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July 29, 2013, 7:40 PM

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
New iPhone with biometric fingerprint sensor seemingly confirmed by iOS leak  —  Looks like the rumors are true: iOS 7 beta 4 has leaked a new folder called “BiometricKitUI.”  Based on the description, sent to us by Hamza Sood, it seems pretty clear that Apple is preparing a new iPhone with a fingerprint sensor.
Wall Street Journal:
Worker Group Alleges Abuses at Apple Supplier in China  —  China Labor Watch Alleges Safety and Pay Issues at Pegatron Plants  —  BEIJING—A new report from a Chinese workers-rights group alleges labor abuses at a major Apple Inc. contractor the company has been using more as it shifts some work from longtime supplier Foxconn.
Paul Mozur / China Real Time Report:
Apple's Response to Latest Supplier Labor Abuse Allegations … New York-based nonprofit China Labor Watch on Monday released a report alleging labor abuses — including environmental and safety violations, withholding of worker pay and poor living conditions — at Taiwanese Apple Inc. contractor Pegatron.
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Mac:
Low-cost iPhone seemingly confirmed as plastic-bodied and not yet in mass production from Pegatron working conditions report  —  The report on working conditions at Chinese iPhone manufacturer Pegatron appears to confirm that the low-cost iPhone does indeed exist, is plastic and is not yet in mass production.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
‘Everybody Loves Bob’  —  After asking around, word on the Cupertino street is that there's nothing to read between the lines regarding Bob Mansfield no longer being on Apple's executive team.  Apple's statement means exactly what it says — Mansfield is well-liked at all levels within …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Says SVP Bob Mansfield “No Longer” on Executive Team, but Gives No Explanation as to Why … Early Sunday afternoon, Bob Mansfield, Apple's senior vice president of technologies, disappeared from the company's Web site, his biography removed from its executive profiles page without explanation.
Wall Street Journal:
Patent War Adds Front in U.S.  —  Obama Administration Faces Veto Decision on Ruling in Apple-Samsung Fight  —  By - BRENT KENDALL And - IAN SHERR -  —  Smartphone rivals Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. have dueled over patents in courts around the globe.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Nokia's new Bluetooth ‘Treasure Tag’ will prevent you from ever losing your keys again  —  Nokia is preparing to launch a proximity sensor accessory for its range of Lumia Windows Phones.  Sources familiar with Nokia's plans have revealed to The Verge that the Finnish smartphone maker will debut a …
BBC:
Microsoft's Bing introduces child abuse search pop-ups  —  Microsoft's Bing search engine has become the first to introduce pop-up warnings for people in the UK who seek out online images of child abuse.  —  The notification will tell them the content is illegal and provide details of a counselling service.
John Ribeiro / PC World:
US patent office rejects claims of Apple ‘pinch to zoom’ patent  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected claims of an Apple patent that figures prominently in a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung Electronics, according to documents filed by the South Korean company in a U.S. federal court.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases iTunes 11.1 beta to developers with iTunes Radio  —  Alongside iOS 7 beta 4, Apple has provided developers with iTunes 11.1 beta.  The biggest new feature is built-in iTunes Radio. iTunes Radio is Apple's upcoming streaming music service that is also integrated into iOS 7.  —  B
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Strategy Analytics: Android tablet shipments up to 67% in Q2 2013, iOS fell to 28.3%, and Windows secured 4.5%  —  Global tablet shipments in Q2 2013 reached 51.7 million units, up 43 percent from 36.1 million in Q2 2012.  Breaking those numbers down, Android secured a whopping 67 percent global share …

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