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July 29, 2015, 10:55 AM

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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:
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 …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Sources say Twitter's list of outside CEO candidates is lacking, pointing to Dorsey or Bain, with Bain in lead because of Dorsey's Square commitment  —  Adam Bain Is Soooo Nice, Jack Dorsey's Hamlet Act and Other Things You Need to Know About the Twitter CEO Search
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
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.
More: Bloomberg ViewTweets: @fazz
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Amazon unveils a proposal for drone-only airspace that would allow for high-speed delivery  —  Amazon provides new details on its plan for a drone superhighway in the sky  —  When I arrived in San Jose last night, the newspaper on the front desk at the hotel had this headline splashed across …
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.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Coding bootcamps to graduate 16K students in 2015, up from 6,740 in 2014, almost one-third as many as all US Computer Science departments  —  As Tech Booms, Workers Turn to Coding for Career Change  —  SAN FRANCISCO — After Paul Minton graduated from college, he worked as a waiter, but always felt he should do more.
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.
Brian Crecente / Polygon:
Razer says it will pay what Ouya owes to indie devs  —  Razer will make good on more than $600,000 in funds potentially owed indie developers as part of Ouya's Free the Games initiative, the company's CEO tells Polygon.  —  Only about a quarter of the developers promised matching support …
Tony Romm / Politico:
How a federal agency mishandled $3.5B of stimulus money to expand rural broadband coverage and failed to deliver  —  Wired to fail  —  How a little known agency mishandled several billion dollars of stimulus money trying to expand broadband coverage to rural communities.
More: DSLreports
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 …

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