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Gideon Lewis-Kraus / Wired: The history of autocorrect, as explained by its creator Dean Hachamovitch, and its evolution  —  The Fasinatng ... Frustrating ... Fascinating History of Autocorrect  —  Invoke the word  —  autocorrect and most people will think immediately of its hiccups—the sort of hysterical …

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Ben Woods / The Next Web: Microsoft launches $114 Lumia 530 with 4-inch display.  Hits Europe next month  —  Microsoft has today announced a new member of its Lumia range in the form of the low-end Lumia 530, which will arrive from the start of next month in Europe.  —  Priced at €85 before taxes or local subsidies …

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Tom Ivan / CVG: UK pirates will merely receive warnings from next year  —  Harsher penalty plans abandoned; no sanctions for ignoring new alerts system  —  UK households that repeatedly pirate music and movies online are to receive warning letters beginning in 2015.  —  The voluntary copyright alert programme …

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Brian R. Fitzgerald / Wall Street Journal: Data Point: It Looks Like 30 Is the Ceiling for How Many Apps People Use  —  Younger people spend more time on apps and use more of them each month, though there seems to be a ceiling to how many people ultimately will use.  —  People in the U.S. aged 18-24 spend on average about 37 hours …

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Nathan Donato-Weinstein / bizjournals: Apple Campus 2 permits show $25M tunnel, $171M underground theater  —  Eight months after Apple Inc. received final approval from the city of Cupertino to build Apple Campus 2, construction on the Mac maker's new campus is generating the kind of interest usually reserved for a new iPhone launch.

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Julie Bort / Business Insider: Microsoft to merge three versions of Windows into one converged OS for all screen sizes  —  Satya Nadella Just Made The Single Best (And Most Obvious) Decision For Microsoft Windows  —  Satya Nadella just confirmed that the company was going to merge all of its major versions of Windows into one huge Windows platform.

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Nick Summers / The Next Web: Facebook now lets app developers target their ads to specific smartphone and tablet models  —  Facebook is giving advertisers and developers the ability to target ads at specific smartphones and tablets.  The new parameters will allow them to specify not only a specific mobile OS …

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Romain Dillet / TechCrunch: Sunrise Raises $6 Million From Balderton And Others To Build The Perfect Calendar  —  A year and a half after launching its first calendar app, Sunrise is raising a $6 million Series A round from Balderton Capital and existing investors — Bernard Liautaud is joining the board.

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Andy Updegrove / The Standards Blog: U.K. Cabinet Office Adopts ODF as Exclusive Standard for Sharable Documents  —  The U.K. Cabinet Office accomplished today what the Commonwealth of Massachusetts set out (unsuccessfully) to achieve ten years ago: it formally required compliance with the Open Document Format (ODF) …

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Brandon Chester / AnandTech: Google Play App Updated to 4.9.13 With Material Design App Pages  —  Google has begun the rollout of an update to the Google Play application on Android.  At first glance the update doesn't seem to have any big changes.  The sliding menu is the same, and the Play Store home page is the same as it has been for a while.

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BBC: Electronic Arts earnings surge 51%  —  US video game publisher Electronic Arts (EA) has reported a 51% jump in profit for the April-to-June quarter, boosted by strong sales of titles like Titanfall and FIFA 2014.  —  Net profit rose to $335m (£196m) for the period, up from $222m a year ago,

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: Apple Acquired 29 Companies Since Beginning of Fiscal 2014, Including Five Since April  —  During today's third quarter earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that Apple has purchased a total of 29 companies over the course of the last nine months, including five new companies after the end of the March quarter.

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Walt Mossberg / Re/code: Amazon Fire phone: Dynamic Perspective disappointing, Firefly inconsistent, one carrier a drawback, and new features often frustrating  —  Can the Amazon Fire Phone Take on iPhone and Samsung?  —  Ever since Amazon.com got into the hardware business with the first Kindle monochrome e-reader in 2007 …

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Taylor Soper / GeekWire: Microsoft mum on Xbox One sales; notes 1.1M ‘Xbox consoles’ shipped in past 3 months  —  Microsoft hasn't reported Xbox One sales statistics for quite some time, and that didn't change with today's quarterly earnings report.  The company noted that it sold 1.1 million Xbox consoles …

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Arpit Kumar / BrowserNative: Mozilla Proposes prefer HTTP Header To Bring Parental Control To Web  —  Mozilla today announced a new mechanism to make web browsing more family-friendly.  In association with Microsoft and few other organizations, Mozilla has proposed a new HTTP Header, prefer: safe, to be send with each web request …

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft's enterprise offerings continue to carry the day  —  Summary: Microsoft still is an enterprise-driven company, even if management wants to do its best to deny that fact.  Just look at its fourth quarter fiscal 2014 earnings for proof.  —  Microsoft execs continue to talk …

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Brad Molen / Engadget: Amazon Fire phone review: a unique device, but you're better off waiting for the sequel  —  After producing a long line of e-book readers and tablets (not to mention a set-top box), Amazon has its sights set on the smartphone market.  But finding success here won't be easy, even for an established tech giant like Amazon.

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Pavel Alpeyev / Bloomberg: Ex-Goldman trader raises $1.6M for bitcoin exchange bitFlyer  —  Ex-Goldman Trader's Bitcoin Exchange to Fill Mt. Gox Void  —  Yuzo Kano quit Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS:US) twice: once for a rival bank, the second time to open Japan's first bitcoin exchange since the collapse of Mt. Gox.

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: Tor developers vow to fix bug that can uncloak users  —  Developers of the Tor privacy service say they're close to fixing a weakness that researchers for an abruptly canceled conference presentation said provides a low-cost way for adversaries to deanonymize hundreds of thousands of users.

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Ina Fried / Re/code: Tim Cook Says Businesses Could Revive Slowing iPad Sales  —  Although iPad sales were below analyst projections for a second straight quarter, Apple CEO Tim Cook says that the tablet can continue to grow, particularly if Apple can increase sales to businesses.

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Noel Randewich / Reuters: Broadcom cuts 2,500 jobs in wind-down of baseband unit  —  (Reuters) - Broadcom Corp said on Tuesday it is winding down its money-losing cellular baseband chip business and cutting one-fifth of its total workforce, instead of selling the unit.  —  Chief Executive Scott McGregor told analysts …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Apple Faces Class-Action Lawsuit In California Over Alleged Labor Violations Affecting 20K Employees  —  While Apple today reported its quarterly earnings, another group seized the moment to push out another bit of Apple-related news.  The company is being sued in a class-action suit …

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William Shatner: William Shatner reviews Facebook Mentions, calls it “ill conceived”  —  Facebook Mentions Versus Facebook Pages Apps  —  I want to talk and compare an app that most of you don't have access to: Facebook Mentions and compare it to the Pages App that anyone who has a Facebook page can download and use.

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Kara Swisher / Re/code: There Have Been No Google-Spotify Acquisition Talks  —  When last we checked in, the Wall Street Journal was surmising, based on a public cocktail between AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer in Sun Valley, that a merger could possibly be afoot between their companies.

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Wall Street Journal: Google Considers Buying Spotify But Finds the Price Too High  —  Talks Break Down For Number of Reasons, Including Valuation and Luke-Warm Larry Page  —  Google Inc. tried to buy music-streaming service Spotify AB late last year, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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