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July 25, 2013, 2:20 PM

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Eliot Van Buskirk / Evolver.fm:
Why Google Chromecast Isn't Apple Airplay  —  About two and a half years after Evolver.fm started taking Google to task over its lack of a super-simple wireless music solution along the lines of Apple's AirPlay for zapping music to speakers around the house, Google unveiled on Wednesday …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Secret Weapon: the iPhone 4  —  Three-Year-Old Smartphone Propels Company's Sales in Price-Conscious Markets  —  Apple Inc. is known for drawing crowds with its latest and greatest technology.  But one of its most potent weapons in some markets came out three years ago.
Erica Ogg / GigaOM:
Six years later, how Apple keeps the iPhone chugging along  —  Between March and June, Apple's iPad shipments dipped 14 percent.  The Mac is dropping along with the rest of the PC industry, and the iPod has declined so much it barely merits a mention from the company anymore.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
BlackBerry Lays Off 250 Employees From Its New Product Testing And R&D Department  —  Layoffs at Waterloo-based smartphone industry pioneer BlackBerry cut deep last year, with around 5,000 employees being let go.  Those cuts continue into 2013 as BlackBerry undergoes what CEO Thorsten Heins called a …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft rolls out developer preview of IE11 on Windows 7  —  Summary: Microsoft is making available for download immediately a test build of its IE11 browser for Windows 7, along with various new dev tools and discounts.  —  At Microsoft's Build conference, the IE team confirmed that Internet Explorer 11 …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Fast Car: Uber Funding Auction Could Reach a $3.5B Valuation  —  Uber, the ride-logistics startup, could be valued at up to $3.5 billion in a new funding round led by TPG Capital, said multiple sources close to the discussions, which are ongoing but advanced.  We had first reported that Uber was seeking the round in June.
Ilya Khrennikov / Bloomberg:
Yandex Co-Founder Ilya Segalovich on Life Support  —  Yandex NV (YNDX), Russia's largest search engine, said co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Ilya Segalovich suddenly died at age 48.  —  “Mr. Segalovich had been diagnosed with a treatable form of cancer and was responding well to treatment …
Ben Gilbert / Engadget:
Microsoft to allow indie self-publishing on Xbox One, retail consoles will double as debug units (updated)  —  Microsoft's Xbox One is getting decidedly more indie-friendly with today's confirmation from Microsoft that its forthcoming game console will double as a developer debug unit.
Rebecca Grant / VentureBeat:
The six most memorable startups from 500 Startups sixth class  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF — The always-entertaining Dave McClure kicked off the 500 Startups Demo Day today with a video about Sharknado, otherwise known as “the best worst movie ever.”  —  “We hope our startups go as viral as Sharknado did,” McClure said.
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Facebook Stock Opens Up 26% After Last Night's Big Earnings Beat  —  Facebook's stock is up 31% in off-hours trading as of this writing following a glowing earnings report from the company yesterday.  —  Most importantly, Facebook showed significant revenue growth in mobile ads …
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Donna Cassata / Associated Press:
House Narrowly Rejects Effort To Halt NSA Program  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has voted to continue the collection of hundreds of millions of Americans' phone records in the fight against terrorism.  The House rejected a measure to end the program's authority.  The vote was 217-205 on Wednesday.

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