August 1, 2014, 11:00 AM

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Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple officially welcomes Beats to the family as Beats moves online sales to Apple's site  —  Apple has updated its homepage to include a new microsite officially welcoming the Beats Electronics and Beats Music team to the company.  The new site marks the first official mention on …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Deepa Seetharaman / Reuters:
Amazon tests offering local services like assembly, installation, and repair from Seattle to New York and LA  —  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 …
Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:
Poorly Managed 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 insurance website suffered from poor management …
Mark Scott / New York Times:
Google Details Problems With Handling Right to Be Forgotten Requests  —  LONDON - Google says complying with Europe's so-called right to be forgotten ruling is getting complicated.  —  In a lengthy response to questions from the region's data regulators, the search giant …
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.
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.
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 …
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.

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