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Juli Clover / MacRumors: Apple's Smartphone Market Share Slips as Huawei, Lenovo Make Gains  —  Apple's growth in the overall worldwide smartphone market continues to slow as it loses ground to smaller Chinese vendors releasing more affordable devices, even as the smartphone market itself grows substantially.

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Andy Fixmer / Mashable: Netflix Signs Peering Deal With AT&T to Reduce Buffering  —  This story has been updated to include a statement from AT&T confirming the peering deal.  —  Netflix has reached an agreement with AT&T to give its streaming service direct access to AT&T's network, with the goal of reducing buffering …

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Alex Hern / Guardian: US government increases funding for Tor, giving $1.8m in 2013  —  Despite attempts by the National Security Agency to crack the anonymous browser, the US increased state funding through third parties  —  Tor, the internet anonymiser, received more than $1.8m in funding from the US government in 2013 …

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Michael Kan / PC World: Microsoft faces anti-monopoly probe in China over Windows, Office  —  China has opened an anti-monopoly probe into Microsoft over problems arising from its Windows and Office software, a government regulator said on Tuesday, a day after it conducted surprise raids of the company's offices in the country.

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Peter Kafka / Re/code: LIVE: Twitter Talks to Wall Street After a Bounce-Back Q2  —  Turns out the old metrics Twitter was using to describe its size did just fine -at least for one quarter: Twitter's Q2 beat Wall Street expectations for revenue, earnings and use growth, and the stock is flying.

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: Twitter soars 34% after hours as monthly active users grow 24% year-over-year to 271M  —  Twitter Picked Up 16M Active Users In Q2  —  In its most recent quarter, Twitter didn't just report stronger-than-expected financials.  It also showed continued user growth, which has been an ongoing concern for the company.

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Bloomberg: Ford switching 3,300 workers from BlackBerry to iPhone this year  —  Ford Switching Employees to IPhones From BlackBerries  —  Ford Motor Co. (F) is deploying iPhones for corporate use to employees worldwide, scoring a win for Apple Inc. (AAPL) as it seeks to lure more corporate customers.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Instagram Launches One-Touch Photo And Video Messaging App Bolt Outside The US  —  Instagram is taking on Snapchat by turning your best friends' faces into the shutter button with today's official release of its first standalone app Bolt, but only Singapore, South Africa …

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Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch: Twitter Skyrockets After Reporting Big Q2 Revenue Of $312M, Profit Of $0.02 Per Share  —  Update: In after-hours trading, Twitter is now up more than 20 percent following its massive beat.  —  Update II: Twitter is now up just under 30%.  Pretty sure Twitter HQ is where the party will be at tonight.

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Twitter: Twitter Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results  —  SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - July 29, 2014 - Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014.  Q2 revenue of $312 million, up 124% year-over-year Q2 net loss of $145 million and non-GAAP net income …

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Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech: Nvidia quadruples display resolution by stacking two cheap LCD panels on top of each other  —  Nvidia researchers have used a fantastically straightforward approach to quadruple the effective resolution and double the refresh rate of cheap, off-the-shelf LCD panels: Stacking them on top of each other.

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: Former Diapers.com CEO Marc Lore gets $55 million investment for e-commerce startup Jet  —  CEO Who Sold Diapers.com to Amazon Raises $55 Million to Challenge Amazon Again  —  If you can't beat 'em, try, try again.  —  That's the playbook being followed by Marc Lore …

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Andy Greenberg / Wired: Open Whisper Systems releases Signal iOS app for free encrypted voice calls; encrypted texts coming soon  —  Free, Encrypted Calling Finally Comes To The iPhone  —  The encrypted calling app Signal.  The two seemingly random words beneath the contact's name are meant to be read …

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Joshua Ho / AnandTech: Nvidia Shield tablet review: strong gaming features; few native multiplayer games at launch  —  The NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Review  —  While I talked about this in the launch article, the Shield Tablet is very much the culmination of lessons learned from 2013.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Flickr Rolls Out A New Commercial Licensing Program To Compete With 500px And Others  —  Yahoo-owned photo-sharing and storage site Flickr announced this morning the rollout of a new licensing program aimed at the service's members who are looking to have their work discovered …

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Yannick LeJacq / Kotaku: EA announces subscription service for Xbox One: $5/month or $30/year for access to Fifa 14, Peggle 2, Madden NFL 25, and Battlefield 4 to start  —  EA Announces Netflix-Like Subscription Plan On Xbox One  —  Today EA announced a new subscription service for the Xbox One that will give …

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Julian Chokkattu / TechCrunch: Airbnb Partners With San Francisco And Portland For Emergency Preparedness  —  Airbnb has announced a partnership with the cities of San Francisco and Portland as part of an initiative to help communities prepare and respond to emergencies.  —  The initiative is part of the White House Innovation …

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Marco Arment / Marco.org: Ubiquitous competition in the app market is hurting the quality and sustainability of iOS apps  —  App Rot  —  Look around your iPad for a minute.  How are its third-party apps doing?  —  Are they all being actively updated?  Are they all built for iOS 7 yet?

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Paul Sawers / The Next Web: Asana's productivity platform gets a native mobile app, redesigned and optimized for iPhone and iPad  —  Productivity platform Asana is unveiling a brand new native iOS app today, rebuilt and redesigned from the ground up.  And yes, it's optimized for iPads too.

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Zac Hall / 9to5Mac: Apple TV updated with FOX NOW, CNBC channels  —  Apple has rolled out some new channel additions to the Apple TV set-top box this morning.  Both FOX NOW and CNBC have joined the Apple TV lineup.  Both channels appear to require a cable subscription to unlock the content within.

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Nick Summers / The Next Web: Medium finds a revenue stream with Re:form, a new collection of stories sponsored by BMW  —  Medium launched its first sponsored “collection,” a term used to describe one of its curated sections or publications, with BMW on its renowned blogging platform today.

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Doina Chiacu / Reuters: U.S. Senate bill proposes sweeping curbs on NSA surveillance  —  (Reuters) - Senator Patrick Leahy will introduce legislation on Tuesday to ban the U.S. government's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records and Internet data and narrow how much information it can seek in any particular search.

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft is about to launch a selfie phone and a new ‘high-end’ Windows Phone  —  Microsoft is planning to launch two new Windows Phone 8.1 devices shortly.  Sources familiar with the company's plans tell The Verge that Microsoft devices chief Stephen Elop revealed both handsets during an internal company meeting this week.

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: Android crypto blunder exposes users to highly privileged malware  —  A slide from next week's Black Hat talk titled Android Fake ID vulnerability.  —  Bluebox Security  —  The majority of devices running Google's Android operating system are susceptible to hacks that allow malicious apps …

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Brad Sams / Neowin: Microsoft adds another feature to Cortana, Foursquare data now serves up recommendations  —  Earlier this year, Microsoft invested 15 million dollars into Foursquare and the fruits of that investment are starting to pay off as the data is now being integrated into Cortana.

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