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July 24, 2015, 12:00 AM

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Samantha Murphy Kelly / Mashable:
Apple yanks Google's Nest smart thermostat from website and retail stores  —  You can no longer purchase Google's popular smart thermostat on Apple's online store or at its retail locations.  —  Apple confirmed to Mashable it has pulled the web-connected product — considered …
Aaron Tilley / Forbes:
Business Wire:
Amazon.com Announces Second Quarter Sales up 20% to $23.18 Billion  —  SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2015.  —  Operating cash flow increased 69% to $8.98 billion for the trailing twelve months …
Daniel Rubino / Windows Central:
Sources: Microsoft is working on 5.2" and 5.7" Lumia phones with iris scanners, 20MP PureView cameras, USB Type-C, optional Surface Pen for bigger Lumia  —  Microsoft's Cityman and Talkman flagship Lumia phones and what you need to know  —  Over the last few weeks, rumors …
Julia Boorstin / CNBC:
Meerkat to launch feature on iOS that lets GoPro3 and, soon, GoPro4 owners stream from camera  —  Meerkat launches GoPro integration  —  Streaming video app Meerkat will now allow some GoPro owners to stream directly from their cameras—the first time Meerkat has extended the ability to broadcast beyond a mobile device.
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announces redesigned mobile app at Vidcon, says watch time is up 60%, mobile revenue grew 100%, partner revenue is up 50% YoY  —  YouTube Gets Mobile Redesign, New “Diamond” View Buttons & Courts Creators  —  Talk aimed at thousands of video content creators and producers gathered at the annual event.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Brings Its 360-Degree Movies App, Spotlight Stories, To iOS  —  Google Spotlight Stories, a mobile app featuring immersive, 360 degree animated films originally developed by Motorola ahead of its 2011 Google acquisition, has now made its way to iOS devices.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Selfie App Frontback To Shut Down On August 15th After Two Years  —  It was a simple premise during the height of the selfie hype: take a photo of yourself as well as what's in front of you.  It was called a “frontback.”  —  Now it's called “an idea that never really got super traction.”
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google Offers To Give Away Patents To Startups In Its Push Against Patent Trolls  —  Back in April, Google launched a pop-up, temporary marketplace for companies to sell patents, with Google being the sole buyer.  Today, the search and mobile giant is expanding that marketplace in the other direction …
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
Palantir's SEC filing confirms it has issued $500M worth of stock, raised $450M so far in the latest financing round  —  Confirmed: Palantir raised a huge $450 million investment  —  Palantir just disclosed in an SEC form that it has raised a huge round of investment.
Michael Zhang / PetaPixel:
Flickr Pro is back: $5.99/month or $49.99/year for a Pro badge, better analytics, and no ads  —  Flickr Bringing Back Pro: Pay to Get Badge, Analytics, and No Ads  —  Flickr is bringing back Pro memberships.  Today the photo sharing service announced that paid subscription plans are returning for both existing and new members.
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
Comcast now has more broadband customers than it does TV subscribers, 22.5M vs 22.3M  —  Comcast has finally become an Internet-first company  —  Comcast may have begun as a television provider that later tacked on an Internet business, but now those positions have finally reversed …

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