Liam Spradlin / Android Police:

Exclusive: Google Exploring ‘Google Workshop’ To Take Customized Smartphone Cases To A New Level  —  Google hasn’t exactly had a great track record when it comes to official Nexus accessories.  Accessories have been teased or shown off only to arrive months later or not at all (remember that Nexus 10 dock?).


Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:

Facebook Is Down For Many  —  Facebook appears to be down right now for many.  If you load the website, you will get an error like the one you can see below.  The website has been down for around 10 minutes now.  —  Similarly, you get a network error in the mobile apps and your content won’t refresh.


Steve Dent / Engadget:

Take a look at HP’s luxury smartwatch  —  Despite their utility, smartwatches remain a geeky niche item thanks to a certain lack of je ne sais quoi.  However, HP is partnering with a retailer called Gilt to build an Android and iOS compatible smartwatch that may finally tick the style box, thanks to US designer Michael Bastian.


Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:

Apple officially welcomes Beats to the family as Beats moves online sales to Apple’s site  —  Apple has updated its homepage to include a new microsite officially welcoming the Beats Electronics and Beats Music team to the company.  The new site marks the first official mention on Apple.com …

Kristen Schweizer / Bloomberg:

Vivendi Sells Its 13% Beats Stake to Apple for $404 Million  —  Vivendi SA (VIV) sold its stake in Beats Electronics LLC to Apple Inc. (AAPL) for $404 million as part of the iPhone maker’s takeover of the headphone company.  —  The stake was about 13 percent, Paris-based Vivendi said today …


Tom Bell / The Portland Press Herald:

Scrap the mystery: High-tech vision for Google barge crumbles in a heap  —  The barge has been sold and the four-story structure will be dismantled, along with Portland’s hope for a new claim to fame.  —  Google’s barge, with a four-story structure that raised curiosity from the time it arrived …


Josh Constine / TechCrunch:

Facebook’s Slingshot introduces ‘reactions-to-reactions’, for photo, video, or text replies to reactions  —  Facebook Slingshot’s First Update Makes It Conversational With Reactions To Reactions  —  Facebook’s standalone photosharing app Slingshot is sidestepping its core …


Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:

Apple Stores to finally begin iPhone 5s display replacements on August 4th  —  Apple will finally begin offering iPhone 5s screen replacements in its official U.S. and Canada retail stores in the coming days, according to several sources.  Apple Store Genius Bars are said to have begun taking delivery …


Lizette Chapman / Wall Street Journal:

Alibaba Invests $120M in Mobile Gaming Co. Kabam at Valuation More Than $1 Billion … Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is backing another California startup, announcing a $120 million strategic investment in gaming company Kabam Inc. and a partnership to publish and distribute its free-to-play mobile games.


Mark Scott / New York Times:

Google Details Problems With Handling Right to Be Forgotten Requests  —  LONDON – Google says complying with Europe’s so-called right to be forgotten ruling is getting complicated.  —  In a lengthy response to questions from the region’s data regulators, the search giant …