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Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica: Sites like Travelocity pass full plaintext credit card numbers and IP addresses to DHS, which retains them for years  —  Ars editor learns feds have his old IP addresses, full credit card numbers  —  FOIA request turns up 9 years of records, including plaintext credit card numbers.

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Todd Spangler / Variety: Qplay, TiVo founders' service for streaming video playlists to TVs, shuts down six months after launch  —  Qplay, Internet Set-Top Startup Formed by TiVo Founders, Shuts Down  —  Qplay, the Internet video-device and app startup launched by the founders of TiVo, is closing its doors less …

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Evelyn Rusli / Wall Street Journal: GitHub incident shows how rising startups lack the HR support to deal with office imbroglios  —  Incident Shows How Rising Startups Are Often Ill-Equipped to Deal With Complex, Inter-Office Dynamics  —  One anonymous post turned the world of GitHub, a San Francisco-based software startup, inside out.

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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times: How some universities have attracted more women to computer science: mentoring, high school programs, and revamped introductory courses  —  Women in Tech: Some Universities Crack Code in Drawing Women to Computer Science  —  One of the reasons so few women work in tech is that few choose to study computer science or engineering.

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Chance Miller / 9to5Google: Google and Samsung's relationship continues to worsen, this time over wearables  —  According to a new report out of The Information, the already tense relationship between Samsung and Google has begun to worsen thanks to both of their own lines of wearables.

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Alyson Shontell / Business Insider: Uber Is Being Audited By Rudy Giuliani's Team About Its Driver Background Check Process  —  On-demand car service and logistics company Uber has retained former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani to conduct an audit on its driver background check process.  —  Recently, some of Uber's drivers have stirred …

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Jack Smith IV / Betabeat: Inside Look: Imgur Reveals Redesign, Announces Plans for a Convention  —  Can Imgur remain its positive, plucky self while growing to be one of the Internet's rising social titans?  —  Imgur's Sarah Schaaf, IRL.  (Photo via Imgur)  —  Imgur is at a tipping point.

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Ashlee Vance / Businessweek: Amazon's Cloud Is One of the Fastest-Growing Software Businesses in History  —  Five billion dollars.  —  That's how much Amazon.com (AMZN) will rake in from its cloud computing business this year, according to a new estimate from Pacific Crest Securities.  If true, it's an incredible figure.

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Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge: How warped incentives for Comcast's “retention specialists” lead to a vexing cancellation call  —  Here's why your Comcast rep is yelling at you  —  Warped employee incentives and an absence of competition make bad customer service inevitable  —  In 2006, a man named Vincent …

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John Napier Tye / Washington Post: Meet Executive Order 12333: The Reagan rule that lets the NSA spy on Americans  —  In March I received a call from the White House counsel's office regarding a speech I had prepared for my boss at the State Department.  The speech was about the impact that the disclosure …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Snapchat Files Trademarks To Handle Payments  —  Snappay?  Snapchat may try to monetize by processing peer-to-peer payments, money transfers, or online payments, according to two trademarks it filed earlier this week.  Owned by Snapchat and filed on July 11th by an attorney at Cooley …

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: Starbucks will let customers place pickup orders via mobile app in one test market this year  —  Starbucks Has Bigger Plans in Mobile Payments Than Most People Realize  —  A decade after the idea was first sketched on the proverbial drawing broad, Starbucks is poised to finally let its customers order their coffees from their phones.

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Se Young Lee / Reuters: Nearly 200 managers at Samsung's mobile division return $3M in bonuses as firm profits decline  —  Samsung handset division managers return part of bonuses: source  —  (Reuters) - Nearly 200 managers at Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's mobile division have voluntarily returned a quarter …

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Lance Whitney / CNET: BBM for Windows Phone now live for beta testers  —  Windows Phone users who signed up for the BBM beta tester program can now download and install the app.  —  BlackBerry Messenger for Windows Phone is officially available through Microsoft's Windows Phone store, but you'll have to be part of the beta tester program to give it a spin.

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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land: Yahoo Search Share Falls Below 10 Percent For “All-Time Low”  —  We're on the cusp of new comScore U.S. search market share data for June.  According to financial analyst notes, releasing the numbers early, desktop search declined for the fifth consecutive month after a period of growth in mid-2013.

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Todd Bishop / GeekWire: Internal memo: Microsoft to cut off all ‘external staff’ after 18 months, imposing mandatory 6-month break  —  An internal Microsoft memo, distributed earlier today, imposes new restrictions on the company's use of “external staff” — including a new limit on people who work on projects for Microsoft through vendors.

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Roberto Baldwin / The Next Web: Twitter will soon give you access to your entire DM history via the iOS and Android apps  —  With more and more people using Twitter's DM (Direct Messages) feature as a chat service, the company is working to upgrade the experience. … Access to your entire history is a great way to keep track …

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Lenovo Newsroom: Lenovo will continue selling 8" and 10" Windows tablets in the US, new models coming this holiday  —  Clarification on Lenovo Statement on Sales of Small Screen Windows-Based Tablets  —  We will continue to bring new Windows devices to market across different screen sizes …

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Brenda Barron / VentureBeat: Kik gets location sharing thanks to Glympse partnership  —  Like chatting on Kik?  As of today, you can let your friends know where you're at thanks to a new partnership with Glympse.  The temp location sharing technology now makes it so Kik's 150 million subscribers can easily share …

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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom: Netflix tests private viewing mode to hide your B-movie binges  —  Select Netflix members are getting a chance to hide viewing of embarrassing titles from logs, recommendations and Facebook friends.  —  We've all been down that road: You decide to watch some roadhouse B-movie fare on Netflix …

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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web: Xbox One August update to add new activity feed, mobile purchases, low battery notification, 3D Blu-ray, more  —  Microsoft today detailed what gamers can expect in the next Xbox One update, which is expected to arrive in August.  There are eight additions and changes the company has highlighted …

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Sam Altman / Y Combinator Posthaven: Y Combinator adds partners including Alexis Ohanian, makes Dalton Caldwell full-time partner  —  Welcome Scott, Dalton, Adora, Brett, Nicole, Alexis, and Qasar  —  We have a bunch of new additions to the YC team to announce.  —  Scott Bell is joining the YC software team.

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Agam Shah / PC World: Lenovo stops selling small-screen Windows tablets in the U.S. due to lack of demand  —  Lenovo has stopped selling Windows tablets with screen sizes under 10 inches in the U.S. due to lack of interest.  —  Lenovo has stopped selling two small-screen Windows tablets with 8-inch screens …

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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google: Google gives an early look at completely new Chrome OS experience dubbed Project Athena  —  Google's François Beaufort shared a screenshot today of a completely redesigned user experience for Chrome OS that he says the Chromium OS team is currently experimenting with.

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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom: Spotify loses Euro exec, denies IPO plans and eyes Russia  —  Spotify lost a key European executive this week: Euro VP Chris Maples, who had long been the face of Spotify's efforts in Europe, has left the company.  The departure was first reported by the British communications industry publication Campaign …

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