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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land: Unclaimed and inactive Google+ pages linked with Google My Business to be shut down July 28  —  Google To Shutter Orphaned Google+ Pages Next Week (July 28)  —  Google is going to “unverify” inactive Google+ local pages.  Business pages that have not been claimed or with unresponsive owners …

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: FCC has approved AT&T's $48.5B acquisition of DirecTV with conditions, making combined firm the largest US pay TV company with 26M subscribers  —  FCC approves AT&T-DirecTV merger  —  Combined firm will be the largest pay TV company in the US  —  The FCC has approved …

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Bloomberg Business: Square Said to File Confidentially for Initial Public Offering  —  Square Inc., the mobile-payments company founded and led by Jack Dorsey, the interim chief executive officer of Twitter Inc., filed confidentially for an initial public offering, people with knowledge of the matter said.

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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters: Facebook defeats shareholder suit that had alleged inadequate pre-IPO disclosures in 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals  —  Facebook defeats shareholder litigation over IPO  —  (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Friday said Facebook Inc officials including Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg cannot …

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Liz Hoffman / Wall Street Journal: Comcast discussing deals with several online publishers including Vice, BuzzFeed, and Business Insider, and has talked about increasing its 14% stake in Vox  —  Comcast in Talks With Multiple New-Media Firms  —  Cable giant negotiating with Vice, BuzzFeed, others, as it seeks access to young audiences

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Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal: YouTube CEO says big publishers opting out of YouTube's paid subscription service may be dropped from the ad-supported service  —  YouTube Chief Pushes Ahead with Subscriptions Despite Questions  —  YouTube wants to get paid in a new way, and Chief Susan Wojcicki is pushing ahead despite questions about the plan.

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Bloomberg Business: Sources: MCX's CurrentC mobile payment app to begin limited trial in stores next month as exclusivity deals to keep Apple Pay out of stores said to expire  —  Retailers' Answer to Apple Pay Is Said to Hit Stores in August … After almost three years in development, the retail industry's answer …

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Glenn Peoples / Billboard: Pandora Q2 sales grow 30% YoY to $285.6M, local ads up 67% to $58.9M, mobile now 80.4% of revenue, listener growth only 3.9% YoY  —  Pandora Revenue Grows 30 Percent, Listener Growth Slows  —  The online radio company's royalty burden improved to 45.6 percent of revenue in the second quarter.

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Chris Welch / The Verge: Chrysler recalls 1.4 million cars at risk of being remotely hijacked  —  Chrysler has announced a voluntary recall of 1.4 million vehicles just days after Wired reported a frightening vulnerability that allows hackers to remotely seize control of cars equipped with the auto maker's UConnect system.

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Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal: Dish objects to upcoming FCC order to deny $3.3B in discounts it sought in wireless spectrum auction earlier this year  —  Dish Responds to FCC's Move to Deny Spectrum Auction Discounts  —  Satellite provider told that matter won't get a hearing or referred to an enforcement bureau

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Brian Hall / Surface Blog: Unlocked Surface 3 LTE now on sale in the US at AT&T and Microsoft stores, arrives at T-Mobile July 31  —  Surface 3 (4G LTE) now available in the U.S.!  —  A few weeks ago we announced the availability of the mobile broadband-capable Surface 3 (4G LTE) for business customers in France …

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Kamcord Update Brings Live Game Streaming To Mobile Devices  —  Kamcord, the YC-backed company that enables game recording on mobile, is the latest company to jump on the mobile live-streaming bandwagon after it added the feature to its Android and iOS apps.

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Ruth Reader / VentureBeat: Facebook, Microsoft, and Dropbox team up to make tech more accessible to people with disabilities  —  Facebook, Microsoft, Dropbox, and several other tech notables are coming together to make technology more accessible to people with disabilities.  —  Together these companies and educational partners …

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Lauren Weber / Wall Street Journal: Etsy reports 86% of its sellers are female, 30% use their creative businesses as their sole occupation  —  At Etsy, 86% of Sellers Are Female  —  Report from handmade-goods marketplace offers details on its sellers  —  Here are a few details about the person who made the brocade dog collar …

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Brian Fung / Washington Post: Comcast now has more broadband customers than it does TV subscribers, 22.5M vs 22.3M  —  Comcast has finally become an Internet-first company  —  Comcast may have begun as a television provider that later tacked on an Internet business, but now those positions have finally reversed …

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Wall Street Journal: Wal-Mart Takes Full Ownership of Chinese E-Commerce Venture Yihaodian  —  Buyout comes after co-founders unveiled plans to depart earlier this month  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it has taken full ownership of Yihaodian, its Chinese e-commerce venture, solidifying the online retailer as a central part of its strategy in the region.

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Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land: YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announces redesigned mobile app at Vidcon, says watch time is up 60%, mobile revenue grew 100%, partner revenue is up 50% YoY  —  YouTube Gets Mobile Redesign, New “Diamond” View Buttons & Courts Creators  —  Talk aimed at thousands of video content creators and producers gathered at the annual event.

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Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch: Selfie App Frontback To Shut Down On August 15th After Two Years  —  It was a simple premise during the height of the selfie hype: take a photo of yourself as well as what's in front of you.  It was called a “frontback.”  —  Now it's called “an idea that never really got super traction.”

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Daniel Rubino / Windows Central: Sources: Microsoft is working on 5.2" and 5.7" Lumia phones with iris scanners, 20MP PureView cameras, USB Type-C, optional Surface Pen for bigger Lumia  —  Microsoft's Cityman and Talkman flagship Lumia phones and what you need to know  —  Over the last few weeks, rumors …

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Jack Moore / Nextgov: OPM Says Background Check System Now Back Online after Security Tweaks  —  NEXTGOV  —  NEWSLETTER  —  SUBSCRIBE  —  Senators Want to Give DHS New CYBERCOM-Like Powers to Thwart Civilian Agency Hacks  —  Don't Fall for This USAJobs Phishing Scam  —  Security Experts Point to OPM's Biggest Cybersecurity Failure

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Michael Zhang / PetaPixel: Flickr Pro is back: $5.99/month or $49.99/year for a Pro badge, better analytics, and no ads  —  Flickr Bringing Back Pro: Pay to Get Badge, Analytics, and No Ads  —  Flickr is bringing back Pro memberships.  Today the photo sharing service announced that paid subscription plans are returning for both existing and new members.

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Samantha Murphy Kelly / Mashable: Apple yanks Google's Nest smart thermostat from website and retail stores  —  You can no longer purchase Google's popular smart thermostat on Apple's online store or at its retail locations.  —  Apple confirmed to Mashable it has pulled the web-connected product — considered …

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Julie Bort / Business Insider: Palantir's SEC filing confirms it has issued $500M worth of stock, raised $450M so far in the latest financing round  —  Confirmed: Palantir raised a huge $450 million investment  —  Palantir just disclosed in an SEC form that it has raised a huge round of investment.

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Ginny Marvin / Marketing Land: Study: In-app Ad Fraud Could Near $1 Billion Globally In 2015  —  Firm claims to find large number of “mobile device hijacking” instances in which mobile apps load hidden ads and simulate human activity similar to traditional botnets.  —  Ad fraud has come to mobile apps in a big way …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: AWS reports Q2 revenue of $1.8B, up 81% YoY, and $391M profit, up from $77M a year ago  —  Amazon's AWS Unit Reports Q2 Revenue Of $1.8B, $391M Profit  —  Amazon released its latest quarterly earnings report today and for only the second time since it launched its AWS cloud computing service …

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