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July 6, 2015, 2:05 PM

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Steve Ragan / CSO Online:
Hacking Team, which sells intrusion and surveillance tools to governments, breached; attackers release 400GB of internal documents, source code, and emails  —  Hacking Team hacked, attackers claim 400GB in dumped data  —  Firm made famous for helping governments spy on their citizens left exposed
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Instagram is now storing photos in 1080x1080 resolution instead of 640x640, likely in preparation for a public upgrade soon  —  Instagram photos are now bigger — if you know where to look  —  Just over a week ago, I wrote plaintively about Instagram's archaic 640 x 640 resolution and the need …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon Debuts Dedicated Mobile Apps For Its Dropbox Competitor, Cloud Drive  —  Amazon has quietly expanded its Cloud Drive service - a competitor to Dropbox, Google Drive and other online file hosting services - to mobile platforms, with the release of dedicated apps on iTunes, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Sources: Microsoft will finalize Windows 10 RTM build this week to send to OEMs ahead of July 29 launch  —  Microsoft to finalize Windows 10 this week  —  Microsoft is planning to finalize Windows 10 this week, ahead of its official launch later this month.
Fred Wilson / AVC:
A media platform based on blockchain will arrive soon, which unlike Reddit or Twitter can't be policed  —  The Decentral Authority  —  We've been big fans of Reddit since it was part of the first Y Combinator class ten years ago this summer.  We've watched closely as it emerged as a community powered mostly by its users.
Wall Street Journal:
SEC investigating improper selling of private tech stocks including employee-owned shares  —  Regulators Probe Marketing of Hot Private Tech Shares  —  Trading of such shares has boomed in recent months  —  Securities regulators have launched a broad investigation into whether hedge funds …
Orr Hirschauge / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Waze to test carpooling service in Israel; drivers limited to 2 rides a day, can charge for gas, car wear and tear, but not generate profit  —  Google Tests Carpooling Service for Commuters in Israel  —  Google has thrown its hat into the hotly contested ride-sharing ring …
Kevin Tofel / ZDNet:
Amazon announces Prime Day, a day of sales with more deals than Black Friday, for Prime members on July 15  —  Amazon takes on Black Friday with Prime Day deals  —  Step aside Black Friday.  Amazon is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a day of deals that could boost new Prime memberships and move tons of merchandise.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft redesigns Bing Maps so you can search, view, and share multiple places at one time  —  If you're not reaching, engaging, and monetizing customers on mobile, you're likely losing them to someone else.  Register now for the 8th annual MobileBeat, July 13-14, where the best and brightest …

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