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Philip Cosores / Radio.com: Prince Removes Music From All Streaming Services Except TIDAL  —  This week people have been paying attention to streaming services since the launch of Apple Music on Tuesday, June 30.  And it appears like one of music's biggest artists is opting out completely.

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Dan Levine / Reuters: Ex-DEA agent Carl Force pleads guilty to stealing bitcoins during Silk Road investigation  —  Former U.S. agent pleads guilty to bitcoin theft in Silk Road probe  —  A former federal agent pleaded guilty on Wednesday to stealing bitcoins during the government's investigation of Silk Road …

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Alex Sherman / Bloomberg Business: Yelp Sale Process Said to Stall as Founder Decides to Wait  —  Yelp Inc., which hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to find a buyer, has temporarily decided not to pursue a sale, people with knowledge of the matter said.  —  The consumer-review website has had several interested suitors …

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Terry Myerson / Windows Blog: Microsoft details Windows 10 rollout plan: Windows Insiders will be first, rest will be in phases  —  Windows 10: Preparing to Upgrade One Billion Devices  —  With around four weeks to go before Windows 10 becomes available, I thought it would be helpful to provide some context on how we will roll-out Windows 10 to the world.

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Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal: Hewlett-Packard officially files to split, details its two new companies, HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise  —  Hewlett-Packard Officially Files to Split  —  Tech giant details its two new companies, HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprises  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. on Wednesday filed paperwork …

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Ian King / Bloomberg Business: Intel President Renée James stepping down to seek CEO role elsewhere  —  Intel President James Steps Down to Seek CEO Role Elsewhere … Intel Corp. President Renée James will step down to seek appointment as chief executive officer elsewhere in a reshuffle …

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Chris Welch / The Verge: Some Apple Music users are seeing duplicate songs, incorrect track metadata, and other issues after enabling iCloud Music Library  —  Apple Music has an iCloud problem  —  I really like Apple Music.  Everything from the setup process (I kept hitting “more artists” until I couldn't anymore) …

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Andy Greenberg / Wired: ProxyHam is a “hardware proxy” that puts you a mile away from your IP address using a 900MHz radio connection  —  This Online Anonymity Box Puts You a Mile Away From Your IP Address  —  In the game of anonymity-versus-surveillance online, the discovery of the user's IP address usually means game over.

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Dick Costolo / Guardian: Twitter helped open access to information, people, and power, and that access should be used responsibly and with empathy  —  why tech firms are set to face complex ethical issues  —  After nearly five years the Twitter CEO is standing down.  He explains why it wants to champion the underserved …

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Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle: City of San Francisco to create short term rental office to streamline Airbnb host registrations and investigate law violators  —  S.F. to create city office to enforce Airbnb law  —  San Francisco will take a carrot-and-stick approach to vacation rentals, making it easier for hosts …

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Xiaomi Sold 34.7M Smartphones In First Half Of 2015, Up 33% Year-On-Year  —  Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi today confirmed that it sold just shy of 35 million phones in the first half of this year. … Xiaomi, which is valued at $45 billion and is the world's third largest exporter of phones …

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Reuters: Sources: FCC to approve AT&T's $48.5B DirecTV acquisition with conditions as soon as next week  —  U.S. approval of AT&T-DirecTV deal expected as soon as next week: sources  —  AT&T Inc's (T.N) proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV (DTV.O) is expected to get U.S. regulatory approval …

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Micah Singleton / The Verge: Facebook has held early talks with the major music labels, future plans may involve the company's video platform  —  Facebook is talking with music labels, but why?  —  Facebook has held talks with the major labels about “getting into music,” multiple sources tell The Verge.

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Todd Spangler / Variety: Hulu reaches deal to distribute its ad-supported content on Pluto TV's website, which presents online video in a TV-like programming grid  —  Hulu to Deliver Free TV Shows, Movies via Pluto TV Service (Exclusive)  —  Startup Pluto TV also reaches deals with Jukin Media, Shout!

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Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal: Google Mistakenly Tags Black People as ‘Gorillas,’ Showing Limits of Algorithms  —  Google is a leader in artificial intelligence and machine learning.  But the company's computers still have a lot to learn, judging by a major blunder by its Photos app this week.

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Josh Horwitz / Quartz: Apple Music costs far less than $10/month in some countries, just $2/month in India  —  Apple Music is just $2 per month in India—80% cheaper than the US … Apple tends to not care much about price competitiveness.  Without telco subsidies, which typically occur only in rich countries …

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Jose Pagliery / CNNMoney: MasterCard to test approving online purchases this fall with fingerprint and face scanning  —  MasterCard will approve purchases by scanning your face  —  This fall, MasterCard will start experimenting with a new program: approving online purchases with a facial scan.

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Aaron Wall / SEO Book: Yahoo is testing Google-powered search results and ads  —  Yahoo! Search Testing Google Search Results  —  Search PandaMonium  —  A couple days ago Microsoft announced a deal with AOL to have AOL sell Microsoft display ads & for Bing to power AOL's organic search results and paid search ads for a decade starting in January.

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Eugene Kim / Business Insider: PayPal drops $890 million on Xoom, a service for transferring money around the world  —  PayPal is acquiring digital money transfer service Xoom for roughly $890 million.  PayPal is paying $25 per share, putting about 32% premium Xoom's 3 month weighted average price.  —  Xoom's shares are up about 7.3% in after hours.

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Sony Launches A Crowdfunding Site For Projects From Its Employees In Japan  —  Sony has dabbled with crowdfunding in the past — using sites to float an e-ink watch and mesh sensor kit — but now the Japanese company is making a big play in the space after launching its own site for crowdfunded projects.

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Joseph Ax / Reuters: U.S. judge signs off on Sprint's $50 million ‘cramming’ settlement  —  A U.S. judge signed off on Tuesday on a $50 million settlement between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Sprint Corp over claims the mobile carrier added unauthorized charges to customer phone bills.

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Ryan Whitwam / Android Police: Yahoo takes on Google Now with a new update to its Aviate Launcher for Android  —  Aviate Launcher Updated To v3.0 With A More Conventional Look And New ‘Smart Stream’ Page  —  Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan.

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Richard Nieva / CNET: Smartphone ‘kill switch’ law takes effect in California  —  Starting July 1, smartphones sold in the state must come with software that lets users lock a stolen phone so it can't be used, making it harder to resell.  Crime statistics show the tech is already working.

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Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal: Facebook tweaks its logo to be more mobile-friendly, reducing fuzziness and increasing legibility on phones  —  Facebook's New Logo: Can You Spot the Difference?  —  Blink and you'll miss the tweak Facebook is making to its logo Tuesday.  —  The letters are thinner.  There's more white space.

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Russell Brandom / The Verge: Chicago's 9% cloud tax now applies to “electronically delivered amusements” like Netflix as well as “nonpossessory computer leases” which could include AWS  —  Chicago's ‘cloud tax’ makes Netflix and other streaming services more expensive

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