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July 8, 2015, 9:10 AM

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Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Sources: Microsoft expected to announce major layoffs in hardware and Nokia groups on Wednesday  —  Major Job Cuts Expected at Microsoft  —  SEATTLE — Microsoft plans to announce a major new round of layoffs as early as Wednesday, as the company seeks to further cut costs amid a shifting technology landscape.
Nathan Olivarez-Giles / Wall Street Journal:
Project Fi Review: Google Masters Wi-Fi Calling, but Needs Better Phones  —  Can the search giant change the wireless business like it's changed high-speed Internet?  —  For millions of us, Google is the backbone of our digital lives.  So it's a little incongruous that to get to its many services …
Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch:
Facebook Announces Fifth Data Center, Located In Fort Worth, Texas  —  Facebook just took the wraps off its fifth data center, with this one landing in Fort Worth, Texas.  Like most things at Facebook, the center already has its own Facebook Page.  —  The Fort Worth location joins …
Paul Carsten / Reuters:
China car hailing app Didi Kuaidi raises $2 billion as Uber rivalry intensifies  —  China's dominant mobile car-ride hailing company Didi Kuaidi said it raised $2 billion in a fundraising round as competition with U.S. rival Uber Technologies Inc heats up on its home turf.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Court rejects Intellectual Ventures appeal in Capital One case, citing ‘unpatentable abstract ideas’ … The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled against Intellectual Ventures in a dispute with Capital One Financial, finding that two of the company's patents were based on …
Stowe Boyd / Gigaom Research:
Gigaom Research is relaunching under new owner Knowingly; existing subscriptions to be extended four months  —  Rebooting Gigaom Research  —  On March 9 2015, Gigaom ceased operations because of the insolvency of Giga Omni, the corporation behind the scenes.
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Owen Williams / The Next Web:
Facebook tests floating videos, so you can scroll and watch at the same time  —  A new button that's quietly appeared on Facebook for some today allows video to be popped out from the newsfeed so you can keep watching as you scroll.  —  Once pressed, the video continues playing and floats …
Timothy J. Seppala / Engadget:
Sony's video game streaming service, PlayStation Now, gets its own Netflix-like UI  —  PlayStation Now's streaming app wants to be Netflix for games  —  PlayStation Now's all-you-can-play game subscription service launched back in January on PlayStation 4, but the method for actually playing those games has been kind of a nightmare.

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