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August 2, 2014, 8:45 AM

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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.
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:
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?).
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) …
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.
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.

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