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July 10, 2017, 9:55 PM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft announces Microsoft 365 subscriptions for businesses with Office and Windows combined  —  Microsoft is announcing Microsoft 365 today, a new way for businesses to purchase Office and Windows together.  While the software giant has sold Office 365 and Windows 10 to businesses …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft Azure Stack hardware, which allows customers to run private instances of Azure in their datacenters, is ready to order from Dell EMC, HPE and Lenovo  —  Microsoft's first three server partners are starting to take orders for Microsoft's hybrid-computing Azure Stack appliances.
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Amazon has quietly rolled out free smart home consultation and $99 in-home product installation service in seven markets  —  The new service is aimed at educating customers about “the smart home” — and, naturally, about Alexa.  —  For 15 years, Best Buy's Geek Squad installation …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitter lets you avoid trolls with new settings options to mute newly registered users, people you don't follow, and people who don't follow you  —  When trolls barge into people's notifications with offensive replies or user names, those legitimate users might not keep coming back to Twitter.
Scott Stein / CNET:
Oculus drops Rift and Touch controller bundle price by $200 to $399 for the next 6 weeks, the second $200 price drop since March  —  The Oculus Rift and Touch controller bundle is $399 for the summer, months before Oculus' big fall event.  —  Facebook's Oculus Rift VR headset already got one price drop back in March.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Chinese government has told state-run telecoms to block individuals' access to VPNs by February 1, 2018  —  2018 deadline to stop individuals from accessing global web  —  Tightening controls come amid Xi's goal of “cyber-sovereignty”  —  China's government has told telecommunications carriers …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
News Media Alliance, with members including NYT, WaPo, and News Corp, seeks antitrust exemption from Congress to negotiate collectively with Google and Facebook  —  Google and Facebook continue to gobble up the digital advertising market, siphoning away revenue that once paid for the quality journalism …
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
Google plans to completely distrust certificates issued by WoSign and StartCom with its Chrome 61 release, following several instances of wrongly issued certs  —  When Chrome 61 is released, the Chinese CA and its subsidiary will be completely blacklisted.  —  Google has warned …

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