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July 29, 2015, 1:55 PM

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Terry Myerson / Windows Blog:
Windows 10 Free Upgrade Available in 190 Countries Today  —  When we first unveiled Windows 10 in September, we outlined our plans for a new era of Windows.  We wanted to create a Windows that empowered people and organizations to do great things.  Our vision was one platform, one store …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Review: Windows 10 is the best version yet—once the bugs get fixed  —  Your very own personal assistant, a better browser... and something called the Start menu.  —  I'm more conflicted about Windows 10 than I have been about any previous version of Windows.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Katrina Brooker / Bloomberg Business:
How Goldman Sachs Became a Tech-Investing Powerhouse  —  “They weren't coming just to get wasted,” says Mel Cavaricci—aka DJ Mel—recalling the crowd milling in front of his sound table at a party in March.  It was at the height of the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) conference, held in Austin, Texas.
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Yahoo:
Yahoo unveils an audioless video messaging app called Livetext, launching in US, UK, Canada, Germany, and France tomorrow  —  Yahoo Livetext - A New Way to Connect  —  We're all walking around with a device in our pockets, primarily to communicate with others.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CBS Will Live-Stream Super Bowl Ads In Big Move For Media Industry  —  TV's most memorable and most-watched commercials will no longer be relegated to the TV set.  —  For nearly half a century, the only way for the average consumer to see all the glitzy commercials that accompanied …
Ariha Setalvad / The Verge:
Facebook is testing out LinkedIn-style profile tags  —  Facebook seems to be taking a cue from LinkedIn and is early in the process of testing a new feature — profile tags.  —  Verge reader Luke M. alerted us to Facebook's new profile tags feature, and the company confirmed it was testing …
Jonathan Vanian / Fortune:
Twilio raises $130M Series E led by Fidelity and T. Rowe Price, valuing it at over $1B  —  Twilio lands $130 million to make it easier to communicate via software  —  There's money to be had in the online communications marketplace.  —  San Francisco-based Twilio, a cloud-based communication …
Alex Rosenblat / Motherboard:
Study shows that Uber's app for passengers doesn't reliably show the exact locations of drivers, likely as a side-effect of forecasting supply  —  Uber's Phantom Cabs  —  When Heather*, a driver who has been working for Uber for about eight months, opened up the passenger app a few weeks ago …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Nokia's Ozo is a 360 degree VR camera for professionals with fast low-res rendering for rapid playback, price expected to be in the mid-five figures  —  Nokia reveals Ozo, a futuristic new camera for filming virtual reality  —  When Microsoft bought Nokia's handset business in 2013, two big questions hovered above all.
Sarah Kessler / Fast Company:
Vine is less about users sharing life moments, more about content creators using it to entertain viewers  —  Vine's Quiet, Stealthy Pivot  —  The video app is no longer all about sharing.  “It's more like the entertainment industry,” Jason Mante, Vine's head of UX, tells us.
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Twitter added just 2M MAUs in Q2, excluding “SMS Fast Followers”  —  Twitter Asks for More Time to Fix Things — And Freaks Out Wall Street  —  Twitter added just two million new core users last quarter, and while it also beat Wall Street revenue estimates, investors still aren't buying the Twitter story.
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