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Peter Kafka / Re/code: Some of You Wanted the U2 Album, After All: Apple's iTunes Giveaway Leads to Two Million Downloads  —  Some of you do not want the U2 album Apple is giving away.  But lots of you were willing to download it.  Or, at a minimum, your iPhones and MacBooks did.

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Chris Ziegler / The Verge: Motorola's unlocked, unbranded Moto X will be called the ‘Pure Edition’  —  I can think of many, many times where I've called the flavor of Android that ships on Nexus phones “pure Android,” and it looks like Motorola is taking a cue: its direct-sale, unbranded, unlocked Moto X will be called the Moto X Pure Edition when it ships.

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: Apple Pay Details: Apple Gets .0015% Cut of Purchases, Higher Rates for Bluetooth Payments  —  Apple's ambitious new mobile payment initiative, Apple Pay, was announced on Tuesday during the company's iPhone event.  Many questions still linger about the service, but information is beginning …

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Nadia Damouni / Reuters: Source: HP exploring sale of photo sharing service Snapfish; potential buyers also interested in Shutterfly  —  Exclusive: HP exploring sale of photo sharing service Snapfish - source  —  (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co is exploring the sale of its web-based photo sharing service Snapfish …

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Lance Whitney / CNET: SanDisk introduces first 512GB SD card for $800, targets high-speed photography and video pros  —  SanDisk beats rivals to 512GB SD card — at a whopping $800  —  The world's first 512 gigabyte SD card is designed more for video and photo professionals than for the average consumer.

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Dan Gualtieri / Laptop Mag: iPhone 6 trade-in deals: carriers, third-party services compared  —  Best iPhone 6 Trade-In Deals: Carriers Compared  —  With the impending release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (starting at $199 and $299, respectively), it seems like new options for iPhone users with older models are popping up each day.

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Tim Culpan / Bloomberg: HTC working on GoPro-like waterproof camera, with smartphone connectivity over WiFi, Bluetooth  —  HTC Said to Develop Waterproof Camera to Challenge GoPro  —  HTC Corp. (2498) is developing its first camera, a waterproof model for extreme sports, as it diversifies beyond smartphones amid three years …

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Ian Kar / Bank Innovation: Apple Pay transaction: BlueTooth, in-app Apple Pay purchases charged “card-not-present” rate; card networks generate tokens  —  Here's How the Security Behind Apple Pay Will Really Work  —  Apple Pay was introduced by the giant technology company only three days ago …

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Xiomara Blanco / CNET: Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet: 8.4", 2,560x1,600-pixel OLED display, 3D camera, slim yet sturdy  —  Dell Venue 8 7000 packs 3D camera, slim and sturdy design  — 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10  —  Smartphones slowly but surely usurped digital cameras as the popular way to take photos …

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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac: Apple says new iOS 8 SMS Continuity feature won't arrive until October  —  Apple's website detailing Continuity features arriving with iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite in the coming weeks has been updated to announce SMS support won't arrive until October.  —  The feature, which allows users to send …

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Dan Primack / Fortune: Square raises $100 million at $6 billion valuation  —  Payments company Square has raised $100 million in new funding at a valuation of nearly $6 billion, according to a Delaware filing obtained by VCExperts.com and shared with Fortune.  —  The San Francisco-based company issued 6.4 million …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe Donates $31M To Build VR Lab At His Alma Mater University Of Maryland  —  Brendan Iribe dropped out of University Of Maryland his freshman year to launch a startup before going on to form Oculus.  But now inspired by Mark Zuckerberg's philanthropy and made rich …

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Wall Street Journal: Facebook is trying to lure YouTube's biggest content creators, discussing advertising  —  Facebook Tries to Muscle In on YouTube  —  Social Network Makes a Pitch to Lure Content Creators, Discusses How Ads Might Be Used  —  In what may be another signal that Facebook Inc. wants to take on YouTube …

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Paul Sawers / The Next Web: Google is promoting Chromebooks to US students with a traveling Lending Library  —  Google is making moves to promote Chromebooks in colleges later this year, as it announces a new Chromebook Lending Library initiative.  —  However, the library won't be available internationally, or even nationally.

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Roger Cheng / CNET: AT&T plans to offer Wi-Fi calling in 2015  —  AT&T's Ralph de la Vega also said he expects customer turnover to remain low in the third quarter.  —  AT&T will embrace Wi-Fi calling in 2015.  —  That's according to Ralph De la Vega, CEO of the company's mobility and enterprise business.

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Y Combinator: Y Combinator requests applications from startups in certain areas including energy, A.I., robotics, biotech, and healthcare  —  New Requests for Startups  —  INTRODUCTION There are a lot of startup ideas we've been waiting for people to apply with, sometimes for years.

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Associated Press: HP fined $59M for bribing Russian officials as part of $108M plea deal for bribes in Mexico, Poland, and Russia  —  HP fined $58.7M for bribery of Russian government  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. pleaded guilty Thursday to felony charges that former employees bribed Russian …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google Offers Early Stage Startups $100,000 In Cloud Platform Credits For 1 Year  —  If you are an early stage startup, Google wants to give you $100,000 in Cloud Platform credits for one year so you can host your applications on its servers (and not on AWS or Azure).

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New York Times: Alibaba to Close Order Books Early and May Lift Price of I.P.O.  —  Demand for shares in the Alibaba Group, the Chinese e-commerce giant, was long expected to be strong.  But the orders have come in so quickly that the company's banks expect to close their order books early.

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Nathaniel Popper / New York Times: Apple Pay charged a lower transaction rate by banks than typical for credit card transactions, won't be accepted by Walmart and Best Buy  —  Banks Did It Apple's Way in Payments by Mobile  —  JPMorgan Chase's chief financial officer, Marianne Lake, took the stage at a financial conference …

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Ina Fried / Re/code: iPhone 6 Plus sells out within hours, AT&T says demand for new iPhones is higher than past two years  —  Larger iPhone 6 Plus Sells Out Amid Strong Demand for Apple's Latest Crop  —  Yep, lots of people tried to order new iPhones as pre-sales began just after midnight on Friday.

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Johana Bhuiyan / BuzzFeed: About 1000 New York Uber drivers plan to strike on Monday over fares and working conditions  —  Uber Drivers “Strike” — And Switch To Lyft — Over Fares And Conditions  —  Testing the labor market.  “Uber is not doing anything — it's only an application on our phones.”  —  Facebook: uberdriversnetwork

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Michael Carney / PandoDaily: Merchants equipped for Apple Pay likely to surge in US as Oct 2015 deadline for EMV support spurs point of sale system upgrades  —  The hidden brilliance behind the timing of Apple's adoption of NFC  —  There's a brilliance to the timing of Apple's adoption of near field communication (NFC) technology.

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica: Google changes stance, now says net neutrality rules should apply to cellular networks  —  Google changes stance on net neutrality four years after Verizon deal  —  Four years ago, Google teamed up with Verizon to argue that most network neutrality rules should not apply to cellular networks.

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Windows 9's new Start menu demonstrated on video  —  Microsoft may have demonstrated its new Start menu earlier this year, but thanks to a recent “Windows 9” leak we're now seeing every single part of the company's plans for bringing back this popular feature.

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