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July 17, 2013, 4:50 AM

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Brad Smith / TechNet Blogs:
Responding to government legal demands for customer data  —  Today we have asked the Attorney General of the United States to personally take action to permit Microsoft and other companies to share publicly more complete information about how we handle national security requests for customer information.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Revamped Google Maps for iOS launches: supports iPad, indoor maps, enhanced navigation  —  In line with last week's expectations of an updated Google Maps app, Google has begun rolling out version 2.0 of Google Maps for iOS today.  Most notably, the new application includes support …
Wall Street Journal:
Google Pitches Online TV Service to Media Companies  —  Streaming of Traditional TV Programming Is Also Planned by Others  —  Google Inc. has approached media companies about licensing their content for an Internet TV service that would stream traditional TV programming, people familiar with the matter say.
Amir Efrati / Digits:
How Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Plans to Tackle Video  —  Yahoo took the unprecedented step of broadcasting live video of its second-quarter earnings call.  Perhaps it's fitting, then, that CEO Marissa Mayer talked up video as a top priority for the Internet company.
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Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Tumblr updates its iOS app with ‘very important’ security fix, asks users to change passwords  —  Yahoo-owned Tumblr has rolled out a “very important” security fix for its iOS app for the iPhone and iPad in response to a flaw identified within the service.  —  In a post on the Tumblr staff blog …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Before ‘OK Glass’, Google considered ‘pew pew pew’, Glassicus, and Go Go Glass  —  If you've ever wondered why Google ended up going with “OK Glass” as the official phrase for its Glass product, this one's for you.  Glass Marketing Manager Amanda Rosenberg has finally revealed its origins.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Hands on with OWA for iPhone, Microsoft's Outlook for iOS (sort of)  —  Microsoft has added another piece to its “free” Office package for iPhone users—free as in “free with an Office 365 account,” that is.  This time, Microsoft included an Outlook mail client and calendar...sort of.
John McDermott / AdAge:
Captain Morgan Starts Targeting Ads At Foursquare Check-Ins  —  At a Bar?  Captain Morgan Suggests a Captain and Ginger  —  Foursquare has started rolling out post check-in ads — ads served to users immediately after they check in at certain locations — and Captain Morgan is one of the first brands on board.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Russia says ‘nyet’ to Apple's iPhone  —  Why the big three Russian mobile phone carriers cut their ties with Apple.  —  FORTUNE — There's good money to be made selling cell phones in Russia, a country with more than 180 million mobile subscribers.  Three Russian carriers account for eight …
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Verizon set to unveil new Droid lineup at press event on July 23rd  —  Verizon Wireless has just sent us an invite for a press event in New York City on July 23rd.  In the invite the carrier says it will “unveil the next generation of one of [its] most popular family of devices.”
Jason Green / Mercury News:
Google buys nearly 15 acres in Palo Alto  —  Google Inc. appears to be staging a return of sorts to Palo Alto, where the tech titan opened its first office in 1999.  —  A spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday that the Mountain View-based company has snapped up seven parcels on the 1000 block …
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Smartphone Upgrades Slow as ‘Wow’ Factor Fades  —  Fewer Customers Trade in Devices—A Potential Problem for AT&T, Apple and Others  —  Fewer people are upgrading their smartphones—a trend that could make it harder for companies from AT&T Inc. to Apple Inc. to keep up the pace of revenue growth.

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