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Abby Phillip / Washington Post: Wikipedia blocks anonymous edits (and trolling) from a congressional IP address  —  A Wikipedia administrator has blocked anonymous edits from a congressional IP address for 10 days because of “disruptive” edits being made by someone located in the House of Representatives, a spokesman for the Wikimedia Foundation confirmed.

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: Pandora Q2 Tops Expectations Slightly With $218.9M In Revenue, But Its Stock Is Falling  —  Pandora came in barely ahead of analyst estimates in its just-released second quarter earnings report.  —  The streaming music company reported revenue of $218.9 million (up 38 percent on a non-GAAP basis) …

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Amazon: Amazon.com Announces Second Quarter Sales up 23% to $19.34 Billion  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2014.  —  Operating cash flow increased 18% to $5.33 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $4.53 billion …

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Ernesto / TorrentFreak: Pirate Bay Launches Mobile Site, Teases More Expansions  —  One of The Pirate Bay's strengths has been its resilience.  No matter how hard the movie and music industries try, the site remains operational.  —  Over the years the Pirate Bay site has undergone many changes to make it harder to shut down.

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Steve Dent / Engadget: IFTTT's recipe-powered automation now works with Square mobile payments  —  Consumers have been automating apps with IFTTT (If This Then That) for awhile by, say, backing up Instagram photos to Dropbox whenever they snap a photo.  Now, businesses will be able to take advantage of IFTTT directly from the Square mobile payment app.

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: Facebook and Uber Discuss Integration of Car Service Into Messenger  —  Mark Zuckerberg must be looking to Asia for inspiration for the kind of platform Facebook Messenger could become.  —  Here's one idea: An integration with popular car-hailing service Uber that would be beneficial to both and, presumably, their users.

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Bloomberg: Zillow seeking to acquire Trulia for up to $2 billion, combining the two most-visited US real estate sites  —  Zillow Said to Be Seeking to Buy Rival Real-Estate Site Trulia  —  Zillow Inc. is seeking to acquire rival Trulia Inc., people with knowledge of the matter said …

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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac: Apple releases OS X Yosemite Public Beta  —  Apple has started sending out OS X Yosemite builds for Beta Program, as announced yesterday.  The build is being sent out to a million Beta Program members.  Participants can get a redemption code from the site, to redeem in the Mac App Store.

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Andy Greenberg / Wired: How Hackers Hid a Money-Mining Botnet in Amazon's Cloud  —  Hackers have long used malware to enslave armies of unwitting PCs, but security researchers Rob Ragan and Oscar Salazar had a different thought: Why steal computing power from innocent victims when there's so much free processing power out there for the taking?

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Mark Hearn / 9to5Google: Google switching Chrome to its homemade BoringSSL to make its browser safer  —  Google has exhausted a lot of resources patching up OpenSSL, so much in fact, the company has elected to create its own fork aptly named BoringSSL.  Preparing to move the platform to Chrome …

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Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal: Digital Whiteboard Trello Spins Out of Fog Creek With $10.3M  —  For the second time, Fog Creek Software Inc. has spun out a company—Trello Inc., an internal project management tool that became so popular, according to the founders, it needed to exist on its own.

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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom: Chromecast has been used 400M times to ‘cast’ sessions to TVs since it launched a year ago  —  Chromecast turns one: why this small streaming stick became such a big deal  —  A year after launch, Chromecast streaming sticks have been used 400 million times to cast media to TVs.

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Tracey Lien / Polygon: Sony agrees to $15M settlement in 2011 data breach class action  —  Sony today agreed to a $15 million preliminary settlement in a class action lawsuit over its 2011 data breach, which led to the theft of names, addresses and possibly credit card data belonging to 77 million user accounts.

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Richard Lawler / Engadget: The new $350 Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is now shipping  —  We were expecting to see the new iteration of the Oculus Rift arrive on developer's doorsteps earlier this month, but unfortunately it hit a couple of delays.  Road to VR points out a Reddit thread where pre-orderers confirmed …

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Ravi Somaiya / New York Times: Josh Topolsky of The Verge Is Joining Bloomberg  —  Josh Topolsky, the co-founder of the technology website The Verge, will join Bloomberg as the editor of a series of new online ventures it is introducing as part of a revamped journalism strategy.  —  Mr. Topolsky will start Aug. 4 …

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: Up to 50,000 sites commandeered via exploit of vulnerability in MailPoet WordPress plugin  —  Mass exploit of WordPress plugin backdoors sites running Joomla, Magento, too  —  As many as 50,000 websites have been remotely commandeered by attackers exploiting a recently patched vulnerability …

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Sarah Frier / Bloomberg: Facebook stock surges to record high of $76 in early trading, doubling its IPO price  —  Facebook Shares Surge to Record as Mobile Ads Fuel Gains  —  Mark Zuckerberg is staring down naysayers who hammered Facebook Inc.'s stock after its debut two years ago, as shares surged to a record today.

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Timothy J. Seppala / Engadget: Google Voice offers web-based calls through Hangouts, no G+ profile needed  —  The rumor is that eventually we're going to see Google Voice merged completely into Hangouts, and that's getting even closer to becoming reality.  You can now make phone calls via Hangouts directly from the Google Voice website, no Google+ necessary.

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Nick Summers / The Next Web: Duolingo launches Test Center, a $20 alternative to standardized language exams  —  Duolingo today launched Test Center, its own English language certification exam that can be taken on the Web or an Android device.  —  The fresh alternative to standardized language tests was first announced …

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Exodus Intelligence: Security firm finds de-anonymizing zero-day vulnerability in Tails OS popularized by Snowden  —  Silver Bullets and Fairy Tails  —  Introduction  —  This week we made mention on Twitter of a zero-day vulnerability we've unearthed that affects the popular Tails operating system.

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Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code: HP Makes $50 Million Strategic Investment in Hortonworks  —  To the steadily growing list of big companies making strategic investments in the open source big data platform known as Hadoop, you can now add computing giant Hewlett-Packard.  —  Re/code has learned that HP today will announce …

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Charlie Osborne / ZDNet: European Central Bank suffers security breach, personal data stolen  —  Summary: The European Central Bank's website has been hacked and personal information has been stolen by a cybercriminal.  —  The European Central Bank (ECB) admitted Thursday that a security breach has led to the theft of personal data.

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Samsung Backs GamePop As BlueStacks Adds $13M In New Funding  —  Samsung's venture arm has contributed to a round of funding that adds $13 million to the total raised by BlueStacks, the virtualization startup that debuted its GamePop platform earlier this year to offer over-the-top mobile gaming for living room and TVs.

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Ina Fried / Re/code: LG Shipped 14.5 Million Smartphones in Q2, up 20 Percent, As Phone Business Turned a Profit  —  Korea's LG Electronics said on Wednesday that its mobile unit turned profitable in the second quarter as the company shipped a record 14.5 million smartphones, up 20 percent year-over-year.

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Josh Ong / The Next Web: Google Maps challenges Foursquare with new Explore feature on Android and iOS  —  Google announced today the addition of an Explore Nearby button for Google Maps on iOS and Android.  The featuring is rolling out “starting this week.”  —  The new feature expands the Google Maps as more than just your go-to app for directions.

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