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Ben Woods / The Next Web: Amazon launches a portal dedicated to customizing and selling 3D-printed products  —  Amazon has introduced a new portal on its site that is designed to bring together and highlight 3D-printed products for sale on the platform.  —  The company said that the marketplace is home to more than …

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South China Morning Post: Microsoft China placed under official investigation as offices in four cities raided  —  Government investigators have been sent to the company's offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu  —  Main menu  —  You are here  —  The mainland's business authorities are investigating …

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Lee Fang / VICE: The Judges Approving the NSA's Surveillance Requests Keep Buying Verizon Stock  —  Drawing of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court at an Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) event in Germany last year.  Photo via Flickr user mlcastle, original drawing by Lindsay Young

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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post: Proliferation of new online communications services poses hurdles for law enforcement  —  Federal law enforcement and intelligence authorities say they are increasingly struggling to conduct court-ordered wiretaps on suspects because of a surge in chat services, instant messaging …

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Ben Gilbert / Engadget: The battle for virtual reality: Google, Samsung, Sony and Oculus VR  —  Back in June, Google revealed Cardboard: an open-source attempt at mobile virtual reality.  Heck, even the “hardware” is open source —here are instructions to make your own, right now!  —  But the concept is more than a low-tech solution to mobile VR.

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Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times: Zillow to Acquire Trulia for $3.5 Billion  —  For much of the last nine years, Zillow and Trulia have competed in the online real estate listings market they helped create.  —  But after a speedy six-week courtship, the two are set to combine forces.  —  Zillow agreed on Monday to buy Trulia …

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Zillow To Acquire Trulia In $3.5B Stock-For-Stock Deal  —  Zillow is going to acquire Trulia in a deal worth $3.5 billion in stock, according to the company.  The combination of these two real estate tech companies should secure Zillow's position as a market leader in the U.S. …

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Steve Dent / Engadget: Europe approves Apple's $3 billion takeover of Beats  —  Apple is official a step closer to owning Beats, as the $3 billion merger has just been cleared by European regulators.  The EU commission ruled that the merger “did not raise concerns because the combined (headphone) market share of Apple and Beats Electronics is low.”

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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times: Ultrapak external battery packs can grab a full charge for a standard smartphone in 15 minutes  —  How to Charge Your Phone in 15 Minutes  —  Say you've got 15 minutes in an airport between flights and your phone is nearly dead.  What do you do?  —  In the past, you had two choices.

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Kashmir Hill / Forbes: How Your Security System Could Be Hacked To Spy On You  —  On a recent Friday evening, Logan Lamb and his girlfriend turned up at a co-worker's birthday party in Knoxville, Tennessee with a 12-pack of cheap beer, 4 craft beers for the birthday boy, and some hacking tools, namely a software-defined radio …

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Lisa Fleisher / Wall Street Journal: European Startups Raise Highest Quarterly VC Financing Since 2001  —  LONDON—European startups have had a bumper few months, raising €2.1 billion (more than $2.8 billion) from venture-capital investors in the second quarter of 2014, the highest quarterly total since 2001, according to data from Dow Jones VentureSource.

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Liz Gannes / Re/code: Apple to Buy Radio App Swell for $30 Million  —  Apple is close to buying the Pandora-for-talk-radio app Swell, according to multiple sources.  —  The deal is worth about $30 million, these sources say.  —  Swell had raised $7.2 million from investors including DFJ, Google Ventures and InterWest Partners.

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Builtvisible: A history of the undersea cables that carry much of the world's international internet traffic  —  Messages in the Deep - The Remarkable Story of the Underwater Internet  —  In October of 1971, in the midst of the Cold War, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Halibut entered heavily guarded Russian waters in the Sea of Okhotsk.

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Darryl K. Taft / eWeek: Watson's first consumer-facing use: advising military members on transition to civilian life  —  USAA Taps IBM's Watson as Military Veterans Advisor  —  For the first consumer-facing application of IBM's Watson cognitive computing technology, USAA, the insurance and financial services firm …

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Mike Isaac / New York Times: Reddit, still unprofitable, looks to grow ad revenues without alienating users  —  Can Reddit Grow Up?  —  Since its founding nine years ago, Reddit has stuck to its own weird guns.  —  The site, where users find, share and talk about web links and photos, has been faithful to an antiquated design …

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac: Apple Stores to soon open up iPhone sales via AT&T Next, T-Mobile JUMP, & Verizon Edge  —  Apple is preparing a significant expansion of its iPhone sales capabilities in its official retail stores, according to sources.  Late in August, many Apple Stores in the United States will kick off …

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Ellen Huet / Forbes: Snapchat stars begin making lucrative advertising deals to create “authentic” branded content  —  Snaps To Riches: The Rise Of Snapchat Celebrities  —  Shaun McBride takes no risks when drawing a Snapchat.  He takes screenshots instead, to protect his works in progress in case of calamity.

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Will Oremus / Slate: Facebook's privacy pivot: Mark Zuckerberg's plan to win back trust  —  Why Mark Zuckerberg is trying to win back users' trust.  —  Remember when Mark Zuckerberg didn't believe in privacy?  When he argued that it was “no longer a social norm”?  When Facebook employees wouldn't even use the word …

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Robin Sloan / Medium: Why Minecraft is a phenomenon: it requires its players to co-create it  —  The secret of Minecraft  —  And its challenge to the rest of us  —  It's almost inevitable: I encounter Minecraft somewhere online—it's easy to do, because there's a lot of Minecraft out there—and I end up convinced I'm doing the wrong thing with my life.

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac: Amazon apparently set to launch Square competitor next month as it preps biometric payment tools  —  Amazon could be preparing to launch its own mobile credit card reading hardware in the coming weeks, according to internal Staples documents hinting at such a launch that we've obtained.

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Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post: As broader immigration reform stalls, Y Combinator lobbies for expanding O1A visas to founders accepted into incubators  —  With immigration reform off the agenda, some in tech turn to plan B  —  Maybe we can't reform the whole immigration system, but the startup world just wants this one thing.

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security: Behind “GoodGoogle”, a service for depleting your competitor's AdWord budget via click fraud  —  Service Drains Competitors' Online Ad Budget  —  The longer one lurks in the Internet underground, the more difficult it becomes to ignore the harsh reality that for nearly every …

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John McDuling / Quartz: Pandora and Spotify face uncertain future with giants Google, Apple, and Amazon encroaching  —  An epic battle in streaming music is about to begin, and only a few will survive  —  “One thing is for sure,” declared an influential American critic and record industry analyst, Bob Lefsetz …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 includes support for folders and interactive cases  —  Microsoft is planning to release its first update to Windows Phone 8.1 soon, and the company has started detailing some of the upcoming features to phone manufacturers.  One of the main visual changes with Update 1 …

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Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch: YC-Backed Kamcord Launches An App For Watching Mobile Game Replays  —  As reports of Google's interest in buying Twitch continue unabated, it's clear there's an enormous market for video of gameplay.  A few players stepped up a couple years ago to tackle the same concept for mobile gaming.

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