eBay bids for a chance at success after PayPal split

From CNET: PayPal, which eBay purchased in 2002 for $1.5 billion, enjoys huge growth as online and mobile payments take off. Compared with eBay's marketplace sales growth of 6 percent last year, PayPal's revenue jumped 19 percent, to $7.9 billion. That faster growth means PayPal, for now a unit of its parent, will likely become the larger company by market value after the break-up. Marking that change, on Tuesday night, S&P Dow Jones Indices said PayPal will join the S&P 100 -- an index of some of the largest US companies. The company it replaces: eBay.

Mozilla blocks all Flash in Firefox after third zero-day

From InfoWorld: Mozilla on Monday began blocking all versions of Adobe Flash Player from running automatically in its Firefox browser, reacting to news of even more zero-day vulnerabilities unearthed in a massive document cache pilfered from the Italian Hacking Team surveillance firm.

Computerworld confirmed that the current production versions of Firefox -- dubbed v. 39 -- on both Windows and OS X now block Flash.

Google to reopen Maps editing tool after closing it due to abuse

From PC World: After halting the service due to an influx of spam, Google is ready to open Map Maker again, with changes that hand much of the control back to users.

Map Maker lets people update the information in Google Maps to make it more accurate. The service will reopen in phases starting early next month, Pavithra Kanakarajan of the Google Map Maker team said in a blog post Monday.

Samsung could unveil Galaxy S6 Edge+ in August

From CNET: August could be a busy month for Samsung based on the latest rumors over new smartphones.

The Korean mobile phone maker will announce and launch both its Galaxy S6 Edge+ and its Galaxy Note 5 big-screened smartphones next month, according to blog site SamMobile, citing information from anonymous "insiders." Both phones will be unveiled on August 12 and then go on sale August 21, SamMobile's insiders said.

As the Reddit Turns: Ex-CEO says Ellen Pao not to blame for firing of key exec

From CNET: Former CEO Yishan Wong is accusing the site's co-founder Alexis Ohanian of instigating a firing that led to backlash from users and eventually to the resignation of interim CEO Ellen Pao.

Reddit CEO Ellen Pao resigns amid vitriol, protests

From ComputerWorld: Ellen Pao is resigning as Reddit's interim chief executive after a week of tumult on the online message board with many users calling for her ouster.

Pao is resigning under a mutual agreement with Reddit's board, the company announced. She will be succeeded by Steve Huffman , Reddit's co-founder and original chief executive, who will work alongside Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

Netgear announces its R6400 Wi-Fi router, marking its third year shipping 802.11ac hardware

From PC World: It’s hard to believe that routers based on the IEEE 802.11ac standard have been with us for three years already. Netgear was one of the first with a router in this class, announcing its R6300 way back in May 2012. Netgear finally retires that model with today’s announcement of its replacement, the R6400.

Walmart offers rival sale to Amazon's Prime Day

From CNET: After Amazon unveiled a 20th anniversary sale called "Prime Day" slated for Wednesday, Walmart said Monday that it too will be holding a sale the same day and temporarily cut its free shipping minimum on orders to $35 from $50. Walmart also mocked Amazon for offering its sale only to its Prime members, who pay $99 annually for free two-day shipping and other benefits.

"The idea of asking customers to pay extra in order to save money just doesn't add up for us," Fernando Madeira, president and CEO of Walmart.com, said Monday in a blog post.

Building On The Surface: Microsoft Adds More Partners To Resell Tablets, Sources Say

From CRN: Microsoft is widening its Surface tablet reseller base with a new wave of channel partners exclusively selected to resell and reap the benefits of the company's flagship tablet device.

The Redmond, Wash.-based company may announce a number of partners that have been newly authorized to resell the Surface Pro line during its Worldwide Partner Conference next week (July 13-15 in Orlando, Fla.), according to sources familiar with the matter.

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