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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: With 1M Sold In The Last Quarter, Google's Chromebooks Are A Hit With Schools  —  During its earnings call this week, Google announced that it — and its partners — sold a million Chromebooks to schools in the last quarter.  Overall PC sales worldwide were about 76 million in the last quarter …

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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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