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July 16, 2015, 5:40 PM

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Google:
Google Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results  — Revenues of $17.7 billion and revenue growth of 11% year over year; constant currency revenue growth of 18% year over year  — Strong performance of core search business, particularly mobile, complemented by growth in YouTube and Programmatic Advertising
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Google beats estimates with Q2 net revenue of $14.35B; shares spike 8% after hours  —  Google Spikes 8% After Reporting Better Than Expected Q2 EPS Of $6.99  —  Today following the bell, Google reported its second quarter financial performance, including revenue excluding traffic acquisition costs …
Ellen Pao / Washington Post:
Ellen Pao reflects on being trolled, says balancing free expression with privacy is getting harder, especially with audience and revenue pressure  —  Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao: The trolls are winning the battle for the Internet  —  Ellen Pao resigned this month from her position as interim chief executive of Reddit.
Financial Times:
Apple and Samsung are in advanced talks with GSMA telecom association about standardized electronic SIM cards with support from AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, more  —  Apple, Samsung in talks with telecom groups to launch e-Sim card  —  Apple and Samsung are in advanced talks to join the rest …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
As the Twitter Turns: Comms Head Gabriel Stricker Out in ‘Shift’ in Strategy  —  Gabriel Stricker, Twitter's longtime chief of communications, is leaving the company.  —  Unlike the recent departure of CEO Dick Costolo, the social communications company did not pretend this was not due …
Orr Hirschauge / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook's Oculus buys Israel-based VR gesture-control company Pebbles for around $60M  —  Facebook to Pay About $60 Million for Gesture-Control Firm Pebbles  —  Facebook Inc. Thursday agreed to buy Israel-based gesture-control company Pebbles Ltd., according to people familiar with the matter.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
eBay confirms agreement to sell eBay Enterprise to investment consortium for $925M  —  eBay has confirmed previous rumors that it's selling its enterprise services business, eBay Enterprise, for $925 million.  —  The unit specializes in developing and managing ecommerce sites for retailers …
Abhijeet M. / SamMobile:
Sources: Samsung's Tizen-based Gear A smartwatch will feature a 1.2 GHz Exynos processor, Bluetooth 4.1, a digital crown, and more  —  Exclusive: Samsung Gear A (Orbis) specifications  —  With all the Galaxy Note 5 news flooding the internet of late, Samsung's upcoming smartwatch hasn't been in the limelight for some time now.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Illicit sharing of HBO, Netflix, and other account passwords estimated to cost the VOD industry $500M+ in 2015  —  Password Sharing: Are Netflix, HBO Missing $500 Million by Not Cracking Down?  —  Subscription VOD players, fighting for market share, aren't likely to crack down on cheaters
Ben Popper / The Verge:
HBO Now launches on Android phones and tablets and Amazon Fire as exclusivity with Apple ends; Chromecast and Fire TV support coming soon  —  HBO Now moves beyond Apple, arrives on Android and Amazon devices  —  Three months ago, HBO made its programming available to consumers without a cable subscription …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
SoftBank Capital to Wind Down as Nikesh Arora Shifts Investing Strategy  —  Nikesh Arora is putting his stamp on SoftBank Corp. as its new president, and its venture arm is feeling the impact.  —  The Japanese investment giant, led by CEO Masayoshi Son, is winding down SoftBank Capital …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Misfit Unveils $20 Flash Link Activity Tracker and Link App, Drops Prices on Shine and Flash  —  Misfit today announced the debut of Misfit Link, a new app that's designed to add new capabilities to the Misfit Flash, which is the company's inexpensive activity and sleep tracker.

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