
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft files Android patent-royalty suit against Samsung  —  Summary: Microsoft has filed a contract dispute suit against Samsung over Android patent-licensing royalties.  —  Microsoft has filed a contract dispute suit against Samsung over what Microsoft claims is a breach of contract by Samsung involving Android patent royalties.
Liam Spradlin / Android Police:
Exclusive: Google Exploring ‘Google Workshop’ To Take Customized Smartphone Cases To A New Level  —  Google hasn't exactly had a great track record when it comes to official Nexus accessories.  Accessories have been teased or shown off only to arrive months later or not at all (remember that Nexus 10 dock?).
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.
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Airbnb officially closes its $475 million megaround  —  Airbnb's widely rumored $475 million funding round is now official: The company confirmed the raise in a public SEC filing today.  —  Named within the filing are previous investors Alfred Lin of Sequoia Capital and Jeff Jordan of Andreessen Horowitz.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
YouTube's consumer products lead, who worked on music subscription service, leaves for Spotify  —  As YouTube Gets Ready to Launch a Spotify Competitor, a Top Exec Heads to Spotify  —  Here's another change for YouTube's management team, which has been in flux for much of the year …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Take a look at HP's luxury smartwatch  —  Despite their utility, smartwatches remain a geeky niche item thanks to a certain lack of je ne sais quoi.  However, HP is partnering with a retailer called Gilt to build an Android and iOS compatible smartwatch that may finally tick the style box, thanks to US designer Michael Bastian.
Andrew Flanagan / Billboard:
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 of layoffs is taking place at Beats, saying there have been no layoffs (save for about five performance-based terminations) …
Stephanie Mlot / PC Magazine:
Picture of an HTC One (M8) running Windows Phone found on Verizon's site  —  Leaked Pic Tips Windows Phone-Based HTC One (M8)  —  Ahead of HTC's Aug. 19 press event in New York, a photo leaked to PCMag suggests that a Windows Phone-based HTC One (M8) is on the horizon.

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