July 2, 2013, 5:50 PM

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John McDermott / AdAge:
Motorola Debuts its First Ad for Upcoming Moto X Smartphone  —  A Made-In-America Claim But No Images of the Phone  —  Motorola has set a patriotic tone for its Moto X smartphone campaign, the company's first since being acquired by Google last summer.  —  “What we are doing which is very different …
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Near Time Warner Cable Deal for TV Programs  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is nearing a deal with Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) to give subscribers of the cable television service access to channels via Apple TV, people with knowledge of the negotiations said.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Buys Qwiki for About $50 Million  —  As AllThingsD reported two weeks ago that it was likely to do, Yahoo said it has bought Qwiki, the New York startup that makes an Apple iPhone app that allows users to turn photos, music and videos into short movies automatically.
Nicole Laporte / Fast Company:
Meet Former XBox Boss Don Mattrick, Who Just Left Microsoft To Turn Around Zynga  —  News that Don Mattrick is leaving Microsoft as president of the company's Interactive Entertainment unit to run Zynga was a shock when it broke on Monday—to Microsoft, in particular.
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 …
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 …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: Homebrew closes debut fund  —  Quick fundraise for former Google and Twitter execs.  —  FORTUNE — Homebrew, a new venture capital firm founded by former Google and Twitter project managers, has quietly closed its debut fund with $35 million.  —  The San Francisco-based firm …
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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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Lockerz's Pivot Continues As It Sells AddToAny, A Link Sharing Tool, Back To Its Founder  —  Lockerz, the social commerce and photo sharing network that has been busy working on a new fashion site called Ador, has taken one more step to streamline its operations: it is offloading social sharing …

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