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Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Revamps Structure and Management" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:38 AM
  • "Steve Ballmer Solidifies Grip on Microsoft:Management Shake-Up Seeks to Speed Product Development, but Points to No Successor" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:04 PM
  • "CEO Ballmer's reorg mail to the troops: 'One Microsoft all the time'/Summary: Microsoft employees across the world just got this e-mail from CEO Steve Ballmer about the company's latest reorg. Here it is in full" ZDNet 9:06 AM
  • "Microsoft hits the reorg button: Redmond unveils its latest (and expected) cross-company reorganization, this one designed to better deliver on its new devices and services charter. Here's who ended up where." CNET News 8:36 AM
  • "Microsoft unveils reorganisation: Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said the company is being restructured in what is the first major overhaul for five years." BBC 10:30 AM
  • "Microsoft Realigns To Focus On Hardware And Better Compete Against The Apples And Samsungs Of The World" TechCrunch 10:49 AM
  • "Microsoft Reorganization Signals Big Challenges Ahead" InformationWeek 12:43 PM
  • "Microsoft announces massive company-wide reorganization" The Verge 10:26 AM
  • "Microsoft's Major Transformation Plan Officially Revealed" Softpedia 8:56 AM
  • "Microsoft's metamorphosis: Ballmer restructures Redmond, focuses on services and devices" Engadget 10:04 AM
  • "Microsoft's major reorganization finally announced" BGR 10:04 AM
  • "'One Microsoft' reorg aims to break down silos. Good luck with that" GigaOM 8:55 AM
  • "Microsoft 3.0: A meaner, leaner devices and services machine? Summary: Microsoft officials announced its latest expected cross-company reorg designed to better deliver on its new devices and services charter. Here's who ended up where." ZDNet 9:10 AM
  • "'One Microsoft': Ballmer Finally Announces 'Far-Reaching Realignment' Around Devices and Services" AllThingsD 8:42 AM
  • "Microsoft says to work as 'single company' after overhaul" Reuters 8:42 AM
  • "Microsoft's profit jab vs. Salesforce.com: Does it hold up?" ZDNet 8:58 AM
  • "Microsoft says PCs were attacked after Google engineer's public Windows bug disclosure" The Verge 8:33 AM
  • "Substantial price cut for Surface RT rumored" Engadget 5:01 PM
  • "Microsoft's Surface Experiment Has Fallen Flat" InformationWeek 8:38 AM
  • "Microsoft turned over more data than thought to NSA – report" GigaOM 3:49 PM
  • "Building a Better Dell: More R&D, Less PCs/Silver Lake is betting it and company founder can restore the computing icon to its former luster." WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:57 PM
  • "Stock Upgrades: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Is on the March" Minyanville 8:41 AM
  • "A Different Perspective On Intel's Bay Trail" Seeking Alpha 2:28 PM
  • "Warning light flashing for Hewlett-Packard" Avauncer 8:49 AM
  • "How Sprint And IBM Are Putting Your Car On The Cloud" Fast Company 8:56 AM
  • "IBM And Sprint Team Up On Smarter Connected Cars That Send Data When The Engine's Off" Forbes 8:57 AM
  • "IBM buys CSL International to expand cloud virtualisation capabilities" ComputerWeekly 8:57 AM
  • "Oracle equips WebLogic, Coherence for cloud use: WebLogic, Coherence, JDeveloper and other Oracle products can now work seamlessly with the company's new Oracle 12c database" Computerworld 7:50 PM
  • "Red Hat will switch from Oracle MySQL to MariaDB, reports/Summary: Officially, Red Hat still isn't saying that MariaDB, instead of Oracle's MySQL, will be its default database management system in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. But off-the-record people close to Red Hat tell a different story." ZDNet 8:58 AM
  • "How Lenovo became No. 1 in PCs" Fortune 8:41 AM
  • "The widening gyre: PC sales fall for a record-breaking fifth quarter" ExtremeTech 8:15 AM
General Interest
  • "Escaping Google's gravity: How small search engines define success/The search world is filled with Davids flinging stones at Google's Goliath. DuckDuckGo and Blekko, two engines fighting the search giant, may stand the best chances of hitting their mark." CNET News 9:29 PM
  • "Human-powered helicopter finally takes Sikorsky Prize: For the first time since its introduction in 1980, the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize for a human-powered helicopter flight has actually been awarded." CNET News 8:55 PM
  • "No doubt about it, Chromebooks are here to stay: Google Chrome OS-based Chromebook laptops take significant share of retail sales in the sub-$300 market, says researcher NPD" Computerworld 7:50 PM
  • "Facebook 'massacre' joker out of jail: A mystery benefactor puts up $500,000 bail money to release Justin Carter from his Texas jail, where he awaited charges of making terroristic threats." CNET News 7:47 PM
  • "Netflix currently in negotiations for another season of 'Arrested Development'" The Verge 7:35 PM
  • "Pebble says a million apps have been downloaded, updates status of outstanding Kickstarter orders" Engadget 6:17 PM
  • "Sprint cuts price of its unlimited plans to $80 per month, offers customers unlimited data guarantee" The Verge 6:35 PM
  • "Sprint officially outs new Unlimited plans: The carrier makes its rumored talk, text, and data plans a reality." CNET Reviews 5:01 PM
  • "Apple, Google fall off list of top-10 brands as BlackBerry climbs to two-year high" BGR 3:49 PM
  • "New version of HTC One coming this year: report: The smartphone hasn't been out long, but there are already rumors of a successor in the wings." CNET News 3:11 PM
  • "Mobile payments in U.S. to top $1B this year, report says: Despite slower-than-expected adoption by consumers, mobile payments will still more than double this year compared with 2012, eMarketer says." CNET News 2:29 PM
  • "Nokia details its new Pro Camera app, offers manual adjustment to shutter speed and focus" Engadget 2:29 PM
  • "Nokia's Lumia 1020 is a lot of camera in a high-end smartphone body (hands-on)" The Verge 3:13 PM
  • "Nokia's Lumia 1020 features 41 megapixel camera" BBC 12:37 PM
  • "Ubuntu's X Window replacement 'Mir' coming in next OS version" Ars Technica 12:38 PM
  • "Sony patent application highlights the DualShock 4 that could've been" Engadget 10:25 AM
  • "Chip startup plans new mobile processor that enables always-on cameras" ExtremeTech 9:59 AM
  • "BMW details i3 electric car" TG Daily 9:38 AM
  • "Nook tablet sales set to take off despite uncertain future" BGR 9:07 AM
  • "Mount Fuji gets 4G: NTT DoCoMo has expanded its LTE network to cover Japan's favorite mountain, including the peak" Computerworld 9:09 AM
  • "Amazon shares hit another record on strong sales data" Reuters 11:05 AM
  • "Amazon caught in the middle of blank CD levy battle: Company is being sued for millions of dollars for selling blank CDs, cassette tapes, memory cards, and MP3 players to Austrian customers who might have used them to record copyrighted music." CNET News 10:03 AM
  • "Amazon adds Miramax flicks to Instant Video lineup: Such films as 'Pulp Fiction,' 'Good Will Hunting,' and 'The English Patient' are now available to users of Amazon's streaming video service." CNET News 9:39 AM
  • "Hulu likely to lose next-day episodes after sale, Eisner says: The former head of Disney, one of Hulu's parents selling the streaming-video site, tells Bloomberg that whoever buys is likely to follow a Netflix route rather than stream TV repeats right after they air." CNET News 8:36 AM
  • "Jay-Z calls Samsung's troubled 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' app experience 'not cool'" The Verge 8:34 AM
  • "PCWorld Exits Print, and the Era of Computer Magazines Ends: The last of the big general-interest PC magazines is no longer a magazine." Techland 8:31 AM
  • "Chrome 28 Blinks: Google pays researcher record $21,500 for reporting bugs in sync service" Computerworld 9:59 AM
  • "Google Will Shut Down Alfred, The Local Recommendations App, July 19" TechCrunch 8:30 AM
  • "Google adds offline Maps button to Android app in response to complaints" The Verge 8:33 AM
  • "Google scrambles to restore offline Google Maps storage: It's handy to cache maps when you know you'll be headed into an area with bad network coverage. Google has tweaked its new Google Maps for Android app to make the feature easier to use." CNET News 8:26 AM
  • "Chrome for Android gets much-sought built-in translation/On-the-fly translation of Web pages is a fixture in Chrome for PCs, but now it's in the Android version, too. Also arriving: SPDY-augmented data compression." CNET News 8:19 AM
  • "AT&T and Verizon lose bid to maintain secrecy of French interconnection deals" GigaOM 8:18 AM
  • "Kinetic energy harvesting: Everyday human activity could power the internet of things" ExtremeTech 8:17 AM
  • "In Kenya, Bitcoin linked to popular mobile payment system: Using the Bitcoin system will allow for cheaper international remittances in Kenya" Computerworld 8:14 AM
  • "Instagram launches video embedding for all websites" BGR 8:14 AM
  • "James Bond's iconic submarine car goes up for auction later this year: Roger Moore's 007 Lotus Esprit 1 Series likely to make a splash at London auction" The Verge 8:33 AM
Press Releases
  • "Oracle Expands Support for Mobile and Cloud Technologies With the Latest Java Development Tools and Framework" Marketwired 8:42 AM
  • "Oracle Announces Availability of Cloud Application Foundation, the #1 Application Foundation Across Conventional and Cloud Environments" Marketwired 8:42 AM
Microsoft
  • "If nothing else, Microsoft's keeping business consultants busy: So Steve Ballmer announces a reorganization to bring more focus to Microsoft. It's almost an annual event." CNET News 3:30 PM
  • "Microsoft can reorg all it wants, but it's still doomed if it doesn't fix Windows" GigaOM 2:28 PM
  • "The Rise of Julie Larson-Green, the Heir Apparent at Microsoft" Wired 10:28 AM
  • "Xbox One now sold out at Best Buy" BGR 10:46 AM
  • "Xbox One being pitched to small businesses" GamesIndustry 10:59 AM
  • "Why the Xbox One might actually be a legitimate business expense: Skype, SkyDrive, Office Web Apps could let the system serve productive purposes." Ars Technica 3:30 PM
  • "Xbox One pitched to small companies as a business expense" Destructoid 10:04 AM
  • "Microsoft Deems The Xbox One An 'Entirely Justifiable' Business Expense" Forbes 8:42 AM
  • "This is Nokia's Lumia 1020, a 41-megapixel Windows Phone camera (updated)" The Verge 8:34 AM
  • "Microsoft offers new hints on Surface, Skype, Windows Phone: Redmond is calling its fiscal 2014 its biggest year of innovation ever. Here's the slide that shows why." CNET News 8:26 AM
  • "Microsoft doubles support lifecycle for Windows Phone 8, outlines enterprise feature update" Engadget 8:14 AM
  • "Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview: Your cloud on-ramp is under construction" Ars Technica 3:31 PM
Government/Law/Politics
  • "Hearst TV station files suit to stop Aereo's Boston expansion" Ars Technica 6:52 PM
  • "French legal complaint targets NSA, FBI, tech firms over Prism" Reuters 11:44 AM
  • "AT&T, Verizon face investigation from French telecom regulator: The two carriers have lost a bid to keep their deals with bandwith providers a private affair." CNET News 9:38 AM
  • "EU court backs Austria in Amazon row over levies" Reuters 8:34 AM
  • "Aereo sued by Boston TV station over copyright: Hearst-owned WCVB becomes the latest broadcast TV station to sue the Barry Diller-backed startup, which retransmits over-the-air signals to Internet-connected devices." CNET News 8:19 AM
  • "Gemalto files opening brief in Java-related patent appeal against Google, Samsung and HTC" Foss Patents 8:18 AM
  • "InterDigital: ITC decision may preclude Nokia, Huawei, ZTE's FRAND defenses in district court" Foss Patents 8:15 AM
  • "Yahoo says release of secret FISA court order will prove it resisted directives: Yahoo has asked the FISA court to release its order and other documents related to a 2008 decision" Computerworld 8:14 AM
  • "As DefCon asks Feds to take 'time-out,' Black Hat welcomes NSA chief" Ars Technica 3:49 PM
  • "Feds asked to avoid Def Con hacker meeting" BBC 8:14 AM
  • "For first time ever, feds asked to sit out Defcon hacker conference" Ars Technica 8:13 AM
Analysis/Editorial/Help/Opinion
  • "Innovation Policy: Reihan Salam links to a post by Ross Eisenbrey which argues that government, not business or markets, is primarily responsible for innovation we've seen in technology" TightWind 8:57 PM
  • "How To Upload Self-Deleting Photos On Facebook" Redmond Pie 5:02 PM
  • "No more excuses, Sprint. It's time to build the mother of all networks" GigaOM 5:01 PM
  • "Android: Now with less fragmentation" CITEworld 4:12 PM
  • "Nokia's strategy for selling the Lumia 1020 makes zero sense" BGR 3:30 PM
  • "What is 802.11ac WiFi, and how much faster than 802.11n is it?" ExtremeTech 2:29 PM
  • "Hot Must Have Accessories and Gadgets For Tablets" HotHardware 12:35 PM
  • "What's up next for Bluetooth?" TG Daily 10:49 AM
  • "Review: Acer Aspire R7 tries really hard to address needs no one has" Ars Technica 9:10 AM
  • "Facebook Etiquette: Avoid These 5 Common Mistakes/We've identified the most common sharing missteps, most of which you've probably seen in your own news feed—or even made yourself." Techland 8:33 AM
  • "How Did Dropbox Scale To 175M Users? A Former Engineer Details The Early Days" TechCrunch 8:30 AM
  • "Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta' App, (And The Insane Amount Of Data It May Have Collected From You)." RazorianFly 8:30 AM
  • "What I learned from researching almost every single smart watch that has been rumored or announced" Quartz 8:30 AM
  • "The hot new technology in Big Data is decades-old: SQL" Ars Technica 8:13 AM
Acquisitions/Deals/Investments/Mergers
  • "Bidders line up for Siemens postal machines unit: sources" Reuters 11:13 AM
  • "EMC to buy ScaleIO and boost its flash savvy" GigaOM 10:46 AM
  • "BackOps Raises $7M To Build An Army Of Moms For Managing Startups And Small Businesses With Leading SaaS Tools" TechCrunch 8:30 AM
  • "United Online Chooses OpenX As Its New Ad Optimization Platform" TechCrunch 8:30 AM
  • "Gearing up to launch its VoIP service, FreedomPop raises another $5M" GigaOM 8:18 AM
Tech Stocks
  • "AMD, Microsoft lead tech rally" MarketWatch 8:55 AM
  • "Wall Street climbs on Bernanke comments" Reuters 11:12 AM
  • "Jobless claims rise as 'July effect' hits" CNNMoney 8:44 AM
  • "Market Rides Bernanke's Words to New All-Time High" TheStreet 11:11 AM
  • "Stock Futures Leap on Bernanke Remarks" FOXBusiness 8:44 AM
  • "Stocks Surge to Fresh Highs Skittish Investors Gain Courage From Fed Chief's Reassurance on Easy-Money Policy" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:03 PM
  • "Asia Markets: China stocks soar, as Asia rallies/Asian stocks rallied Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said U.S. interest rates will remain low to aid economic recovery, with gold miners posting hefty gains on an increase in commodity prices." MarketWatch 8:45 AM
  • "Europe Markets: European stocks rise in Fed-fueled rally/European stock markets moved higher on Thursday, after minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting showed many members think asset purchases will likely be needed in 2014." MarketWatch 8:46 AM
  • "Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks: Nasdaq's 10 most active stocks at 1 p.m." Associated Press 2:27 PM
  • "Final Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares up at the close of trading" Associated Press 8:02 PM



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InformationWeek (Checked 9:25 PM; no changes since 1:45 PM CDT)
  • "3 Ways IT Leaders Can Deliver Business Transformation"
  • "Big Data in the Cloud: Avoiding Vendor Lock-in"
  • "Mid-career Decision Point: New IT Certifications?"
New York Times (Updated 9:25 PM CDT)
  • "Firefox Is Back. It's Time to Give It a Try."
  • "Instagram Allows Longer Videos in Challenge to YouTube"
  • "Apple Plans to Stream Children's Shows From Sesame Workshop"
  • "After Volcano Eruption in Guatemala, Re-creating a Truck Covered in Ash"
  • "How a Few People Took Equifax to Small Claims Court Over Its Data Breach and Won"
  • "The Glamorous Grandmas of Instagram"
PC Magazine (Updated 9:25 PM CDT)
  • "US Lawmakers Push Google to Kill Partnership with Huawei"
  • "Olfinity and iHome Add Smarts to Aromatherapy"
  • "This Former NASA Engineer Trains Geeks to Become CEOs"
  • "Westinghouse Tips Affordable 'Jeeo' Smart Plugs, Bulbs"
  • "I Wish Someone Would Spoon Me as Well as This Sleep Robot"
  • "Tesla Sues Ex-Employee for Hacking, Stealing Trade Secrets"
  • "Meet Jammy, the Modular, Digital Guitar"
  • "Hackers Try to Infect Computers That Control Satellites"
  • "Save Up to 25 Percent on Select HP PCs"
  • "Zvox VoiceBuds Are (Not Quite) Hearing Aids" ...
Reuters (Updated 9:25 PM CDT)
  • "Japan firms slow to get compliant with new EU data privacy rules: Reuters poll"
  • "Amazon, Berkshire, JPMorgan name Atul Gawande CEO of healthcare venture"
  • "Instagram expands into long videos, will compete with YouTube"
  • "Altice selling stakes in French, Portuguese telecom towers to cut debt"
  • "What trade war? FAANGs scale new highs"
  • "U.S. lawmakers want Google to reconsider links to China's Huawei"
  • "Amazon, Berkshire, JPMorgan name Atul Gawande CEO of healthcare venture"
  • "Doom and gloom in advertising? I don't see it, says IPG boss Roth"
  • "Sesame Workshop to create new children's TV shows for Apple"
  • "Tesla accuses former employee of hacking and transferring data"
ZDNet (Updated 9:25 PM CDT)
  • "AT&T launching NB-IoT network across US and Mexico"
  • "WHO says gaming addiction is a mental health condition"
  • "Cisco announces July Systems acquisition"
  • "Windows 10 tip: Fine-tune memory usage to make the most of a virtual machine"
  • "PayPal to acquire Hyperwallet for $400 million"
  • "HPE rolls out new ways for businesses to manage data at the edge"
  • "Studying for exams? VR headsets work better than computers, research shows"
  • "Box, IBM intro new services for building Box Skills with Watson"


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