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July 1, 2013, 4:15 PM

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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
In Major Hire, Zynga Confirms Xbox Head Don Mattrick as New CEO, Taking Over From Mark Pincus  —  As AllThingD.com reported earlier today, Zynga has confirmed that it had hired Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment President Don Mattrick as its new CEO.  —  In a press release …
Mark Pincus / Zynga Company Blog:
Big Day  —  Our Founder Mark Pincus today sent a note to employees outlining some important leadership changes.  Please find his note, posted in its entirety, below.  —  To our Zynga employees, players and shareholders,  —  Today is a big day.  I'm excited to announce that Don Mattrick …
More: VentureBeat and AllThingsDThanks:@danidudeck
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 …
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.
More: VentureBeat and Ars TechnicaThanks:@edbott
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.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Google Glass update brings more voice commands, messages to any Gmail contacts and web browsing  —  An update rolling out to Google Glass customers today will bring some much needed expansion of the unit's capabilities.  This includes the ability to send messages or make calls to any Gmail contacts …
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 …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Apple France raided by antitrust investigators  —  Apple France was searched by French antitrust watchdog investigators last week, local news claims, after allegations that the iPhone maker discriminates against independent retailers by offering better deals with its own stores.
Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:
George W. Bush Defends PRISM: ‘I Put That Program In Place To Protect The Country’  —  Former President George W. Bush defended PRISM, the Internet spying program that began under his administration but remained secret until The Washington Post and The Guardian revealed its existence last month.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
IAC's CityGrid, Parent Of CitySearch And Urbanspoon, Lays Off Two-Thirds Of Staff, As Local Ad Push Bites  —  TechCrunch has learned that CityGrid Media, the parent of local ad-based listings portals CitySearch, Urbanspoon and Insider Pages, is laying off two-thirds of its staff, or around 130 people.
More: GeekWire and Skift

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