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July 17, 2015, 10:00 PM

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Carmel DeAmicis / Re/code:
Homejoy shuts down, unable to raise a large enough round after facing slow growth  —  Homejoy Shuts Down After Battling Worker Classification Lawsuits  —  Cleaning services company Homejoy is shutting down on July 31 after struggling to raise a big enough round of funding.
Re/code:
Google Hires Tech Team From Homejoy, Readies Leap Into Home Services Market  —  Google is preparing to stomp into yet another market: Home services.  To do so, the search giant is scooping up the technical team behind Homejoy, the startup that connected online users with professional cleaners.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Hulu exploring an ad-free option for about $12-$14/month, launching as early as fall  —  Hulu Explores Adding Ad-Free Option to Its Service  —  Option could launch as early as this fall and be priced at around $12 to $14 a month  —  Hulu is exploring plans to add an advertising-free option …
Tim Anderson / The Register:
Windows 10 updates will be automatic and mandatory for Home edition  —  Windows 10: You'll get UPDATES LIKE IT or NOT - unless you have Enterprise Edition  —  ‘You agree to receive automatic updates without notice’  —  Microsoft's licensing on the upcoming Windows 10 OS means that most users …
Callie Bost / Bloomberg Business:
Google's stock closes up 16%, adding $65B to its market capitalization, the biggest one-day gain in value ever for a US company  —  Google Adds a Record $60 Billion to Its Stock in One Day  —  Google Inc. just gave its investors the biggest present ever.  —  The search-engine giant added …
TechCrunch:
Yahoo quietly launches Livetext, combining mobile messaging with silent live video, in Hong Kong's iTunes store  —  Yahoo Quietly Launches A New “Video Texting” Mobile Messaging App On iTunes  —  Yahoo has been rumored to be working on a revamped messenger app for a while now …
iFixit:
iPod touch 6th-gen teardown: slightly more repairable and double the RAM of last model at 1GB  —  iPod Touch 6th Generation Teardown  —  Teardown  —  Teardowns provide a look inside a device and should not be used as disassembly instructions.  —  Featured Guide
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Filmmaker Casey Neistat's Beme video sharing app aims for authenticity by not letting users review the ephemeral four-second videos they send  —  The Debut of Casey Neistat's Beme, a Social App That Aims for Authenticity  —  Casey Neistat isn't as handsome as in his Facebook profile picture.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Reddit CEO's proposed content policy reworks old ideologies of past CEOs and lacks specifics that could help root out harassment  —  Nothing Ever Changes At Reddit  —  This afternoon, some indeterminate yet undoubtedly enormous number of real human beings gathered around their computers …

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