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July 1, 2013, 2:55 PM

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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Microsoft's Xbox Head Don Mattrick Leaving to Take Top Role — Possibly CEO — at Zynga  —  Don Mattrick, the president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment unit — which centers on the Xbox and all the software giant's gaming and entertainment efforts — is leaving the company …
Bloomberg:
Apple Seeks to Trademark ‘IWatch’ in Japan for Devices  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL), the world's most valuable technology company, is seeking a trademark for “iWatch” in Japan as rival Samsung Electronics Co. readies its own wearable smartphone device.  —  The maker of iPhones is seeking protection …
The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla and Partners Prepare to Launch First Firefox OS Smartphones!  —  First Open Web Devices Powered by Firefox OS Make Smartphones More Accessible; Regional announcements coming soon  —  Mountain View, Calif. - July 1, 2013 - Mozilla, the mission-based organization dedicated to keeping …
Stefan Constantinescu / Engadget:
ZTE Open, the first Firefox OS phone for consumers, launches tomorrow for $90  —  When Mozilla said devices running Firefox OS would be cheap, we didn't know they'd be this cheap.  Telefónica has just tweeted that the ZTE Open will be launching in Spain tomorrow for €69 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft launches web-based Xbox Music, available for subscribers now  —  We expected Microsoft to launch its Xbox Music web version this week, and it appears the site is online and ready to use.  Xbox Music Pass subscribers can access the web player from music.xbox.com, with a responsive design that adapts to your browser size.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Android, Led By Samsung, Continues To Storm The Smartphone Market, Pushing A Global 70% Market Share  —  Google is grappling with an ongoing antitrust case in Europe over its online search business, and if its rivals have anything to do with it, that might extend into Google's power in the mobile sphere, too.
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
Microsoft to shut down TechNet subscription service  —  Summary: One of the best software deals around is about to be retired.  Microsoft announced today that after 15 years it is shutting down its TechNet subscriptions service.  Microsoft has other, similar programs, but none are as generous as TechNet.
Thanks:@edbott
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
HP Still Plotting a Return to Smartphone Market  —  Hewlett-Packard's ignominious first run at the smartphone market won't deter it from taking a second.  Nor will some formidable incumbents who seem to have sucked all the air out the space.  According to Yam Su Yin, senior director …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft starts selling its Surfaces through resellers  —  Summary: Microsoft is further expanding distribution of its Surface RT and Pro devices, starting with authorized resellers in the U.S.  —  Microsoft is expanding distribution of its Surface tablet/PC devices via authorized distributors …

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