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August 1, 2014, 4:55 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:
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 Apple.com …
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.
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Apple $450 million e-book settlement wins court approval  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) on Friday won preliminary court approval for its $450 million settlement of claims it harmed consumers by conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices.  —  In approving the accord …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft files Android patent-royalty suit against Samsung  —  Summary: Microsoft has filed a contract dispute suite 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.
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Airbnb officially closes its $475 million mega round  —  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.
Reuters:
Chinese employees at Microsoft's Nokia arm protest mass layoffs  —  (Reuters) - “Hundreds” of Chinese employees at Microsoft Corp's Nokia phone business protested on Friday against mass layoffs that the U.S. tech company announced last month, according to an employee present and pictures posted on social media networks.

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