July 19, 2015, 4:30 PM

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Ina Fried / Re/code:
China's Xiaomi Building Patent ‘War Chest’ in Preparation for U.S. Launch  —  Xiaomi international head Hugo Barra said on Thursday that the Chinese electronics company is looking to file more patents and strike more deals ahead of a launch into the U.S. market.
Washington Post:
Why the Islamic State leaves tech companies torn between free speech and security  —  The Islamic State and its supporters use social media to post propaganda and recruit followers.  The Washington Post takes a closer look at how several groups in the United States monitor this activity.
Aileen Lee / TechCrunch:
Welcome To The Unicorn Club, 2015: Learning From Billion-Dollar Companies  —  It's been over a year since we wrote our original post sharing our analysis of the last decade's most successful U.S.-based, venture-backed tech companies.  —  As we wrote in our original post - many entrepreneurs …
Roy Goldenberg / Globes Online:
Microsoft reportedly buying Israeli cloud security startup Adallom for around $320M  —  Microsoft buys Israeli cloud security co Adallom for $320m  —  With its development center in Tel Aviv, the cyber security company has raised $49.5 million to date.  —  Microsoft Inc. (Nasdaq: MSFT) …
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Cho Mu-hyun / ZDNet:
Hands-on with Samsung Pay, the mobile payments system Samsung recently began testing in South Korea  —  Samsung Pay beta test shows promise, but the evolution must continue  —  Samsung has begun beta testing its mobile payment system Samsung Pay in its home country of South Korea.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
0-day attacks exploiting Flash just got harder thanks to new defenses  —  Flash mitigations now fully baked into Chrome; coming to other browsers soon.  —  A string of weaponized attacks targeting Adobe's Flash media player—including three in the past 10 days—has kept software engineers scrambling …
Chris Velazco / Engadget:
HTC cancels previously unveiled Grip fitness band that was slated for a Spring 2015 launch  —  HTC won't ship the Grip after all, but its fitness ambition lives on  —  Hey, remember that time HTC built a fitness tracker (with a little help from Under Armor) and showed it off in Barcelona?

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