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Paige Thelen / Lyft Blog: Lyft to launch 7pm tonight in NYC, drivers will need taxi commission licenses, company “will pause operations” in Buffalo and Rochester by August 1st  —  Lyft Launches in NYC  —  Tonight, after making positive progress with local and state leaders, Lyft will launch in all five boroughs of New York City.

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Reed Albergotti / Wall Street Journal: SEC Drops Probe Into Facebook for Pre-IPO Disclosures  —  Facebook on Thursday said the Securities and Exchange Commission dropped its probe into the company over disclosures about advertising revenue ahead of its May 2012 initial public offering.  —  The SEC had been investigating whether …

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Liz Gannes / Re/code: Lyft allowed to launch in NYC on Friday, drivers will require licenses from taxi commission  —  Lyft Works Out Deal to Operate in New York City  —  Ride-hailing service Lyft on Friday will begin operations in New York City, after reaching an agreement with the state and the taxi and limousine commission.

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Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal: Amazon Fire smartphone now available at AT&T  —  Amazon's Fire Phone Hits Stores, Minus the Fanfare  —  Amazon on Friday is embarking on its grandest attempt yet to keep customers buying more from its namesake site.  —  The company will begin selling its new Fire smartphone at AT&T stores without …

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Reuters: China Telecom to sell Microsoft's Xbox One from September  —  (Reuters) - China Telecom Corp Ltd will sell Microsoft Corp's Xbox One gaming console in China from September through an exclusive contract, the country's third-largest telecommunications company said on Friday.

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RT: Russian Interior Ministry offers $111k to crack TOR network  —  Russia's Interior Ministry is offering $111k for a technological solution that would allow police officers to identify internet surfers who are using the TOR anonymizer network, which has been rapidly growing in popularity inside the country.

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Stephan Doerner / Wall Street Journal: Germany's Rocket Internet looking to raise up to $4.7B in IPO on Frankfurt Stock Exchange  —  Germany's Rocket Internet Eyes Possible Frankfurt IPO  —  Company Looking to Raise Up to $4.71 Billion, People Familiar With Matter Say  —  BERLIN—Rocket Internet AG, a German company …

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Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal: Google has granted over 50% of “Right to be Forgotten” requests, over 100,000 links from 91,000 people  —  Google Grants Majority of ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Requests  —  Statistics Come as 91,000 People Request Removal of Some Search Results for Their Names

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Chris Welch / The Verge: Comixology users can now download DRM-free backups of some comics  —  Maybe Amazon's purchase of Comixology isn't the worst thing to ever happen after all.  Comic book readers on iOS have been fuming over the loss of in-app purchases following the company's acquisition …

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft delivers OneNote for Amazon Fire Phone, Kindle Fire tablets  —  Summary: Microsoft is making its OneNote note-taking app available for free for the Fire Phone and Kindle Fire tablets through Amazon's Appstore for Android.  —  On the heels of announcing Skype for Amazon's Fire Phone …

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Ian Sherr / CNET: Facebook's Oculus teaming with Samsung for mobile virtual reality push  —  The company is working with one of the world's largest smartphone makers in an effort to push VR beyond desktop computers and consoles.  —  The future of virtual reality may already be in your pocket.

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Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal: Google to Collect Data to Define Healthy Human  —  Baseline Study to Try to Create Picture From the Project's Findings  —  Google Inc. has embarked on what may be its most ambitious and difficult science project ever: a quest inside the human body.  —  Called Baseline Study …

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Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal: Google to Collect Data to Define Healthy Human  —  Baseline Study to Try to Create Picture From the Project's Findings  —  Google Inc. has embarked on what may be its most ambitious and difficult science project ever: a quest inside the human body.  —  Called Baseline Study …

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Seth Porges / Forbes: Hotel Wi-Fi Test ranks hotels by expected Wi-Fi speeds from crowdsourced data  —  Need A Hotel With Fast Wi-Fi?  This Site Has You Covered  —  Hotel Wi-Fi connections can be a big black mystery box.  There are those without Wi-Fi, those that charge you extra for it …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google Folds Its Workforce Management Tool, Maps Coordinates, Into Maps Engine Pro  —  Last year, Google launched Maps Engine Pro, a service that aims to make it easier for businesses to create, manage and share maps to visualize their data.  Until now, this offering was purely about map creation …

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John Cook / GeekWire: Redfin settles stock dispute ‘peaceably’ with founder and former CTO, in run-up to possible IPO  —  A bitter stock dispute between Redfin and two of the company's earliest employees has ended in a settlement agreement, terms of which are not being disclosed.

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Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica: Bitcoins.com domain auction cancelled after judge's restraining order  —  Heritage Auctions, the Texas company orchestrating the Bitcoins.com sale, pulled the auction listing on Wednesday afternoon, stating: “This lot has been withdrawn from this auction.  Bids are no longer accepted and previous bids are cancelled.”

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Nick Statt / CNET: Oyster all-you-can-read e-book service extends to browsers  —  The monthly subscription service that lets you read an unlimited number of e-books is now available on any desktop or mobile browser.  —  Oyster  —  Oyster, the e-book subscription service that lets you read without limits for $9.95 a month …

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Tracy Chou / Pinterest engineering blog: Pinterest releases diversity report: global employees are 60% male, 50% Caucasian, 42% Asian  —  Diversity and Inclusion at Pinterest  —  Last October, I posed the question: “Where are the numbers?”.  It was a call to action for the tech industry to share metrics on diversity in the workplace.

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Politico: President Barack Obama to issue executive order on drone privacy  —  President Barack Obama plans to issue an executive order to develop privacy guidelines for commercial drones operating in U.S. airspace, POLITICO has learned.  —  The order would put the National Telecommunications …

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Dan Frommer / Quartz: Amazon's cloud price war with Google is starting to hurt  —  The numbers: Mixed, as always.  Amazon sales grew in the double-digits for the 52nd quarter in a row.  Revenue increased 23% year-over-year to $19.3 billion.  Operating loss reached $15 million, down from a $79 million operating profit a year ago.

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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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