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  • "Mergers: Commission approves Apple's acquisition of US headphone maker and music streaming business Beats" [Article at bottom 1/3 of page]  European Commission 7:13 AM
  • "Apple's Beats Acquisition Gets Approval From The European Commission" TechCrunch 7:14 AM
  • "Apple's Beats Deal Gets Nod From EU: European Union Antitrust Regulators Have Approved the $3 billion Acquisition" [Paid Membership Required] 8:54 AM
  • "Apple's $3B Beats acquisition gets EU approval: Regulators say that the acquisition raises no competition concerns because the companies' combined market share is low." CNET 9:09 AM
  • "European Commission approves Apple's acquisition of Beats" 9to5Mac 8:35 AM
  • "Beats sued by Bose over noise-cancelling patents" BBC 8:20 AM
  • "Bose is suing Apple's Beats over noise-cancellation patents" The Inquirer 8:21 AM
  • "Apple to Buy Radio App Swell for $30 Million"  Re/code 7:51 AM
  • "Apple to acquire Swell talk radio and podcast app for $30 million" 9to5Mac 7:52 AM
  • "Apple Will Buy Swell, A Personalized Radio And Podcast App, To Give iTunes A Shot In The Arm" Business Insider 8:38 AM
  • "Apple said to be buying Google-backed Swell for $30M" CNET 7:53 AM
  • "Swell. Apple's buying a radio app... for whopping $30m" The Register 8:21 AM
  • "Photoshop CC 2014 review: Image editor gets new time-saving features" Macworld 8:01 AM
  • "Get Started With Ink's Handwriting Recognition Tool" Tuts+ 8:20 AM
  • "How to Reduce the Size of Your PDF Without Compromising Image Quality" Tuts+ 8:20 AM
  • "LogViewer for Time Machine review: Find Time Machine info in OS X system logs" Macworld 7:42 AM
  • "How to automatically add movies to your Mac media server" Macworld 8:25 AM
  • "Modernizing the 2006 and 2007 Mac Pro to Go Beyond OS X Lion" Low End Mac 8:19 AM
  • "Free: Unlock Hidden Features In OS X" NoodleMac 7:07 AM
  • "How To: Pause And Rewind Live Streaming Audio On Your Mac" BohemianBoomer 7:45 AM
  • "Free: How To Be A Mac Power User" TeraTalks 7:46 AM
  • "Sync All Browser Bookmarks For Safari, Chrome, And Firefox" Mac 360 7:43 AM
  • "How To Add The Grungy, Distorted, Distressed Effects To Your Photos" Mac 360 7:07 AM
  • "Think including a TED talk Video can enhance your Powerpoint or Keynote presentation? Think again and think like a magician" Les Posen's Presentation Magic 9:17 AM
  • "Why you should care about CloudKit" Macworld 7:42 AM
Press Releases
  • "VLC for Mac 2.1.5 Boosts MKV, Audio, Retina Support" FairerPlatform 7:06 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple has paid out over $20 billion to developers thus far" TUAW 8:53 AM
  • "James Cook University Hospital workers using iPods and iPads to record patient information" Evening Gazette (UK) 7:57 AM
  • "iOS device hospital trial leads to lower mortality rates" Cult of Mac 7:58 AM
  • "BlackBerry: Apple and IBM partnership is like 'two elephants dancing'" BetaNews 7:59 AM
  • "Cortana embarrasses Siri in new Windows Phone ad" ["The clever bit in this ad, however, is that Siri loses on an expensive Apple iPhone 5s while Cortana wins on an inexpensive Windows Phone 8.1 device -- it is a Nokia Lumia 635, which goes for as little as $99 off-contract in US -- and not a comparable premium smartphone like a Nokia Lumia 930."]  BetaNews 7:59 AM
  • "Microsoft Is Back To Bashing Apple In Latest Advertisment" TechCrunch 8:24 AM
  • "iSpy: How a photojournalist became Steve Jobs' official photographer" Cult of Mac 7:58 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Greenpeace slams Amazon for dirty cloud power" The Inquirer 8:32 AM
  • "Sexism in Tech Runs Deep and Global" TechInAsia 8:22 AM
  • "5.5-inch iPhone 6 To Be Released In December Along With The iWatch?" G for Games 7:12 AM
  • "Apple unlikely to release the 5.5-inch iPhone and iWatch in December as rumored" 9to5Mac 7:48 AM
  • "Modest Retina MacBook Pro refresh expected tomorrow, still with GeForce GT 750M but base RAM up to 16GB" 9to5Mac 7:48 AM
  • "New MacBook Pros with 16GB RAM standard & faster CPUs rumored to launch Tuesday" AppleInsider 7:53 AM
  • "Report: All 15" MacBook Pros to Receive 16GB RAM Standard Starting Tomorrow" DailyTech 8:31 AM
  • "Bare Logic Boards for 4.7-Inch and 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Compared in New Photos" MacRumors 8:20 AM
  • "iPad mini 3 release date rumours: 'iPad mini Air' will be 30 percent thinner than current model" Macworld UK 9:08 AM
  • "Sign in Chinese store may show next-gen Retina MacBook Pro specs" Electronista 8:19 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Zombie Gunship For iPhone And iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $0.99)" Apple Sliced 8:34 AM
  • "Mr. Runner 2: The Masks For iPhone And iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $0.99)" Apple Sliced 8:34 AM
  • "Mad Skills BMX For iPhone And iPad Is Free Today (Was $0.99)" Apple Sliced 8:34 AM
  • "Mac Pro Prices & Deals" MacPrices 7:46 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:46 AM

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  • "Review: Toffee Cases Flip Wallet Case for the Samsung Galaxy S5" Run Around Tech 8:39 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Staff Picks: Revolution 60 is the most ambitious iOS game you'll play this year" Macworld 7:41 AM
  • "Hellraid: The Escape review – a room escape game with a fantasy fiction edge" iDownload Blog 8:17 AM
  • "Appidemic: Solve the explained in Secret Files Tunguska for iOS" TechnologyTell 8:17 AM
  • "PlanetHD: PlanetHD will keep players busy for a while, though its unpredictable physics are a handful to deal with." 148Apps 8:28 AM
  • "How to use Speak Selection for better accessibility on your iPhone and iPad" iMore 8:53 AM
  • "Apple: Why the big-brother attitude with peripherals? Summary: Cupertino is marching into the peripherals space with its purchase of Beats. However, what kind of a peripherals vendor sells products that may or may not work with your Mac?"  ZDNet 8:41 AM
  • "Here's The Really Weird Thing About The Facebook Page For Apple's iPhone" Business Insider 8:38 AM
  • "Here's What Apple's Murder of Microsoft Might Look Like" TheStreet 8:38 AM
  • "Forget the iWatch, Swatch planning its own smart watch for 2015" Cult of Mac 8:31 AM
  • "Apple Continues To Lose Tablet Share But Does It Matter?" Forbes 8:21 AM
  • "Apple's $30 million Swell acquisition could be big for iTunes Radio" BGR 7:59 AM
  • "Only 1% of app developers sell in Apple, Google, Amazon online stores" AppleDailyReport 7:48 AM
  • "Apple And 'The Mother Of All Upgrades" Mac 360 7:44 AM
  • "This Is What Tech's Ugly Gender Problem Really Looks Like" Wired 8:40 AM
  • "Why one developer switched from Java to Google Go: Pivotal's Mark Stine, who was raised on Java, has become an advocate for the Google-built Go language" InfoWorld 8:18 AM
  • "Amazon's Emperor Has New Clothes" Mac 360 7:45 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Hudson's Bay Company deploys iBeacon experience in The Bay and Lord & Taylor stores" 9to5Mac 8:24 AM
  • "Hilton hotels to let you use your iPhone as your hotel key from next year" 9to5Mac 8:24 AM
  • "Stream Movie Torrents Directly to Apple TV Via TorrenTV" Apple Gazette 8:01 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar of the Week of July 28: The State of Tech, Apple Mail and a 3D Software Overview" The MUG Center 7:46 AM
  • "Add Up: New Number Strategy Puzzle for iOS" prMac 7:12 AM
  • "YooSEND - Transfer, Share Files of Any Type or Size for iOS and Android" prMac 7:12 AM
  • "Bitsoup 1.0 - Real-Time Bitcoin Price Ticker and News Tracking App" prMac 7:12 AM
Computer Industry
  • "More features for Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 uncovered" Neowin 7/27
  • "Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 includes support for folders and interactive cases" The Verge 7/27
  • "Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 Chassis Requirements uncovered" Neowin 7/27
  • "Windows Phone's next update will support smart cases and giant devices" Engadget 7/27
  • "Windows Phone users suffering lock screen lag even after uninstalling beta app" Neowin 7/27
  • ", Tencent to Presell Microsoft's Xbox in China" [Paid Membership Required] 7/27
  • "'Hello there': eight lessons from Microsoft's awful job loss memo" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7/27
  • "Microsoft's Kinect technology powers university library" BetaNews 7/27
  • "Will Hewlett-Packard's Turtle, Helion, Win The Race?" Seeking Alpha 7/27
  • "IBM and USAA put Watson to work in the military" Gigaom 7/27
  • "There are many paths to a smart home. And that's the problem." Gigaom 7/27
  • "Enterprise Investments Surge To Over $5.4 Billion" TechCrunch 7/27
  • "Microsoft's Nadella: More Than Talk/Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella proves he can be a man of action with the biggest layoff in company history and other concrete steps to reshape Microsoft. Now what?" InformationWeek 7/26
  • "Windows Phone 8.1 GDR 1 makes another appearance, one step closer to release" Neowin 7/26
  • "IE was the most vulnerable web browser in the first half of 2014" Neowin 7/26
  • "Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Overheating Issues Still Being Reported" Softpedia 7/26
  • "Microsoft Invents the Splittable & Clippable Gaming Controller for Future Surface Tablets and Beyond" Patently Mobile 7/26
  • "Dell, BlackBerry downplay threat from Apple-IBM alliance" ZeeNews India 7/26
  • "Review: Dell Venue 7/The 7-inch Android tablet will work well for professionals who may need a tablet as a backup for their laptops and smartphones." Gulf Business 7/26
  • "Biostar Releases Mid-Range Motherboard for Intel's Haswell CPUs" Softpedia 7/26
  • "Price killed IBM deal: Big Blue rejects final offer from Global Foundries as too low" Albany Times Union 7/26
  • "Oracle's new database patch could cost you $23,000 per processor: Latest patch set for Oracle's database automatically enables in-memory processing: a feature for which Oracle charges extra" InfoWorld 7/26
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Why Apple Stock Remains A 'Buy' At TheStreet" TheStreet 9:06 AM
  • "Apple Update: Short Interest Hits 2014 Low" Seeking Alpha 8:22 AM
Industry News
  • "Tech Stocks: Facebook shares hit record on stellar earnings/Facebook Inc. was in the tech sector spotlight Thursday in the wake of the social-networking leader's upbeat second quarter earnings. Inc. and Pandora Media Inc. also garnered attention ahead of their earnings reports." MarketWatch 7/25
  • "Stocks end week on sour note: Investors will have to wait until next week to see if the S&P 500 can finally top 2,000. Stocks fell broadly on Friday." CNNMoney 7/25
  • "Stock Market Today: Amazon, Visa Drag on U.S. Markets, S&P 500 Flat for the Week" TheStreet 7/25
  • "US stocks head lower after results from Amazon disappoint Wall Street" FOXBusiness 7/25
  • "U.S. Stocks Drop; Visa Weighs on Dow: Visa Shares Fall After Firm Trimmed Revenue Forecast" [Paid Membership Required] 7/25
  • "Asia Markets: Japan stocks advance to six-month closing high/Japanese stocks rallied on Friday, marking their highest settlement in six months, as the yen weakened and domestic inflation data came out in line with market expectations." MarketWatch 7/25
  • "Europe Markets: BSkyB, Vodafone among European stocks on the move/These stocks made notable moves in European trade Friday." MarketWatch 7/25
  • "Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks: Nasdaq's 10 most active stocks at the close of trading" Associated Press 7/25
  • "Final Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares mixed at the close of trading" Associated Press 7/25
  • "Midday Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares mixed at 1 p.m." Associated Press 7/25

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