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Timothy J. Seppala / Engadget: Google Voice offers web-based calls through Hangouts, no G+ profile needed  —  The rumor is that eventually we're going to see Google Voice merged completely into Hangouts, and that's getting even closer to becoming reality.  You can now make phone calls via Hangouts directly from the Google Voice website, no Google+ necessary.

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Nick Summers / The Next Web: Duolingo launches Test Center, a $20 alternative to standardized language exams  —  Duolingo today launched Test Center, its own English language certification exam that can be taken on the Web or an Android device.  —  The fresh alternative to standardized language tests was first announced …

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Exodus Intelligence: Security firm finds de-anonymizing zero-day vulnerability in Tails OS popularized by Snowden  —  Silver Bullets and Fairy Tails  —  Introduction  —  This week we made mention on Twitter of a zero-day vulnerability we've unearthed that affects the popular Tails operating system.

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Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code: HP Makes $50 Million Strategic Investment in Hortonworks  —  To the steadily growing list of big companies making strategic investments in the open source big data platform known as Hadoop, you can now add computing giant Hewlett-Packard.  —  Re/code has learned that HP today will announce …

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Charlie Osborne / ZDNet: European Central Bank suffers security breach, personal data stolen  —  Summary: The European Central Bank's website has been hacked and personal information has been stolen by a cybercriminal.  —  The European Central Bank (ECB) admitted Thursday that a security breach has led to the theft of personal data.

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Samsung Backs GamePop As BlueStacks Adds $13M In New Funding  —  Samsung's venture arm has contributed to a round of funding that adds $13 million to the total raised by BlueStacks, the virtualization startup that debuted its GamePop platform earlier this year to offer over-the-top mobile gaming for living room and TVs.

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Ina Fried / Re/code: LG Shipped 14.5 Million Smartphones in Q2, up 20 Percent, As Phone Business Turned a Profit  —  Korea's LG Electronics said on Wednesday that its mobile unit turned profitable in the second quarter as the company shipped a record 14.5 million smartphones, up 20 percent year-over-year.

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Josh Ong / The Next Web: Google Maps challenges Foursquare with new Explore feature on Android and iOS  —  Google announced today the addition of an Explore Nearby button for Google Maps on iOS and Android.  The featuring is rolling out “starting this week.”  —  The new feature expands the Google Maps as more than just your go-to app for directions.

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Karen Freifeld / Reuters: Seven arrests made in $1.6 million StubHub cyberfraud case  —  (Reuters) - Police have arrested seven people on charges they were tied to an international ring that defrauded eBay Inc's StubHub online ticketing service of some $1.6 million, the latest in a string of high-profile cybercrime busts in recent months.

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Re/code: Razer Integrates WeChat into its Nabu Wearable, Says Should Hit U.S. for Under $100  —  Hardware maker Razer said late Wednesday that it is adding support for WeChat into its forthcoming wearable device, the Nabu smartband.  —  In addition to getting notifications on the device …

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Roberto Baldwin / The Next Web: LittleBits' new cloudBit device adds your dumb gadgets and household appliances to the Internet of Things  —  The magnetically connected littleBits electronics library got a new internet-connected addition.  The new Internet of Things cloudBit module connects all your projects to internet-scripting service, IFTTT.

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Joseph Czikk / BetaKit: Mike McDerment's FreshBooks Raises $30 Million In First Funding Round  —  Toronto startup FreshBooks, the online cloud accounting software for freelancers and professionals, has raised a $30 million funding round from Oak Investment Partners with participation from Atlas Venture and Georgian Partners.

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Jack Linshi / TIME: Foursquare moving all check-ins to secondary app Swarm starting Thursday  —  You Can't Check-In on Foursquare's Main App Starting Tomorrow  —  You can check out Foursquare's new app starting in the next few weeks, but you can't check-in.  —  Foursquare said Wednesday that users …

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Kevin Rawlinson / BBC: Music label sues YouTube star Michelle Phan for copyright infringement; one artist whose work was apparently infringed defends her  —  YouTube star Michelle Phan sued over copyright breach  —  A leading YouTube entrepreneur is facing legal action for alleged copyright infringement in her videos.

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Nick Summers / The Next Web: Reddit Live is now official, lets anyone create their own breaking news live blog  —  Today, Reddit officially launched its own live-blogging platform.  The company calls it Reddit Live and the feature has actually been in “semi-open beta” for a few months now - you may have stumbled across …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Amazon Expands Prime Music Catalog By “Hundreds Of Thousands” Of Songs  —  One of the major complaints with Amazon Prime Music, the company's new streaming music service bundled in with its Amazon Prime membership program, was its lack of song selection, and especially current hits.

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Mark Hearn / 9to5Google: HTC One Remix coming to Verizon on July 24th for $100 on a two year contract  —  The HTC One mini 2 is coming to America, but it will be carrying a different moniker.  After weeks of rumors and leaks, Verizon confirmed today that it will start selling the HTC One Remix on July 24th for $100 with a two year service agreement.

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Sophie Knight / Reuters: Sony investing $345M to increase production of image sensors for smartphones and tablets  —  Sony invests in image sensor production amid ‘selfie’ boom  —  (Reuters) - Sony Corp said on Thursday it would invest 35 billion yen ($345 million) to increase production of image sensors for smartphones …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: American Users Spend An Average Of 40 Minutes Per Day On Facebook  —  American Facebook users spend way more time on the social network than exercising.  Mark Zuckerberg said today on Facebook's Q2 earnings call that users in the US spend an average of 40 minutes per day …

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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac: Apple reportedly discussing mobile wallet plans with credit card companies, may launch with iPhone 6  —  The Information has a new report out discussing Apple's progress on a mobile wallet payments service.  The post echoes reporting by 9to5Mac earlier in the year.

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Connie Loizos / StrictlyVC: Sense, a New Sleep Tracker with a Kickstarter Campaign, Has Raised at Least $10.5 Million from Investors  —  James Proud, a former Thiel fellow who sold his first company, is back with a new company and sleep-tracking product called Sense that's “part-Nest thermostat, part-Fitbit,” as Forbes describes it.

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Jon Russell / The Next Web: Messaging app Line gets serious about privacy with Telegram-inspired ‘hidden chat’ feature  —  Line is finally getting serious about security after it added encrypted chat options to its messaging service today with an update that is reminiscent of rival app Telegram.

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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch: Kumo Is Raising $50 Million To Break The TV Bundle  —  Despite Aereo's trouble in the Supreme Court, the hope of disrupting the TV industry is still alive in the tech world.  —  A new startup led by Aol and Dish veteran Neil Davis is in the process of raising $50 million to fill that void.

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Brian R. Fitzgerald / Wall Street Journal: Live: Facebook's Q2 Earnings and Conference Call  —  Facebook 's showed no signs of slowing down, posting revenue of $2.91 billion on profit of 30 cents a share.  Wall Street had expected revenue of $2.8 billion on profit of 32 cents a share.  —  We're live-blogging the conference call with analysts, which is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET.

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Ellis Hamburger / The Verge: 30% of Facebook's 1.32B users are mobile-only; total mobile users grew 31% in a year to 1.07B  —  Facebook's new stats: 1.32 billion users per month, 30 percent only use it on their phone  —  Facebook announced its second quarter 2014 earnings today, and one fact is becoming more and more obvious.

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