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July 26, 2013, 12:25 AM

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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Chromecast vs. AirPlay: how do they compare?  —  Can Google finally take on one of Apple's best features?  —  Google's new Chromecast HDMI stick is a lot of things: it's a simple new way to bring internet video to your living room after the company stumbled with Google TV …
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Brad Stone / Businessweek:
Jeff Bezos Doesn't Care What You Think About Amazon's Quarterly Earnings  —  If you are watching Amazon's quarterly earnings today, probing the numbers for signs of the online giant's continued vigor, feel free.  But honestly, Jeff Bezos doesn't care what you think.
More: GeekWire
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Q2 Disappoints, Sales Up 22 Percent To $15.7B, Net Loss Of $7M  —  Amazon just reported second-quarter earnings, with sales increasing 22 percent to $15.7 billion in the second quarter, compared with $12.83 billion in second quarter 2012.  Net loss was $7 million in the second quarter …
Salvador Rodriguez / Los Angeles Times:
Google ends Chromecast-Netflix promotion ‘due to overwhelming demand’  —  Citing overwhelming demand, Google on Thursday said it has ended a Netflix promotion tied to its new Chromecast TV dongle.  —  The promotion gave users, new and existing, three free months of Netflix's video streaming service …
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Google Has Shown Another Living Room Device  —  Google's home-entertainment experiments extend beyond the gadget the company announced Wednesday, which turns TV sets into an extra screen for watching Web videos and other content.  —  The Internet giant in January used the Consumer Electronics Show …
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Feds tell Web firms to turn over user account passwords  —  Secret demands mark escalation in Internet surveillance by the federal government through gaining access to user passwords, which are typically stored in encrypted form.  —  The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet …
Steven Musil / CNET:
Samsung posts record $8.5B profit as mobile business shrinks  —  Operating profit jumps 47 percent over a year ago, but profit from the South Korean electronics giant's mobile division declined 3.5 percent from the previous quarter.  —  Samsung lauded sales of its Galaxy S4 in the second quarter.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
No Dice: Zynga Decides to Abandon Real-Money Gaming Efforts in the U.S.  —  In its lackluster second-quarter report today, at the very bottom of its press release, Zynga made a very important strategic announcement, saying that it would not pursue real-money gaming in the U.S.
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Verizon calls on President to veto coming iPhone ban  —  As an import ban on Apple products gets set to take effect two weeks from now, a Verizon executive is asking the White House to take the unusual step of intervening with the U.S. trade agency that imposed the ban.
Miguel Helft / Fortune:
Laurene Powell Jobs backs ambitious media site  —  Ozy Media will create content for the so-called change generation.  —  FORTUNE — Laurene Powell Jobs, the intensely private widow of Steve Jobs, has teamed up with other Silicon Valley luminaries to back an ambitious new journalism site dubbed Ozy Media.
Alex Heath / Cult of Mac:
The Most Powerful DJ App For Everyone Arrives With djay 2 [Review]  —  djay 2 by Algoriddim Category: Music Works With: iPhone, iPad Price: $1.99 (iPhone), $9.99 (iPad) DJing used to be something only the pros did.  Hardware was (and still can be) incredibly expensive, and the barrier to entry was set high.
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 …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple spent $16 Billion on Apple Shares Last Quarter … Apple's share buyback program is proving to be quite a bit larger than originally conceived.  —  Though its original plan called for the repurchase of 10 million shares in its third fiscal quarter of 2013, Apple instead bought up 36 million shares.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
BillGuard launches for iPhone to combat the ‘$14bn’ lost by credit card users to hidden-fees and errors  —  Launched in the US back in April 2010, BillGuard sells itself as the world's first ‘people-powered antivirus system for bills’.  —  In a nutshell, BillGuard's predictive algorithms alert users …
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.
Jennifer Baker / ITworld.com:
Boost for Amazon as Penguin agrees to end Apple e-books deal  —  The deal brings to an end the EU anticompetition case on e-books  —  Penguin has agreed to terminate its e-book agreement with Apple and to allow Amazon to set its own prices for electronic books in a settlement of a European Union antitrust case.
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Citymaps, an ambitious Google Maps competitor with a social twist, launches on the iPhone  —  Taking on Google, Apple, or Nokia in the maps space as a small startup is a little crazy.  But that isn't stopping Citymaps, a high-reaching service that has mapped every city in the U.S. and includes …

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