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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft moves Yammer under Office 365; Co-founder David Sacks is out  —  Summary: Microsoft is fine-tuning further its Office businesses and is moving Yammer under Office 365.  Yammer Co-founder David Sacks is leaving Microsoft.  —  Ever since Microsoft bought enterprise social-networking vendor Yammer …

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Bloomberg: Baidu Profit Tops Estimates as Advertisers Boost Spending  —  Baidu Inc. (BIDU), the owner of China's largest Internet search engine, posted second-quarter profit that beat analysts' estimates as advertisers boosted spending to reach mobile users.  —  Net income rose to 3.55 billion yuan …

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iFixit: Amazon Fire Phone Teardown  —  Amazon has finally released its flagship phone, and we're ready.  It's teardown time.  We're going to burn this place to the ground with Amazon's new Fire Phone.  Step 1 — Amazon Fire Phone Teardown Before we jump out of the frying pan and into the Fire Phone …

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Rob Wile / Business Insider: Barry Silbert Steps Down As SecondMarket CEO  —  SecondMarket founder Barry Silbert is stepping down as SecondMarket CEO to focus exclusively on Bitcoin.  —  He'll remain Chairman and CEO of SecondMarket Holdings, Inc., but now plans to spin off the firm's digital currency activities.

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Sven Grundberg / Wall Street Journal: Nokia Gets Boost From Sale of Handset Business  —  Finnish Company Swings to Second-Quarter Profit After Selling Unit to Microsoft  —  STOCKHOLM—Shares of Nokia Corp. surged on Thursday after the Finnish mobile network company said its expectations for 2014 have improved …

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Google's $1B purchase of Twitch confirmed — joins YouTube for new video empire  —  Google has reached a deal to buy game livestreaming firm Twitch for $1 billion, according to sources familiar with the matter.  —  Citing unnamed sources, Variety said back in May that Google had made an all-cash offer …

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Faryaab S. / SamMobile: Exclusive: Samsung Gear VR setup walkthrough, First look at Gear VR Manager  —  A few weeks ago, we exclusively confirmed the existence of Samsung's upcoming virtual reality headset, the Gear VR, and revealed some new information about it and posted a render of the actual device.

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica: FCC gets its chance to overturn state limits on broadband competition  —  FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has been saying he'll use the agency's authority to overturn state laws that limit municipal broadband networks, and now he has a chance to make good on that promise.

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Joe Rossignol / 9to5Google: Gmail for iOS updated with ‘Insert from Drive’ and ‘Save to Drive’  —  Google has released an update to Gmail for iOS this afternoon that brings “Insert from Drive” and “Save to Drive” functionality to the iPhone and iPad.  Just like with Gmail on the web, iOS users can now insert files directly from Google Drive into emails.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Instagram's “Bolt” Leak Could Be A New Facebook App Or An App Install Ad Test  —  Some Instagram users are reporting having briefly seen a banner advertisement within the Instagram application which pointed to a new app called “Bolt,” described as a “one tap photo messaging” app.

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Jillian D'Onfro / Business Insider: Google Is Offering Three Months Of Free Unlimited Music To Celebrate One Year Of Chromecast  —  Happy first birthday, Chromecast!  —  Google released its $35 TV streaming dongle about one year ago, and to celebrate, the company is giving users a free, 90-day subscription to All Access Music …

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Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch: Amazon Drops 5% After Missing In Q2 With In-Line Sales Of $19.34B, Larger Than Expected Loss Of $0.27  —  Following the bell today, Amazon reported its second quarter financial performance including a $0.27 per share loss on revenue of $19.34 billion.  Analysts had expected Amazon to lose $0.15 on revenue of $19.34 billion.

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Abby Phillip / Washington Post: Wikipedia blocks anonymous edits (and trolling) from a congressional IP address  —  A Wikipedia administrator has blocked anonymous edits from a congressional IP address for 10 days because of “disruptive” edits being made by someone located in the House of Representatives, a spokesman for the Wikimedia Foundation confirmed.

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: Pandora Q2 Tops Expectations Slightly With $218.9M In Revenue, But Its Stock Is Falling  —  Pandora came in barely ahead of analyst estimates in its just-released second quarter earnings report.  —  The streaming music company reported revenue of $218.9 million (up 38 percent on a non-GAAP basis) …

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Amazon: Amazon.com Announces Second Quarter Sales up 23% to $19.34 Billion  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2014.  —  Operating cash flow increased 18% to $5.33 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $4.53 billion …

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Ernesto / TorrentFreak: Pirate Bay Launches Mobile Site, Teases More Expansions  —  One of The Pirate Bay's strengths has been its resilience.  No matter how hard the movie and music industries try, the site remains operational.  —  Over the years the Pirate Bay site has undergone many changes to make it harder to shut down.

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Steve Dent / Engadget: IFTTT's recipe-powered automation now works with Square mobile payments  —  Consumers have been automating apps with IFTTT (If This Then That) for awhile by, say, backing up Instagram photos to Dropbox whenever they snap a photo.  Now, businesses will be able to take advantage of IFTTT directly from the Square mobile payment app.

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: Facebook and Uber Discuss Integration of Car Service Into Messenger  —  Mark Zuckerberg must be looking to Asia for inspiration for the kind of platform Facebook Messenger could become.  —  Here's one idea: An integration with popular car-hailing service Uber that would be beneficial to both and, presumably, their users.

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Bloomberg: Zillow seeking to acquire Trulia for up to $2 billion, combining the two most-visited US real estate sites  —  Zillow Said to Be Seeking to Buy Rival Real-Estate Site Trulia  —  Zillow Inc. is seeking to acquire rival Trulia Inc., people with knowledge of the matter said …

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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac: Apple releases OS X Yosemite Public Beta  —  Apple has started sending out OS X Yosemite builds for Beta Program, as announced yesterday.  The build is being sent out to a million Beta Program members.  Participants can get a redemption code from the site, to redeem in the Mac App Store.

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Andy Greenberg / Wired: How Hackers Hid a Money-Mining Botnet in Amazon's Cloud  —  Hackers have long used malware to enslave armies of unwitting PCs, but security researchers Rob Ragan and Oscar Salazar had a different thought: Why steal computing power from innocent victims when there's so much free processing power out there for the taking?

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Mark Hearn / 9to5Google: Google switching Chrome to its homemade BoringSSL to make its browser safer  —  Google has exhausted a lot of resources patching up OpenSSL, so much in fact, the company has elected to create its own fork aptly named BoringSSL.  Preparing to move the platform to Chrome …

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Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal: Digital Whiteboard Trello Spins Out of Fog Creek With $10.3M  —  For the second time, Fog Creek Software Inc. has spun out a company—Trello Inc., an internal project management tool that became so popular, according to the founders, it needed to exist on its own.

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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom: Chromecast has been used 400M times to ‘cast’ sessions to TVs since it launched a year ago  —  Chromecast turns one: why this small streaming stick became such a big deal  —  A year after launch, Chromecast streaming sticks have been used 400 million times to cast media to TVs.

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Tracey Lien / Polygon: Sony agrees to $15M settlement in 2011 data breach class action  —  Sony today agreed to a $15 million preliminary settlement in a class action lawsuit over its 2011 data breach, which led to the theft of names, addresses and possibly credit card data belonging to 77 million user accounts.

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