July 9, 2013, 6:35 PM

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Robert McMillan / Wired:
How Dropbox Will Remake Itself (And Your Angry Birds)  —  Dropbox wants to be your always-on hard drive, whether you're using an iPad, an Android phone, or a PC.  And if it's going to reach that lofty goal, it will need more than a little help from the world's software developers.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Now Has 175 Million Users, Up From 100M In November 2012  —  “Today is about making life easier for all of you” said CEO Drew Houston to launch his company Dropbox's conference.  The company now has 175 million users, up from 100 million in November 2012.
Marcus Wohlsen / Wired:
Dropbox Blows Up the Box, Connecting Every App, File, and Device  —  In the vast San Francisco loft that Dropbox calls home, there's a Lego room, a life-size plastic shark, and a Golden Gate Bridge mosaic made from disassembled Rubik's Cubes.  Chipper millennials who may or may not be worth millions …
More: The Verge
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Dropbox replace the hard drive with its Dropbox Platform, with a sync API, a ‘universal file picker’, and more  —  Dropbox announced today the launch of a new product it's calling the Dropbox Platform, replacing the hard drive, a new foundation to solve all the problems of sync where people don't have to worry about lost files.
More: TechCrunch
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Exclusive details on Amazon's next-gen Kindle Fire tablets  —  With Nook out of the way and Samsung slowing, can Amazon rekindle people's love of Kindles?  —  Amazon is planning a complete overhaul of its Kindle Fire tablet lineup for 2013 and BGR has learned exclusive details about the forthcoming devices.
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Apple, Amazon end ‘app store’ lawsuit  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc and Inc have ended their lawsuit over who has the right to use the “app store” name, clearing the way for both companies to use it.  —  U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
The next iPhone's cool-factor: a slow-motion camera?  —  As the launch of the next iPhone approaches, rumor and speculation about what Apple's latest and greatest smartphone could bring to the highly-competitive mobile marketplace is increasing.  Based on the latest chatter …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Amazon Quietly Tests Streaming Flash Videos to Kindle Fire Owners  —  For the past six months, Amazon has been quietly testing what it hopes will be a better way to watch Flash video content on a mobile device.  —  Since February, some Kindle Fire owners have been seeing an option to use an …
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / ZDNet:
Google releases fix to OEMs for Blue Security Android security hole  —  Summary: Google has found a fix for a vulnerability in Android's security model that could allow attackers to convert 99 percent of all applications into Trojan malware.  —  It doesn't get much scarier than this.
Andy / TorrentFreak:
Three Strikes and You're Still In - France Kills Piracy Disconnections  —  The so-called “graduated response” to the file-sharing issue has for years been championed by the mainstream music and movie industries.  —  According to the theory, Internet subscribers who are continually warned …
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Apple's safe automotive telematics patent mates touchscreen with tactile controls  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for a touchscreen-based telematics system that incorporates embedded controls, such as knobs, sliders, and switches …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Satellite communications startup Kymeta lands $50M from Bill Gates, others  —  Kymeta Corp., the satellite communications startup that spun out of Intellectual Ventures, has scored $50 million in venture funding.  —  Backers of the Redmond company — led by serial entrepreneur Vern Fotheringham …
More: Kymeta, VentureBeat and EngadgetThanks:@toddbishop
Brad Molen / Engadget:
HTC 8XT will be available on Sprint July 19th for $100 after rebate  —  The term “this summer” has finally become much more specific for anyone hoping to score a Sprint-branded Windows Phone: July 19th.  This is the date the Now Network will launch the HTC 8XT, the carrier's first WP8 device …
Todd Hoff / High Scalability:
The Architecture Twitter Uses to Deal with 150M Active Users, 300K QPS, a 22 MB/S Firehose, and Send Tweets in Under 5 Seconds  —  Toy solutions solving Twitter's “problems” are a favorite scalability trope.  Everybody has this idea that Twitter is easy.  With a little architectural hand waving …
More: Co.LabsTweets: @matthewsinclair and @nikcub
Rebecca Jeschke / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Federal Judge Allows EFF's NSA Mass Spying Case to Proceed  —  Rejects Government's State Secret Privilege Claims in Jewel v. NSA and Shubert v. Obama  —  San Francisco - A federal judge today rejected the U.S. government's latest attempt to dismiss the Electronic Frontier Foundation's …
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Samsung breaks ground on futuristic Silicon Valley campus  —  As the South Korean manufacturer continues to grow, it's expanding operations in the U.S. This means a 1.1 million-square-foot modern campus with space for 2,000 employees.  —  Architectural rendering of Samsung's upcoming San Jose, Calif. headquarters.
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Sprint now finally owns 100 percent of Clearwire  —  Sprint just announced that it has successfully completed its purchase of Clearwire — its final, best offer of $5 per share was accepted, and the transaction has been closed as of today.  This comes just one day after SoftBank and Sprint announced …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Microsoft Restructuring Set for Thursday  —  According to numerous sources close to the situation, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is poised to unveil his plan to drastically restructure the tech giant this week.  And, while timing might change, sources said that the current plan is to make it public on Thursday.

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