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Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch: Twitter Acquires Password Security Startup Mitro, Open Sources Its Product  —  Twitter is acquiring a small password security startup called Mitro for its New York office.  Mitro built a way that multiple people can share or control passwords to a single account.

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Larry Neumeister / Associated Press: NY judge, ruling against Microsoft, says US warrant can access email stored in Ireland  —  NEW YORK — A judge has ruled against Microsoft Corp., saying U.S. law enforcement can force the company to turn over emails it stores in Ireland.  —  Loretta Preska, a federal judge in New York …

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Brad Molen / Engadget: With Qi wireless charging, you'll soon be able to charge your device from a short distance  —  It's becoming more and more common to find mobile devices with wireless charging capability, either as a built-in feature or integrated into third-party cases.  Progress has been somewhat hampered …

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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times: C.I.A. Admits Penetrating Senate Intelligence Computers  —  WASHINGTON — An internal investigation by the Central Intelligence Agency has found that its officers improperly penetrated a computer network used by the Senate Intelligence Committee in preparing its report on the C.I.A.'s detention and interrogation program.

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Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch: Timeful, The Khosla And Kleiner Backed Time Management App, Launches On iOS  —  For months now, there's been a stealthy buzz around a startup called Timeful.  Attracting a nearly $7 million pre-launch Series A round from the likes of Khosla Ventures, Data Collective, and Kleiner Perkins certainly seemed …

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Erin Griffith / Fortune: Palantir snaps up Propeller — its second deal this week  —  Until this week, Palantir Technologies, a Palo Alto-based data analytics company, wasnt much of an acquirer.  Despite having raised $896 million in venture capital, at a $9 billion valuation, and generating more than $500 million in revenue …

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Dan Rayburn / StreamingMediaBlog.com: Apple's CDN Now Live: Has Paid Deals With ISPs, Massive Capacity In Place  —  Since last year, Apple's been hard at work building out their own CDN and now those efforts are paying off.  Recently, Apple's CDN has gone live in the U.S. and Europe and the company is now delivering some of their own content, directly to consumers.

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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch: Indiegogo Goes Mobile With International Launch Of iOS App  —  Ever since Indiegogo raised that massive $40 million Series B this year, the crowdfunding platform has been laser-focused on building out its mobile presence.  In fact, CEO Slava Rubin said in an interview with TechCrunch recently …

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Ben Woods / The Next Web: Twitter transparency report: Account info requests up 46%, still no national security breakdown  —  Twitter has published its fifth transparency report, revealing that the number of requests it receives from different countries around the world is continuing to climb, up 46 percent since its last report in February.

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Ben Fox Rubin / CNET: iFixit's Oculus Rift teardown finds Samsung display, 40 LEDs  —  The repair-guide website uncovers a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 display inside the second-generation virtual-reality headset prototype.  —  Inside the Oculus Rift DK2 prototype.  —  iFixit  —  If you're one of the lucky few …

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Wall Street Journal: France's Iliad Makes Bid for T-Mobile US  —  Bid Counters Earlier Offer From Sprint Corp.  —  French upstart telecommunications company Iliad SA has made an offer for T-Mobile US Inc., in a bold bid to counter an offer for the country's fourth-largest wireless carrier by Sprint Corp. , said people familiar with the matter.

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Andy Greenberg / Wired: USB security fundamentally broken, malware in firmware can take over Macs/PCs, no easy fix  —  Why the Security of USB Is Fundamentally Broken  —  Computer users pass around USB sticks like silicon business cards.  Although we know they often carry malware infections …

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Liam Tung / ZDNet: IBM snaps up Italian cloud security vendor CrossIdeas  —  Summary: IBM is adding more troops for its assault on the enterprise security market - this time with an Italian vendor giving it tools to handle segregation of duties.  —  Liam Tung  —  IBM has acquired CrossIdeas …

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Runtastic's $120 Orbit Fitness Tracker Prizes Function And Features Over Fashion  —  Runtastic is doing the reverse of what many startups are doing these days: it's going from being a software platform provider to becoming a hardware maker with the Runtastic Orbit fitness tracker.

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Nick Summers / The Next Web: PlayStation Now game streaming service hits open beta today on PS4 in the US and Canada  —  Sony is launching a public beta for its PlayStation Now video game streaming initiative in the US and Canada today (July 31).  —  For now, the service will be available exclusively on the PlayStation 4 …

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Parmy Olson / Forbes: Xiaomi now world's fifth largest smartphone maker; Android captures record 85% market share in Q2  —  China's Xiaomi Becomes World's 5th Largest Smartphone Maker  —  Global smartphone sales are still growing, but the market's star performer in the last three months wasn't Apple or even Samsung.

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors: Shazam Brings Always-On Music and TV Recognition to Mac With Free Menu Bar App  —  Music recognition service Shazam, which was one of the early App Store hits and has continued to see good success on mobile platforms, is now bringing its services to the desktop in the form of the first music, TV show, and ad recognition app for Mac.

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Sophie Knight / Reuters: Sony warns smartphone weakness will brake profit progress after first-quarter surge  —  (Reuters) - Japan's Sony Corp warned it doesn't now expect to make money on smartphones this year, citing weak demand, as the consumer electronics maker said restructuring will still help it turn a profit on its TVs after 10 years of losses.

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Ina Fried / Re/code: T-Mobile Adds 1.5 Million More Customers, Swings to Profit on Spectrum Sale  —  T-Mobile said Thursday that it added a further 1.5 million customers to its network in the second quarter, adding more than a million customers for the fifth straight quarter.  —  The company posted a net profit …

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Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal: Google Will Add Ratings to Search-Results Ads So They Look More Like Amazon  —  Google is prodding merchants to provide more information to make its search results more effective-and more like Amazon.  The question is whether merchants will play ball.  —  In a blog post Tuesday …

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David Pierce / The Verge: Lytro Illum review: an expensive, flawed, buggy glimpse of the future of photography  —  Lytro Illum review: this is the camera of the future  —  It's almost time to forget everything you ever knew about photography  —  Ten minutes into using the Lytro Illum, I'm throwing out everything I've ever learned about photography.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Internet.Org's App With Free Access To Facebook, Google, Wikipedia, Local Info Launches In Zambia  —  85% of the 5 billion people without Internet simply can't afford data plans.  So Facebook's accessibility initiative Internet.org today launches its Android and web app for the developing world …

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: NomadPlus Transforms an Apple Charger Into a Portable Battery  —  Nomad, the company behind the pocket-sized NomadKey iPhone cable, today debuted the NomadPlus, a product that transforms an Apple charger into a portable battery pack.  —  While there are hundreds of different portable battery options …

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Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle: Medical marijuana delivery service Eaze launches in SF, hoping to be the “Uber of pot”  —  Medical marijuana users link to delivery services with Eaze  —  Deliveries will be free for patients, with driver fees and Eaze paid by dispensaries in exchange for gaining new business.

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Josh Ong / The Next Web: Google releases the source code for its I/O 2014 app as a template for developers  —  Google today published the source code for its I/O 2014 app in hopes of teaching developers some of its best practices for Android apps.  —  While you may have used the I/O 2014 app to plan your schedule at the conference …

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