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Megumi Fujikawa / Wall Street Journal: Casio is developing a durable men's smart watch priced around $400, expected by early 2016  —  Casio Bets on a Watch That Is Smart  —  Japanese watchmaker hopes to outmaneuver Apple Watch's technological wizardry  —  Japanese watchmaker Casio Computer saw the potential of the wrist …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: SoundCloud updates iOS app with “play related tracks” feature that creates a stream of songs  —  In Wake Of Apple Music, SoundCloud Update Focuses On Music Discovery, Better User Experience  —  All the buzz this week may be about the launch of Apple Music …

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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab: Scribd found that paying publishers based on how much readers read is too expensive in genres like romance  —  What Scribd's growing pains mean for the future of digital content subscription models  —  Netflix earned more than $5 billion in 2014.  No wonder companies want to be …

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Jacob Pramuk / CNBC: Yelp stock closes down about 10% amid reports it has stopped pursuing a sale of company  —  Yelp skids 10% amid sale halt reports  —  Yelp shares slipped on Thursday afternoon amid reports the company's sale process had stalled.  —  Following a trading halt around 12:50 p.m. ET …

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Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider: Apple's iOS 8.4 kneecaps Home Sharing, music streaming now limited to Apple TV  —  While Apple introduced an array of new music features with its latest iOS 8.4 update featuring Apple Music, it also quietly nerfed content serving functionality by apparently limiting Home Sharing …

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Robin Wauters / Tech.eu: Berlin-based on-demand cleaning startup Helpling, backed by Rocket Internet, acquires UK-based rival Hassle.com for €32M, about $35M  —  A clean exit: Helpling acquires Hassle.com for €32 million to dominate on-demand cleaner space  —  Rocket Internet-backed Helpling …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Prince sends takedown requests to Spotify, Rdio, and Deezer  —  Prince Won't Stream 4 U (Unless You're On Tidal, Or Maybe Google Music)  —  Call it the Taylor effect: it looks like another high-profile musician is sharpening his arrows to take aim at how streaming music services pay artists.

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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac: Apple removed Home Sharing support for music in iOS 8.4  —  Apple yesterday rolled out iOS 8.4 to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users and the big news, of course, was the addition of Apple Music and Beats 1.  It appears now, however, that Apple removed a feature still used by many from the operating system.

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Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat: Apple's new design leads will report to CEO Tim Cook, and not Jony Ive  —  Apple updated its executive bios to reflect changes in its design team that were announced earlier this year.  But the updates came with an unexpected twist.  —  The bio of Jony Ive now includes his new title, Chief Design Officer.

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Philip Cosores / Radio.com: Prince Removes Music From All Streaming Services Except TIDAL  —  This week people have been paying attention to streaming services since the launch of Apple Music on Tuesday, June 30.  And it appears like one of music's biggest artists is opting out completely.

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Dan Levine / Reuters: Ex-DEA agent Carl Force pleads guilty to stealing bitcoins during Silk Road investigation  —  Former U.S. agent pleads guilty to bitcoin theft in Silk Road probe  —  A former federal agent pleaded guilty on Wednesday to stealing bitcoins during the government's investigation of Silk Road …

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Alex Sherman / Bloomberg Business: Yelp Sale Process Said to Stall as Founder Decides to Wait  —  Yelp Inc., which hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to find a buyer, has temporarily decided not to pursue a sale, people with knowledge of the matter said.  —  The consumer-review website has had several interested suitors …

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Terry Myerson / Windows Blog: Microsoft details Windows 10 rollout plan: Windows Insiders will be first, rest will be in phases  —  Windows 10: Preparing to Upgrade One Billion Devices  —  With around four weeks to go before Windows 10 becomes available, I thought it would be helpful to provide some context on how we will roll-out Windows 10 to the world.

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Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal: Hewlett-Packard officially files to split, details its two new companies, HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise  —  Hewlett-Packard Officially Files to Split  —  Tech giant details its two new companies, HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprises  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. on Wednesday filed paperwork …

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Ian King / Bloomberg Business: Intel President Renée James stepping down to seek CEO role elsewhere  —  Intel President James Steps Down to Seek CEO Role Elsewhere … Intel Corp. President Renée James will step down to seek appointment as chief executive officer elsewhere in a reshuffle …

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Chris Welch / The Verge: Some Apple Music users are seeing duplicate songs, incorrect track metadata, and other issues after enabling iCloud Music Library  —  Apple Music has an iCloud problem  —  I really like Apple Music.  Everything from the setup process (I kept hitting “more artists” until I couldn't anymore) …

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Andy Greenberg / Wired: ProxyHam is a “hardware proxy” that puts you a mile away from your IP address using a 900MHz radio connection  —  This Online Anonymity Box Puts You a Mile Away From Your IP Address  —  In the game of anonymity-versus-surveillance online, the discovery of the user's IP address usually means game over.

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Dick Costolo / Guardian: Twitter helped open access to information, people, and power, and that access should be used responsibly and with empathy  —  why tech firms are set to face complex ethical issues  —  After nearly five years the Twitter CEO is standing down.  He explains why it wants to champion the underserved …

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Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle: City of San Francisco to create short term rental office to streamline Airbnb host registrations and investigate law violators  —  S.F. to create city office to enforce Airbnb law  —  San Francisco will take a carrot-and-stick approach to vacation rentals, making it easier for hosts …

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Xiaomi Sold 34.7M Smartphones In First Half Of 2015, Up 33% Year-On-Year  —  Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi today confirmed that it sold just shy of 35 million phones in the first half of this year. … Xiaomi, which is valued at $45 billion and is the world's third largest exporter of phones …

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Reuters: Sources: FCC to approve AT&T's $48.5B DirecTV acquisition with conditions as soon as next week  —  U.S. approval of AT&T-DirecTV deal expected as soon as next week: sources  —  AT&T Inc's (T.N) proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV (DTV.O) is expected to get U.S. regulatory approval …

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Micah Singleton / The Verge: Facebook has held early talks with the major music labels, future plans may involve the company's video platform  —  Facebook is talking with music labels, but why?  —  Facebook has held talks with the major labels about “getting into music,” multiple sources tell The Verge.

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Todd Spangler / Variety: Hulu reaches deal to distribute its ad-supported content on Pluto TV's website, which presents online video in a TV-like programming grid  —  Hulu to Deliver Free TV Shows, Movies via Pluto TV Service (Exclusive)  —  Startup Pluto TV also reaches deals with Jukin Media, Shout!

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Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal: Google Mistakenly Tags Black People as ‘Gorillas,’ Showing Limits of Algorithms  —  Google is a leader in artificial intelligence and machine learning.  But the company's computers still have a lot to learn, judging by a major blunder by its Photos app this week.

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Josh Horwitz / Quartz: Apple Music costs far less than $10/month in some countries, just $2/month in India  —  Apple Music is just $2 per month in India—80% cheaper than the US … Apple tends to not care much about price competitiveness.  Without telco subsidies, which typically occur only in rich countries …

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