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July 2, 2013, 7:55 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 …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Moto X will not be a Droid on Verizon  —  The new flagship stands alone, but the Droid lives on  —  Motorola's forthcoming Moto X phone will not be a Droid device on Verizon, multiple sources tell The Verge.  The change marks a sharp inflection point in the tight relationship between the two companies …
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.
Ben Horowitz / AllThingsD:
Shared Command … Zynga recently put a new management structure in place where Don Mattrick is the CEO and my friend Mark Pincus, the founder and former CEO, will be the chairman of the board and the chief product officer.  —  My friend Fred Wilson encourages entrepreneurs to consider …
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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Rebecca Grant / VentureBeat:
YuMe files for $65M IPO as video ad market continues to soar  —  Video ad network YuMe is going public.  The startup filed for a $65 million Initial Public Offering today.  —  YuMe provides digital video advertising technology that matches online videos with relevant audiences.
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 …
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 …
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.
Greg Finn / Marketing Land:
Study: Fake Twitter Follower Market Is Still Thriving Thanks To New Spam Tactics  —  Welcome to this quarter's report on Fake Social followers.  BarracudaLabs dove headfirst into the world of paying for perceived social popularity.  Verdict: The fake follower economy is still flourishing and is still the scurge of social media.

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