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Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's pitch for hybrids: Tablets alone don't cut it/The tech titan is making the case for hybrids. This time the push comes before an expected flood of new 2-in-1 devices." CNET News 7:34 AM
  • "Telefonica to boost promotion of Windows Phone 8 to break iOS, Android" Electronista 7:26 AM
  • "Microsoft Turns On Its First Carrier-Billing Deal For The Windows Phone Store With Bango, In Indonesia" TechCrunch 7:41 AM
  • "IE11 Embraces Competitors' Standards in Windows 8.1" PC Magazine 8:43 AM
  • "Microsoft gets all touchy-feely with Internet Explorer 11: The browser is designed for Windows 8.1, but according to one report, will eventually make its way to Windows 7." CNET News 7:44 AM
  • "Microsoft could get stuck in a 'boring niche' if Windows 8.1 flops" BGR 2:20 PM
  • "This Phone Is Microsoft's Best, Maybe Only, Chance At Winning The Smartphone War" Business Insider 7:59 AM
  • "Xbox One Kinect won't work with PCs, Windows version to cost $399" Geek 8:00 AM
  • "Windows Azure Now Stores 8.5 Trillion Data Objects, Manages 900K Transactions Per Second" TechCrunch 12:30 PM
  • "Microsoft Seeks End to Dinosaur-Era Software Upgrade Cycle: Tech" Bloomberg 7:13 PM
  • "Microsoft speeds Office update cycle to just three weeks" BGR 7:13 PM
  • "Microsoft helps Netflix ditch Silverlight for HTML5" BGR 9:11 PM
  • "Dell's streak with the phablet hasn't ended" Business Today 7:46 AM
  • "Michael Dell vs. Carl Icahn: Battle Details Revealed" The VAR Guy 7:47 AM
  • "Dell Tightens Corporate Security With Protected Workplace: Dell has beefed up enterprise security with the launch of Protected Workspace for business PCs" TechWeekEurope 7:47 AM
  • "HP Wins $67 Million Spain Government Cloud Contract" InformationWeek 11:23 AM
  • "HP Reveals Its Latest Revival Strategy" Silicon India 7:48 AM
  • "Intel Z87 Motherboard Review with Haswell: Gigabyte, MSI, ASRock and ASUS" AnandTech 7:53 AM
  • "Intel's taking a serious look at object storage. What's their game?" The Register 7:54 AM
  • "Intel launches 'Haswell' fourth generation of Intel Core processors in India" ThinkDigit 7:59 AM
  • "Intel's 4th generation processors to bring in thinner designs, more battery life" Business Today 7:54 AM
  • "Intel: Major Catalyst Coming On July 22" Seeking Alpha 12:24 PM
  • "Can an AMD chip overclocked to 5GHz keep up with Haswell?" ExtremeTech 9:19 AM
  • "AMD spruces up open-source Linux graphics driver" Fudzilla 7:49 AM
  • "IBM layoffs pass 3,000, says labor group: Uncertainty over how much higher the latest round of job cuts will go" Computerworld 8:01 PM
  • "IBM seeks to hire 800 for tech jobs in Louisiana" Bayou Buzz 7:57 AM
  • "Report: IBM may cut 500 jobs in China" UPI 7:58 AM
  • "IBM and Wimbledon: the tech that takes you closer to the tennis" ITProPortal 7:58 AM
  • "Cisco fixes serious vulnerabilities in email, Web and content security appliances: The vulnerabilities could allow attackers to inject commands and crash critical services" Computerworld 10:30 AM
  • "Cisco, Insieme tout 'penalty-free' fabric architecture" Network World 7:49 AM
  • "Cisco unveils application-centric data center networking architecture" Telecom Tiger 7:50 AM
  • "Cisco Is A Great Value Stock With A Growing Dividend" Seeking Alpha 8:01 AM
  • "Larry Ellison admits it: Quick, cheap, and cloud are the future" CITEworld 7:03 PM
  • "Oracle, NetSuite team on cloud services for mid-size customers: Oracle earlier this week also announced agreements with Microsoft and Salesforce.com" Computerworld 7:27 AM
  • "PC sales expected to pick up in the second half" BGR 7:18 AM
General Interest
  • "Firefox gets a new logo, rolls out desktop and Android Beta updates" Engadget 9:29 PM
  • "Google Is Developing Android Game Console" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 7:05 PM
  • "Google developing Android videogame console: report" Reuters 7:04 PM
  • "WSJ: Google Is Making an Android Video Game Console and Smartwatch" Gizmodo 7:05 PM
  • "Mars rover Curiosity captures 1.3-gigapixel panorama of the Red Planet" ExtremeTech 4:09 PM
  • "MIT startup offers highly engineered dress socks: Humble dress socks get a high-tech overhaul thanks to advanced engineering and 3D knitting processes." CNET News 12:27 PM
  • "European internet 'running 25% slower than advertised'" BBC 11:24 AM
  • "Amazon opens up Kindle Worlds Store, for all your licensed fan fic needs" Engadget 11:07 AM
  • "Amazon opens Kindle Worlds fan fiction bookstore: The new online bookstore will offer commissioned works based on existing TV series, books, comics, and music." CNET News 10:40 AM
  • "Samsung Starts Selling Curved OLED TVs: Top TV Maker Looks to Cement Lead; Sets $13,000 Price Tag" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 10:15 AM
  • "'Roam if you want to' - EU lowers mobile fees for summer" Reuters 10:13 AM
  • "Yahoo News gets a facelift to become 'more personal': New features of the redesign include easier navigation, a customizable content stream, and faster loading of articles." CNET News 10:40 AM
  • "Yahoo News Gets A Makeover, But The Bigger Improvements Are Under The Hood" TechCrunch 9:40 AM
  • "In Japan, robots could be man's next best friend" Quartz 8:29 AM
  • "Verizon hits 500 LTE markets as focus shifts to coverage over speed: The carrier, which is 'substantially complete' with its 4G rollout, may be the leader in breadth of coverage, but it's no longer the fastest network. That doesn't matter as much, says Verizon Wireless' network exec" CNET News 8:21 AM
  • "Verizon 4G LTE reaches 500th market, initial network build-out now complete" Engadget 8:18 AM
  • "Visualized: The $15,000 Westinghouse 4K Whiteboard" Engadget 7:44 AM
  • "Google Now comes closer to Chrome, shares TV show info: The Android version of Google's notification system can reveal background about TV you're watching, and Google is wiring Now up to Chrome, too." CNET News 7:37 AM
  • "Pandora calls artist royalties flap an orchestrated 'lie': Co-founder Tim Westergren charges the RIAA with running a 'misinformation campaign' and denies lobbying for an 85 percent reduction in artist royalties." CNET News 7:36 AM
  • "28Tbps undersea fiber backed by Google, China Telecom, NEC goes live: The 8,900 kilometer fiber cable system connects Japan, China, Singapore and the Philippines" Computerworld 7:34 AM
  • "Leef's Bridge USB flash drive lets you share files between your smartphone and computer" Engadget 7:30 AM
  • "Amazon's AutoRip expands to the UK, pairs free MP3s with CDs and records" The Verge 7:40 AM
  • "Amazon AutoRip reaches Europe, provides free MP3s for bought albums" Electronista 7:28 AM
  • "Facebook boosts #hashtag presence with mobile: The social network gets hashtag heavy: rolling out hashtags for mobile, along with related hashtags." CNET News 9:28 PM
  • "Facebook recruiting Android users for to test its app: The social network utilizes Google Play's new beta testing program to turn users into Android app testers who can report bugs and crashes immediately to Facebook." CNET News 2:19 PM
  • "Facebook's road to clean power will be a long one" GigaOM 12:27 PM
  • "Thailand is buying record numbers of smartphones, but it's Facebook that people really want" Quartz 7:37 AM
  • "Researcher nets $20K for finding serious Facebook flaw: The problem, now fixed, could have allowed anyone to take over a person's account" Computerworld 7:27 AM
  • "HTC One, Galaxy S4 'Google Play Editions' now available in US: 0" Electronista 7:28 AM
  • "What will money look like in space? PayPal wants to find out" GigaOM 7:31 AM
  • "PayPal eyes opportunities in outer space: The payments processor is looking at opportunities in an age of space tourism" Computerworld 7:27 AM
  • "PayPal says outer space is its next frontier: Space tourism is expected explode in popularity over the coming years. How will space travelers pick up a drink at the space hotel bar or pay for a dune buggy ride on the moon? PayPal says it will have an answer." CNET News 7:36 AM
  • "Interplanetary Payments? 'Paypal Galactic' Initiative To Prep Space-Based Payment System. No, Really." Digital Trends 8:44 AM
  • "Twitter wants to make a 'DVR mode' for live TV events, offer delayed Twitter streams" Engadget 7:28 AM
  • "Sony launches RX100M2, makes the best pocket-sized camera even better" The Verge 7:41 AM
Press Releases
  • "Dell Software Gains Momentum with Product Awards and Finalist Nominations" Business Wire 8:02 AM
  • "Expedient and Intel Create First-of-Its-Kind Cloud Computing Resource Center" PRNewswire 7:53 AM
  • "IBM Announces Services Center in Germany, Creating up to 300 New Tech Roles" PRNewswire 7:56 AM
  • "Emerging Technologies such asBig Data and Cloud Bring New Opportunities for Innovations- Research Report on IBM, sTec, Keynote, MicroStrategy, and Cray" PRNewswire 7:57 AM
  • "Roamware Selects IBM Big Data Analytics Technology to Build Solutions That Empower Mobile Operators to Harness the Power of Data" PRNewswire 7:57 AM
Microsoft
  • "Microsoft shows off a wall of 200 Windows Phones you can control remotely" The Verge 9:27 PM
  • "Microsoft developer directions: One Windows core doesn't mean one store" ZDNet 9:07 PM
  • "Analysis: Xbox 360 poised to pass Wii in US sales by year's end/Nintendo maintains worldwide sales lead, though, thanks in large part to Japan." Ars Technica 7:18 PM
  • "Microsoft's Outlook RT preview: Which features are (and aren't) supported" ZDNet 6:21 PM
  • "Microsoft patent filing attempts to lock down games with multiple engines running concurrently" Engadget 2:06 PM
  • "Microsoft makes Azure Mobile Services, Web Sites generally available/Summary: Microsoft is moving more of its Windows Azure services from preview to general availability. The latest: Azure Mobile Services and Azure Web Sites." ZDNet 2:02 PM
  • "How to use Azure's new connectivity features: Microsoft's beefed up the cloud software's networking and infrastructure options." Computerworld 7:34 AM
  • "Microsoft no longer charges developers to patch their Xbox 360 games" Eurogamer 7:26 AM
  • "Windows 8.1 fails at its mission" BGR 9:19 AM
  • "Windows RT 8.1: Still slow, still plagued by the Desktop, still useless" ExtremeTech 7:30 AM
  • "All About The New Windows 8.1 Start Button & Improved Start Screen" AddictiveTips 7:17 AM
  • "Windows 8.1 Multitasking & Improved Snap Feature Explained" AddictiveTips 7:17 AM
Government/Law/Politics
  • "Turkey seeks to tighten control over Twitter" BBC 11:24 AM
  • "Guardian: NSA still collecting Americans' online data under Obama administration" Engadget 11:07 AM
  • "Top EU court says printers can be taxed to compensate rights holders: Canon, Epson, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Kyocera and Xerox may have to hand over information on printers sold since 2001" Computerworld 10:29 AM
  • "EFF sues FBI over facial-recognition records: The civil liberties group wants details on the FBI's efforts to build a new biometric database" Computerworld 10:30 AM
  • "IRS Puts Open Source Projects Under Microscope, Spawns Nonprofit Black Hole" Wired Magazine 7:40 AM
  • "WikiLeaks Volunteer Was a Paid Informant for the FBI" Wired 7:40 AM
  • "Secret court lifts veil, slightly, on Google, Microsoft lawsuits: A Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge breaks with tradition by taking a tiny step toward more openness in lawsuits brought by Google and Microsoft. They're trying to clear their names." CNET News 7:37 AM
  • "Patent troll that sues public transit systems gets hauled into court" Ars Technica 7:17 AM
Analysis/Editorial/Help/Opinion
  • "Preempting the Praetorian Guard" asymco 12:25 PM
  • "News flash: Dropbox still wants to be the Dropbox of the Enterprise ..." GigaOM 12:25 PM
  • "Why U.S. Must Invest In Internet-Connected Infrastructure" InformationWeek 11:23 AM
  • "Jimmy Wales Is Not an Internet Billionaire" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:21 AM
  • "Dogs dressed as their owners - in pictures" The Guardian 10:59 AM
  • "Sony: 'It's not the decline of consoles, it's the decline of a generation'" GamesIndustry 10:41 AM
  • "BlackBerry is back from the dead" BGR 10:16 AM
  • "Mystery solved: meteorite caused Tunguska devastation/Nothing but tiny fragments left, but clearly from a meteorite." Ars Technica 10:15 AM
  • "Q&A: Scanning a Signature for Digital Documents" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:28 AM
  • "Mission: Translating Amazon 'cloud speak' for CIO, CEOs and other mere mortals" GigaOM 8:19 AM
  • "Learn Best Practices For Pinterest Account Management [Infographic & Insights] Social Barrel 7:41 AM
  • "Sony expands high-end Cyber-shot lineup with RX100M2, full-frame RX1R (hands-on)" Engadget 7:30 AM
  • "Motorola: Hands Off You Damn Dirty Apes" Brand New 7:18 AM
Acquisitions/Deals/Investments/Mergers
  • "Adobe to buy digital marketing software company for $600 million" Reuters 8:32 PM
  • "Adobe digs deeper into marketing field with Neolane purchase: Adobe will fold Neolane's Conversational Marketing Platform into its own Marketing Cloud portfolio" Computerworld 7:17 PM
  • "Kickstarter Allowing Canada-Based Projects Beginning This Summer" TechCrunch 11:07 AM
  • "We Heart It, The Social Photo Phenom That's Quietly Amassed 20M Monthly Users, Nabs $8M Funding" TechCrunch 8:28 AM
  • "GRP Partners Raises $200 Million Fund, Nabs New Office Space And Rebrands As Upfront Ventures" TechCrunch 8:28 AM
  • "Marissa Mayer Bets on Brit + Co. — And the Future of Retail" Wired 7:40 AM
  • "Berlin startup NumberFour raises $38M from Index, Jerry Yang, Andy Bechtolsheim" GigaOM 7:34 AM
  • "Education giant Pearson debuts the first class of its virtual ed tech startup accelerator" GigaOM 7:31 AM
Tech Stocks
  • "Tech Stocks: Microsoft gains stand out as techs advance/Tech sector gets a lift as investors push the broad market upward" MarketWatch 7:23 PM
  • "The bulls are back on Wall Street" CNNMoney 7:23 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Roll for Third Day as Economic Data Strengthen" TheStreet 7:24 PM
  • "Futures Hold Gains as Traders Mull Data" FOXBusiness 8:04 AM
  • "Stocks gain on encouraging news about the economy" Associated Press 12:33 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise on Upbeat Data Fed Speakers Stress Central Bank Is Unlikely to Pare Stimulus Before Economy Is Ready" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3:06 PM
  • "Asia Markets: Japan, Korea stocks rally amid Fed hopes/Japanese and South Korean stocks jumped Thursday on hopes the Federal Reserve will maintain its bond purchases for longer, while mainland Chinese shares continued to drop amid worries over policy outlook." MarketWatch 8:05 AM
  • "Europe Markets: Europe stocks mostly up, chemicals off/Most European stocks traded higher on Thursday, following on from global equity gains, though the major indexes were flat as broker downgrades in the chemical sector hit several stocks, while Subsea 7 SA tumbled on an earnings update." MarketWatch 8:05 AM
  • "Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks: Nasdaq's 10 most active stocks at 1 p.m." Associated Press 12:32 PM
  • "Final Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares mixed at the close of trading" Associated Press 7:22 PM



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Bloomberg (Updated 4:10 PM CST)
  • "Oracle Profit, Sales Top Estimates Amid Shift to Cloud"
  • "BlackBerry Tries to Win Back Die-Hards With 'Classic'"
  • "Sony N.Y. Film Debut Canceled as Hackers Raise Threats"
  • "Baidu to Buy Uber Stake in Challenge to Alibaba in China"
  • "Uber Reviewing Safety Programs Amid Scrutiny of Driver Screening "
  • "Costolo's Family Trusts Sell Remaining Twitter Stock"
  • "FCC Said to Seek $105 Million Fine From Sprint for Bogus Billing"
  • "Dark Matter Hunt Begins at CERN's Cappuccino-a-Year Atom Smasher"
  • "T-Mobile's Latest Offer Is Rolling Over High-Speed Data"
  • "Qihoo Will Invest $409.1 Million in Smartphone JV With Coolpad" ...
InformationWeek (Checked 4:10 PM; no changes since 12:50 PM CST)
  • "Luxury Watchmaker TAG Heuer Sees Digital 'Tsunami'"
  • "BlackBerry Returns To Its Roots With Classic"
  • "Salesforce.com Connects To Microsoft SharePoint"
  • "3 OpenStack Predictions For 2015"
  • "Analytics Showdown: Should Apps Be Simpler, Or Smarter?"
New York Times (Updated 4:10 PM CST)
  • "Sprint Is Sued Over Cellphone Bill 'Cramming'"
  • "Theater Chains Decline to Show Sony's 'The Interview,' Citing Threats"
  • "Amazon Not as Unstoppable as It May Appear"
  • "Santa Apps Bring Fun and Order to the Holidays"
  • "Google's Detractors Take Their Fight to the States"
  • "Throwback BlackBerry Classic Hits the Right Keys"
  • "Early Look at Web Videos, for a Small Monthly Fee"
  • "Apple Wins Decade-Old Suit Over iTunes Updates"
  • "Quandary for Sony in Terror Threats Over 'The Interview'"
  • "TheSkimm, an Email Newsletter, Draws Fans Like Oprah Winfrey – and Investors" ...
PC Magazine (Updated 4:10 PM CST)
  • "Report: Twitter, Foursquare to Partner on Location Data"
  • "BlackBerry's CEO Addresses the App Gap"
  • "Why You Need Antivirus Software"
  • "Netflix Arrives on Dish Set-Top Boxes"
  • "Report: Facebook Testing 'Sell Something' Option"
  • "NBC.com Adds Limited Live-Streaming"
  • "Sean Parker Pledges $24M for Allergy Research"
  • "Comcast Customers Can Finally Watch HBO, Showtime on Roku"
  • "Neal Stephenson Named 'Chief Futurist' at Magic Leap"
  • "Unearthed E.T. Atari Cartridge Phones Home to Smithsonian" ...
Reuters (Updated 4:10 PM CST)
  • "New York premiere of North Korea comedy canceled after threats"
  • "Sony Pictures CEO consulted U.S. State Department on film, leaked emails show"
  • "U.S. consumer bureau sues Sprint for phone bill 'cramming'"
  • "FCC eyes $105 million fine for Sprint over phone bill 'cramming'"
  • "IBM says cloud business enjoying 'breakthrough year'"
  • "U.S. startup sues France's Orange over social calling app"
  • "Leaked Sony emails show Loeb influence on studio execs"
  • "U.S. fears Sony hackers may never be caught: law enforcement official"
  • "BlackBerry woos keyboard loyalists with launch of Classic"
  • "Online lender OnDeck Capital's shares soar in debut" ...


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