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July 21, 2015, 9:40 AM

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Giuseppe Macri / InsideSources:
Group of big Silicon Valley firms, including Facebook, Google, Dell, HP, and eBay, filed amicus brief siding with Samsung in Apple patent case  —  Silicon Valley's Biggest Companies Take Samsung's Side in Apple Patent Fight  —  A group of Silicon Valley's biggest companies including Facebook …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
The open web can't flourish if vendors don't work towards closing the rendering performance gap between desktop and mobile web browsers  —  The mobile web sucks  —  I hate browsing the web on my phone.  —  I do it all the time, of course — we all do.  Just looking at the stats for The Verge …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple hires former Fiat Chrysler SVP Doug Betts who led global quality  —  Apple Hires Auto Industry Manufacturing Veteran  —  Hiring of Doug Betts may be signal that efforts to develop electric car may be gaining ground  —  Apple Inc. has hired one of the auto industry's veteran manufacturing executives …
Bloomberg Business:
Toshiba Executives Resign Over $1.2 Billion Accounting Scandal … Toshiba Corp. President Hisao Tanaka and two other executives quit to take responsibility for a $1.2 billion accounting scandal that caused the company to restate earnings for more than six years.
AnandTech:
Apple Watch review: best wearable ever, but hard to recommend this first generation version  —  The Apple Watch Review  —  Prior to the launch of the Apple Watch, there had been rumors that Apple would make a watch for quite some time.  In a broader sense, the wearables industry has become …
Mark Bergen / Re/code:
Profile of Omid Kordestani, Google's chief business officer, who has the absolute trust of Larry Page  —  ‘The Soul of Google’: What the Return of Omid Kordestani Says About the Mountain View Monolith  —  It is no exaggeration to say that Omid Kordestani may be the most likable person in Silicon Valley.
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David Pierce / Wired:
Inside Spotify's Hunt for the Perfect Playlist  —  What kind of music do you listen to?  Your answer is probably something like, “Oh, a little bit of everything.”  Or maybe, “Anything but country and metal.”  (And polka.  Everybody hates polka.)  The honest truth is, you probably don't know.
Anthony Clark / Local News from The Gainesville Sun:
Grooveshark co-founder Josh Greenberg, 28, found dead at home; no evidence of foul play, injuries or drugs found  —  Grooveshark co-founder, 28, found dead in home  —  Grooveshark co-founder Josh Greenberg, a pioneer in Gainesville's student startup movement, was found dead in his bed Sunday …
CNN:
Drones interfere with wildfire-fighting efforts in Los Angeles  —  California wildfires 11 photos  —  Smoke from a wildfire rises above Interstate 15 on the Cajon Pass, on July 15 near San Bernardino.  —  Hide Caption 7 of 11  —  The scorched remains of a truck destroyed by the North Fire …
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Microsoft releases emergency patch for Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, RT, Server 2008 and later; vulnerability also affects Windows 10 Preview  —  Microsoft releases emergency patch for all versions of Windows  —  The flaw, affecting Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1, can allow a hacker to take over a machine.

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