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July 14, 2015, 12:40 PM

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Noah Kulwin / Re/code:
Reddit's chief engineer Bethanye Blount quits after less than two months on the job; claims loss of confidence in the direction of the company  —  Reddit Chief Engineer Bethanye Blount Quits After Less Than Two Months on the Job  —  Reddit's chief engineer Bethanye Blount quit just days …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Martin Brinkmann / gHacks Technology News:
Mozilla deactivates all versions of Adobe Flash in Firefox by default, until Adobe patches security issues  —  Mozilla blocks all versions of Adobe Flash in Firefox  —  Mozilla has added all versions of Adobe Flash up to the most recent version 18.0.0.203 to the Firefox blocklist.
Nokia:
Nokia may bring back mobile phones, but only through brand-licensing model, and not earlier than Q4 2016 because of Microsoft agreement  —  Nokia comments on media speculation about mobile devices  —  The following has been posted by Robert Morlino, spokesman for Nokia Technologies
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
News sites are getting slower: the New York Times takes 4 mins and 2MB of data download to view one story  —  News Sites Are Fatter and Slower Than Ever  —  An analysis of download times highlights how poorly designed news sites are.  That's more evidence of poor implementation of ads... and a strong case for ad blockers.
More: Beyond SearchTweets: @filloux
Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:
Facebook testing Moneypenny, a personal assistant inside Messenger that consults real people for help researching and ordering products, among other tasks  —  Facebook is working on a digital assistant named Moneypenny to help you find and buy products  —  Facebook Messenger is getting …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google About To Reopen Map Maker, Largely Outsourcing Moderation  —  After the recent rash of map vandalism and other map mischief that caused Google to shut down Map Maker, the company is getting ready to reopen it.  Simultaneously Google is instituting a new moderation procedure that will rely …
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Apple Pay lands in the UK, some major banks missing  —  Apple's mobile payments service, available in the US since October, has expanded across the pond — but some of the announced partners aren't on board.
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
FanDuel raises $275M round led by KKR, source says at a valuation well over $1B  —  FanDuel Raises $275 Million, Births Unicorn  —  FanDuel, one of the two major players in the budding daily fantasy sports industry, has raised $275 million in new venture funding.
Bloomberg Business:
China's campaign to build a database on Americans began with hacking travel records in 2013; recent OPM breach was part of the same campaign  —  Hacked in the U.S.A.: China's Not-So-Hidden Infiltration Op  —  The vast cyber-attack in Washington began with, of all things, travel reservations.

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