July 2, 2013, 1:35 PM

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Mark Pincus / Zynga Company Blog:
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple expands ‘iWatch’ trademark filing world tour to Mexico, Taiwan, Turkey, Colombia  —  In addition to filing a trademark for the name “iWatch” in Russia and Japan, Apple has requested a trademark for “iWatch” with Mexico's Institute of Industrial Property.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Pebble Smartwatch Is Coming To Best Buy July 7 For $149.95  —  Pebble is selling its smartwatch via Best buy stores soon, with the device going on sale at the major U.S.-based electronics retailer on July 7 for $149.95.  The e-ink display for the Pebble and Bluetooth connection it sports allow …
Spiegel Online:
How the NSA Targets Germany and Europe  —  Top secret documents detail the mass scope of efforts by the United States to spy on Germany and Europe.  Each month, the NSA monitors a half a billion communications and EU buildings are bugged.  The scandal poses a threat to trans-Atlantic relations.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
The Bing challenge: with iOS 7 and Windows 8.1, search could be Microsoft's new platform  —  Redmond opens up to developers to take on Google  —  Earlier this year, the head of Microsoft's search team, Qi Lu, unveiled a new approach for Bing: the concept of a broad search platform that could feed …
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Opera's redesigned, Chromium-based browser for Windows and Mac exits beta with new Speed Dial tool  —  Opera launched a new version of its Internet browser for Windows PC and Mac users today, with a cleaner design, a new ‘Speed Dial’ tool for finding favorite sites and faster webpage loading.
Marcus Wohlsen / Wired:
Email Is Crushing Twitter, Facebook for Selling Stuff Online  —  In 2013, no company can expect to be taken seriously if it's not on Facebook or Twitter.  An endless stream (no pun intended) of advice from marketing consultants warns businesses that they need to “get” social or risk becoming …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple launches 2013 Back to School promo: $100 App Store card with Macs, $50 card with iPhone/iPad  —  As we reported would occur, Apple has just launched its annual Back to School promotion for students.  The program launched in January for students in Australia, and today …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows 8 reaches 100,000 apps milestone in just over seven months  —  While Microsoft didn't quite hit 100,000 in time for its Build developers conference last week, the software giant is announcing its latest milestone for Windows 8 today.  The Windows Store has just passed the 100,000 mark …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Apple is planning a solar panel farm for its data center in Reno  —  Apple, working with Nevada utility NV Energy, is planning to build another solar panel farm next to a data center, and this time it's for its new data center in Reno, Nevada.  Apple has already been building two solar panel farms next …
Megan Rose Dickey / Business Insider:
Ousted Groupon CEO Andrew Mason Released A New Album Today — Here Are The Secret Meanings Behind Each Song  —  Ousted Groupon CEO Andrew Mason just released his first full-length album, “Hardly Workin'.”  —  The seven-track album is available on for purchase on iTunes and is streaming on Spotify.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
SanDisk acquires SMART Storage Systems for $307 million  —  Summary: For SanDisk, the SMART purchase is another step toward building out its enterprise portfolio and bolstering its data center footprint.  —  SanDisk said Tuesday it will acquire SMART Storage Systems, a privately held solid …
Christina Farr / VentureBeat:
SigFig nabs $15M to help you manage your investments  —  SigFig, the startup that offers financial education and money-management tools, has gained a further $15 million in venture funding.  —  SigFig has developed full feature-set and suite of mobile apps (note: Android Tablet and Kindle Fire apps …
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
Spotify Discover functionality now available on iOS app, ‘coming soon’ to other platforms  —  Spotify's Discover area isn't quite as ubiquitous as we'd hoped by this point, primarily serving computer-based Spotify users.  But today that trend begins to change, with Spotify's iOS app getting an update …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Outerwall (Formerly Coinstar) Buys ecoATM For $350M In Cash To Expand Into Device Recycling Kiosks  —  Some changes underway in the automated retail space: Outerwall, operators of the Coinstar coin-counting kiosks and the Redbox disc and game distribution network, is acquiring ecoATM for $350 million in cash.

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