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Carmel DeAmicis / Gigaom: Max Levchin's latest: Homer, a creepily intimate look at what apps your friends use  —  Max Levchin's latest product, Homer, lets you see your friends' phone screens to discover new apps.  It also unwittingly provides a fascinating window into their lives.  —  My gchat pinged.  “Why do you have Glow?

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Peter Kafka / Re/code: Why Doesn't Facebook Want to Brag About Its Billion-Dollar App Ad Business?  —  Did you think that Facebook's amazing mobile ad story — mobile was a big, troublesome zero two years ago, and 62 percent of the company's ad revenue yesterday — was fueled by app install ads?

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Andy Greenberg / Wired: With photo-based key-copying services like KeyMe, simply allowing others to view your keys poses a security problem  —  The App I Used to Break Into My Neighbor's Home  —  When I broke into my neighbor's home earlier this week, I didn't use any cat burglar skills.  I don't know how to pick locks.

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Michael Crider / Android Police: Leaked Photos Of A Motorola Pre-Production Device: This May Be The Moto X+1  —  We've been hearing rumors and seeing at least some evidence of a new Motorola flagship for the past few months.  The Moto X was released in August of last year, which makes it just about time for a refresh in the current yearly phone cycle.

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google Translate Adds Crowdsourcing Features To Improve Its Translations  —  Over the years, Google Translate has gotten significantly better at giving its users (relatively) legible translations fo most commonly used languages.  It's still far off from being perfect, though …

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Nate Raymond / Reuters: Judge Denise Cote concerned about e-book settlement because Apple's liability could fall from $450M to $70M if her ruling is reversed on a minor issue  —  U.S. judge says she is troubled by Apple $450 million e-books deal  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday expressed concern …

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TechCrunch: Apple Secretly Acquired “Pandora For Books” Startup BookLamp To Battle Amazon  —  TechCrunch has learned that Apple has made another acquisition, one that it is using to boost its e-books effort and “beat Amazon at its own game.”  It has bought BookLamp, a startup based out of Boise, Idaho …

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Peter Kafka / Re/code: Vevo, the Giant Music Video Site, Tries to Fix Itself Before It Sells Itself  —  Music videos are huge on the Web, and Vevo is huge in music videos.  It generates six billion views a month, and is crucial to both the music industry and YouTube.  —  Now Vevo's owners want to find a new investor …

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Andrew Chung / Reuters: Bose sues Beats over headphone noise-cancellation patents  —  (Reuters) - High-end sound system and headphone maker Bose Corp is going after the newer kid on the block, Beats Electronics, with a lawsuit accusing Beats of infringing several patents related to noise-cancellation technology.

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Laura Slattery / The Irish Times: Google pays €27.7m tax at Irish subsidiary on €17bn revenue  —  ‘Administrative expenses’ of €11.7bn stripped out from Google Ireland Ltd, accounts show  —  Revenue at Google's Irish subsidiary rose 10 per cent last year to €17 billion, with pretax profits climbing almost 23 per cent to €189.1 million.

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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch: Homejoy expands beyond cleaning, starts offering plumbing, handyman, landscaping, painting and other home services as beta to some customers  —  Homejoy Expands Beyond Cleaning With Beta Test Of Home Services  —  When Homejoy raised its $38 million round of funding last December …

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Bloomberg: IBM Said to Reject Globalfoundries Offer for Chip Unit  —  International Business Machines Corp. (IBM)'s talks to sell its money-losing chip-manufacturing operations to Globalfoundries Inc. have ended after the two companies failed to agree on terms, according to people familiar with the process.

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Bose Picks A Patent Fight With Apple's Beats Over Noise-Cancelling Headphones  —  Bose has sued Apple-owned Beats over patents it holds related to noise-cancelling headphones, according to a new report from CNBC.  The new suit means that Apple has a brand new patent battleground …

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Julian Hattem / The Hill: House votes to allow cellphone ‘unlocking’  —  The House on Friday passed legislation allowing people to “unlock” their cellphones and switch from one carrier to another, sending the bill to the president's desk.  —  The bill won unanimous support in the lower chamber and has been widely backed …

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Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom: Verizon will start restricting LTE speeds for its heaviest unlimited-plan customers  —  Verizon's 4G networks soon will start favoring customers who pay for mobile data by the gigabyte over customers who draw deeply from Verizon's unlimited plans.  —  Verizon Wireless has been trying to coax …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Fixed Raises $1.2 Million For A Mobile App That Fights Your Parking Tickets For You  —  Fixed, the clever mobile application that helps you fight your parking tickets just by snapping a photo of the ticket with your mobile phone, has now closed on $1.2 million in seed funding.

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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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