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July 8, 2015, 7:45 PM

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Microsoft:
Microsoft announces 7,800 job cuts mostly in phone business, writes off $7.6B from Nokia deal  —  Microsoft Announces Restructuring of Phone Hardware Business  —  REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft Corp. today announced plans to restructure the company's phone hardware business to better focus and align resources.
Microsoft:
Satya Nadella email to employees on sharpening business focus  —  Over the past few weeks, I've shared with you our mission, strategy, structure and culture.  Today, I want to discuss our plans to focus our talent and investments in areas where we have differentiation and potential for growth …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft job cuts to hit staff at manufacturing facility in Finland, company's sales group, and others  —  Microsoft's latest job cuts to hit manufacturing, sales  —  MIcrosoft's Finland offices and its Sales and Marketing Organization will both be impacted by the company's 7,800 job cuts.
Wall Street Journal:
Apple orders between 85M and 90M units of upcoming iPhone models, around 10M more than last year; new models expected to have Force Touch technology  —  Apple Plans Record Number of New iPhones  —  Apples asks suppliers to make up to 90 million of the expected next models by year-end
Chris Welch / The Verge:
In apparent effort to stop Apple making any money from its service, Spotify urges iPhone customers to stop paying through the App Store and save $3/month  —  Spotify urges iPhone customers to stop paying through Apple's App Store  —  Spotify is trying to raise awareness around the fact …
Facebook:
Facebook updates its cost-per-click definition to only include clicks to websites and apps, not likes, shares, and comments  —  Updating how Cost per Click is Measured on Facebook  —  Advertisers come to Facebook to drive business goals, like in-store traffic and website clicks …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
iOS 8.4 reportedly accounts for 40% of all iOS usage just one week after release  —  Using data by Mixpanel, Apple Music seems to be quickly driving adoption of Apple's latest iteration of its operating system, iOS 8.4.  The chart shows that, in just one week, iOS 8.4 usage now makes up more than 40% of all iOS device usage.
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Tilt Raised Around $30M At A $400M Valuation In Its Most Recent Funding Round  —  TechCrunch is hearing from multiple sources that Tilt has raised around $30 million in its most-recent funding round as it pushes to expand internationally.  —  “We weren't in fundraising mode …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Tidal launches family plan: each new member gets 50% discount from initial $9.99 or $14.99 subscription, still more expensive than Apple Music  —  Tidal now has a family plan, but it's more expensive than Apple Music  —  With many of its music subscription rivals offering attractive family plan pricing …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Hacker group Morpho attacked Twitter, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, others to profit from insider info, active since at least 2011  —  Meet the hackers who break into Microsoft and Apple to steal insider info  —  Almost 50 companies have been hacked by a shadowy group.
John Ribeiro / Computerworld:
Judge voids $533M award in Apple vs. Smartflash patent case, orders new trial on damages  —  New trial on damages ordered in Apple, Smartflash patent dispute  —  A federal court in Texas has ordered a new trial on damages in a patent infringement dispute between Apple and Smartflash …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Fleksy's mobile keyboard app goes free as the company bets on premium themes and extensions  —  Mobile keyboard company Fleksy has followed in the footsteps of SwiftKey by making its Android and iOS app completely free.  —  With seven million downloads to date, the San Francisco-based company's app replaces …

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