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July 6, 2015, 4:02 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 uploading images at 1080x1080 resolution instead of 640x640 and confirms it's rolling out displaying at that resolution on iOS and Android devices  —  Instagram photos are now bigger — if you know where to look  —  Just over a week ago, I wrote plaintively …
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.
Ellen Pao / Reddit:
Ellen Pao apologizes again, announces new role of Moderator Advocate to be moderators' contact with Reddit, pledges improvements to mod tools  —  We apologize  —  We screwed up.  Not just on July 2, but also over the past several years.  We haven't communicated well …
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.
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 …
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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft rebrands Xbox Music to Groove Music  —  Microsoft killed off the Xbox Music branding in its music and video apps for Windows 10, but today the company is rebranding the entire service to Groove Music.  In a blog post detailing the changes, Microsoft's reasoning for the new name appears …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
T-Mobile's transparency report shows 352K customer data requests in 2014, up 11% from 2013 and more than Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint  —  T-Mobile was asked to turn over more customer info than its larger rivals  —  The nation's fourth-largest wireless carrier fielded more government data requests than AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.

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