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July 15, 2014, 6:35 PM

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Apple:
Apple and IBM partner to develop iOS enterprise apps and cloud services, tailor AppleCare for enterprise; IBM will sell iPhones and iPads to business clients  —  Apple and IBM Forge Global Partnership to Transform Enterprise Mobility  —  Apple® and IBM (NYSE: IBM) …
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Apple and IBM Team Up to Push iOS in the Enterprise  —  Apple and IBM today announced a broad partnership to help companies deploy wireless devices and business-specific applications to run on them.  —  The combination brings together two historical competitors — who decades ago struggled …
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft likely to announce job cuts this week; may be biggest restructuring in its history  —  Microsoft Said to Announce Job Cuts as Soon as This Week  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is planning its biggest round of job cuts in five years, as the software maker looks to slim …
Google:
Google appoints former Ford CEO Alan Mulally to its board of directors  —  Google Appoints Alan Mulally to its Board of Directors  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - JULY 15, 2014 — Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) today announced it has appointed Alan Mulally to its Board of Directors.
Google:
Google+ removes all name restrictions, apologizes for “unnecessarily difficult experiences”  —  When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile.  This helped create a community made up of real people …
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Call to cancel Comcast service turns into absurd interrogation; Comcast calls representative's behavior “unacceptable”  —  Call to cancel Comcast service descends into desperate, hysterical fireworks  —  A Comcast customer service representative tried to retain a customer …
Matt Brian / Engadget:
Novartis to develop Google smart contact lens to track diabetes and correct farsightedness  —  Google strikes smart contact lens deal to track diabetes and fix farsightedness  —  With Glass and Android Wear, Google has already invested a lot of time and resources into developing …
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Marketing Chief Ho, Engineering Head Liu Said to Quit  —  HTC Corp. (2498) Chief Marketing Officer Ben Ho and President of Engineering and Operations Fred Liu have resigned from the Taiwanese smartphone maker, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
FCC extends net neutrality comment deadline after ‘overwhelming’ traffic  —  The Federal Communications Commission has been calling on the public to provide comments on its controversial net neutrality proposal, and it said today that it would actually be extending the length of the comment period …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Intel Beats Estimates, Raises Forecast on Improved PC Market  —  Chipmaker Intel said on Tuesday that an improved PC market helped it to deliver quarterly earnings that exceeded its initial estimates.  The company also hiked its full-year sales outlook.  —  Intel reported second-quarter earnings …
Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
Nest and Samsung launch Thread, a wireless mesh standard for the smart home  —  Samsung, ARM, Nest and four other companies have gotten together to build a new radio standard for the smart home.  Dubbed Thread, it is a low-power, mesh network protocol that also supports IPv6.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
LivingSocial Poaches eBay Exec Gautam Thakar To Be Its New CEO  —  LivingSocial is today announcing a new CEO and president, putting to rest a question mark that has hovered over the daily deals business for the last several months.  Gautam Thakar, an eBay executive who had been CEO …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows Phone 8.1 now rolling out to Lumia devices with new Cyan update  —  Microsoft is starting to distribute Windows Phone 8.1 to existing Lumia devices this week.  The Lumia Cyan update provides the full Windows Phone 8.1 software, alongside some tweaks and customizations specifically for Lumia handsets.
Andrew Martonik / Android Central:
MediaTek announces MT6795 64-bit octa-core processor with 2K display support  —  MediaTek, makers of processors for a variety of different applications including mobile devices, is today announcing its latest high-end chip, the MT6795.  This SoC, which sits at the top of the MT67xx range …
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Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
USPTO Refuses to Register Apple's “Touch ID” Trademark  —  Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published an official letter that was sent to Apple regarding their trademark application for “Touch ID” having been refused by their trademark examiner.  Noteworthy is the fact that the letter …
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Box Plans Deep Office 365 Integration As It Removes Storage Caps For Business Customers  —  This morning Box announced that it will integrate its cloud storage solution into Microsoft's popular Office 365 productivity suite.  The company also indicated that its ‘Business’ SKU will no longer …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Using Adobe Flash For Your Web Site?  Google Mobile Results Will Issue Searchers A Warning.  —  Flash, Adobe's multimedia based web site technology, is not a friend of mobile devices or search spiders and now Google has decided to step up their campaign against such sites using the technology.

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