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Google: Google Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2014 Results and Management Change  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014.  —  “Google had a great quarter with revenue up 22% year on year, at $16.0 billion”, said Patrick Pichette, CFO of Google.

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Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch: PredictionIO Raises $2.5M For Its Open Source Machine Learning Server  —  Aiming to do for Machine Learning what MySQL did for database servers, U.S. and UK-based PredictionIO has raised $2.5 million in seed funding from a raft of investors including Azure Capital, QuestVP, CrunchFund …

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Kevin Collier / Daily Dot: The FCC has officially received 1 million net neutrality comments  —  net neutrality is too boring a topic to rile up Americans.  —  As of Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had received 1 million official comments about whether to allow Internet providers to divide …

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Todd Bishop / GeekWire: Microsoft cuts will also hit ‘shadow workforce,’ going beyond announced layoffs  —  Microsoft's decision to cut 18,000 jobs from its workforce represents the largest round of layoffs in the company's history, but it also understates the impact on the company and the job market.

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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web: Amazon expands its Mobile Ads API to support iOS devices, says the Fire phone will be added on July 25  —  Amazon has announced that its mobile ad network supports iOS devices as of today, and will be adding support for its Fire phone on July 25, the day it launches.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Facebook starts testing Buy button on News Feed ads and Page posts, not charging the select participating US businesses for now  —  Facebook Tests Buy Button To Let You Purchase Stuff Without Leaving Facebook  —  Facebook is try out letting you pay for ecommerce purchases from other businesses without leaving its site or app.

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Pete Rizzo / CoinDesk: With BitLicenses, NY becomes the first state to propose rules for virtual currency business  —  New York Reveals BitLicense Framework for Bitcoin Businesses  —  The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has released its long-anticipated list of proposed rules and regulations …

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Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom: No signal?  GoTenna has a messaging gadget that will work in the middle of nowhere  —  For all of our dependency on mobile phones, there are still quite a few places in this world you can't get a wireless signal, from mountaintops to national parks to rural highways and even the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

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Romain Dillet / TechCrunch: Product Hunt, The Popular Tech Product Discovery Site, Is In Current Y Combinator Batch  —  Much-buzzed-about startup Product Hunt has another trick up its sleeve — it turns out the startup is in the current Y Combinator batch.  As a reminder, Product Hunt is a community-powered news website for tech product launches.

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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web: Facebook starts testing Buy button on News Feed ads and Page posts, currently limited to select US businesses  —  Facebook today announced it is testing a new feature with ‘a few’ small and medium-sized businesses in the US: a Buy button.  The goal is to help businesses drive sales directly …

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft cuts to affect nearly all groups; OS Group restructuring to become more startup-like  —  Beyond 12,500 former Nokia employees, who else is Microsoft laying off?  —  Summary: The former Nokia employees who joined Microsoft in April are bearing the brunt of Microsoft's just-announced layoffs.

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Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code: Microsoft to Shutter Xbox Entertainment Studios  —  Microsoft will shut down the Xbox Entertainment Studios, ending an ambitious foray into original video programming.  —  The Santa Monica studio, with its estimated 200 employees, will be shuttered as Microsoft focuses on strengthening its core videogame business.

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Peter Kafka / Re/code: Facebook launches Mentions iPhone app, intended for use by public figures with verified Pages  —  You Can't Use Facebook's New iPhone App — Unless You're Famous  —  Stars aren't just like us.  They need a special app to post on Facebook.  —  That's the thinking behind Mentions …

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Stephen Hall / 9to5Google: Google planning to support Android Wear custom watch faces with new API  —  When Android Wear first launched, it was unclear whether Google was going to be offering official support for third-party watch faces.  This uncertainty definitely didn't stop developers from just going ahead and making some …

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Paul Sawers / The Next Web: Flayvr pivots to MyRoll, an intelligent mobile gallery app that displays all your best photos  —  We last caught up with Flayvr way back in May last year, just as the startup finally shook off its iOS-only roots with an Android incarnation.  —  The idea behind Flayvr has always been simple …

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Wall Street Journal: EU Regulators Invite Google, Microsoft to Discuss ‘Right to Be Forgotten’  —  Ruling Has Become Latest Battleground Over Freedom of Speech and the Right to Online Privacy  —  European Union privacy watchdogs plan to raise concerns about the implementation by Google Inc. of the bloc's new …

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CNBC: US Copyright Office says Aereo not a cable company under terms of Copyright Act  —  US copyright officials have told Aereo that they do not consider it a “cable company” under the terms of copyright law, according to a letter obtained by CNBC.  Aereo, which lost a key Supreme Court ruling …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft is killing off Nokia's feature phones in favor of Windows Phone  —  Nokia might have been famous for its feature phones, but Microsoft is planning to wind that business down over the course of the next 18 months.  In an internal memo sent to Microsoft employees, Jo Harlow …

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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac: Facebook rolling out Mentions iPhone app for verified public figures  —  Facebook is releasing a new app today called Mentions, an app exclusively for public figures with verified pages that previous reports noted the company was experimenting with.  —  According to Facebook …

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Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac: New iTunes Pass credit refill service now available in United States (update: Australia, too)  —  Yesterday Apple rolled out its new iTunes Pass service to Japan, allowing users to use a Passbook card to add credit to an iTunes account from an Apple Retail Store.  Starting today, the offer is also available in the United States.

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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch: Shervin Pishevar And Scott Stanford's SherpaVentures Closes $150 Million For Its First Fund  —  SherpaVentures, the venture firm founded by former Menlo Ventures partner Shervin Pishevar and former Goldman Sachs banker Scott Stanford, is finally ready to be less vague about what it's doing.

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Taylor Soper / GeekWire: Xbox One sales double, one month after $100 price cut  —  Offering up a cheaper Xbox One is helping Microsoft sell quite a bit more consoles.  The company announced today that since it began selling a $399 version of the Xbox One without the Kinect sensor on June 9 — a $100 price cut …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Disrupt Finalist Boomerang Commerce Raises $8.5M Series A Round For Its Price Optimization Service  —  Boomerang Commerce, one of our six finalists at the latest Disrupt in New York, today announced that it has raised an $8.5 million Series A round.  The round was led by Madrona Venture Group and Trinity Ventures.

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Matt Burns / TechCrunch: Nokia X Android Devices To Run Windows Phone  —  Last month Nokia, you know, Microsoft's mobile division, launched the Nokia X2, a low-cost Android handset.  Yes, Android.  This was the second device in the product line and a curious one at that.  Because Android.

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Satya Nadella / Microsoft Corporation: Satya Nadella's email to Microsoft employees on integration of Nokia Devices and Services  —  Starting to Evolve Our Organization and Culture  —  Last week in my email to you I synthesized our strategic direction as a productivity and platform company.  Having a clear focus is the start of the journey, not the end.

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