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Anthony Cuthbertson / The Independent: DuckDuckGo says that Google confuses customers by redirecting traffic from duck.com domain, which the search giant owns, to google.com  —  Google controls the duck.com web address, meaning users searching for its rival DuckDuckGo are diverted back to Google  —  For many people, Google is the internet.

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TechCrunch: eBay's Q2 filing shows company paid $573M to acquire ecommerce platform Qoo10 Japan in February, not the $700M rumored at the time of acquisition  —  EBay is a very distant second behind Amazon when it comes to e-commerce sales in the U.S., but abroad — and in particular in Asia …

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Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch: San Francisco says it expects to issue permits for its 24-month electric scooter pilot program sometime in August, selecting from 12 applicants  —  You would think that Amazon, Reddit, Wikipedia and other highly popular websites would by now tell you that “password1” or “hunter2” is a terrible password — just terrible.

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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times: Facebook executives struggle to describe a coherent strategy to deal with misinformation on the site; it's a hodgepodge of “exceptions to the exceptions”  —  Facebook was once the most nimble company of its generation.  The speed at which it adapted to every challenge was legendary.

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Saritha Rai / Bloomberg: Sources: Facebook's plans for a nationwide rollout of WhatsApp payments service in India is being held up by government concerns over storage of user data  —  - Officials are said to have concerns about where data's stored  — The social media giant had geared up for a nationwide launch

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James Vincent / The Verge: Cyberattack on Singapore's largest healthcare institution SingHealth steals details of 1.5M patients, including the Prime Minister  —  Local media say the hack is believed to be state-sponsored  —  Singapore has been hit by what local media is calling the country's worst ever cyber attack.

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Abdi Latif Dahir / Quartz: As more African governments restrict internet access, activists push back by calling them out, educating users on workarounds, and even hacking government sites  —  First, it was “gossip” that supposedly pushed Uganda's government to introduce a tax on social media use.

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Russell Brandom / The Verge: Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter launch the Data Transfer Project, a data portability platform for users to move data between online service providers  —  An open-source collaboration for “the future of portability”  —  Today, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter joined to announce …

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Daven Mathies / Digital Trends: HumanEyes unveils Vuze XR, a compact, dual-lens camera that can record 360-degree 2D and 180-degree 3D at 5.7K resolution; coming later this year for ~$400  —  HumanEyes announced details on a new consumer 360-degree camera, the Vuze XR.  It's a compact, dual-lens camera with an integrated handle …

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Bloomberg: Sources: SoftBank's Vision Fund is seeking to invest almost $1B in Chinese AI company SenseTime, which has raised more than $1.2B this year  —  - A deal would be SenseTime's third major funding in past year  — SenseTime uses artificial intelligence for facial recognition

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Kurt Wagner / Recode: WhatsApp to test limiting the forwarding of messages to 20 chats globally and 5 chats in India in a bid to stop the spread of fake news  —  The social messaging service has been blamed for its role in spreading dangerous and inaccurate information.  —  Facebook-owned WhatsApp is making changes …

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Corinne Reichert / ZDNet: The privately-owned $300M Hawaiki subsea cable connecting Australia, New Zealand, and the US, with anchor customers including Vodafone and AWS, has gone live  —  The privately owned subsea cable connecting Australia, New Zealand, and the United States has gone live.

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Bloomberg: Best Buy, expected to succumb to competition from Amazon, is instead thriving because of in-home consultations and “personal chief technology officers”  —  The big-box retailer doesn't just want to sell you electronics.  It wants its in-home consultants to be “personal chief technology officers.”

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Louise Matsakis / Wired: Closed Facebook group for sexual assault survivors with 15K members changed admins, was invaded by trolls, and was then deleted this month after member reports  —  LAST YEAR, AS thousands of women shared their stories of sexual assault and harassment with the hashtag #MeToo, Amanda …

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Zero Hedge: Study: up to 95M Instagram users may be bots, or 9.5% of its total user base, up from 7.9% in 2015; they currently use follow-to-follower ratio of about 5-to-1  —  Up to 95 million Instagram users may be bots, according to a new study conducted by research firm Ghost Data for The Information.

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Microsoft Surface revenue jumped 25% YoY this quarter to $1.1B; gaming revenue increased 39% YoY, with Xbox software and services revenue growth of 36% YoY  —  Microsoft posted the fourth quarter of its 2018 financial results today, reporting revenue of $30.1 billion and net income of $8.9 billion.

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Eugene Kim / CNBC: Internal documents show Amazon's struggles to fix Prime Day outages as an internal system broke down and engineers scrambled to scavenge hardware  —  - Amazon wasn't able to handle the traffic surge and failed to secure enough servers to meet the demand on Prime Day, according to expert review of internal documents obtained by CNBC.

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Microsoft surpasses $100B in full-year revenue and beats analyst estimates for Q4; Productivity and Businesses revenue rose 13% YoY to $9.7B  —  Microsoft today reported earnings for its fourth fiscal quarter of 2018, including revenue of $x billion, net income of $8.9 billion …

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BuzzFeed News: Sources: Mark Zuckerberg called Trump to congratulate him after his election victory; Facebook has privately praised Trump campaign's use of its platform  —  In the days following Donald Trump's election victory over Hillary Clinton, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg placed a secret …

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Microsoft: Microsoft Q4: $30.1B in revenue, up 17% YoY; operating income up 35% YoY to $10.4B; Intelligent Cloud revenue up 23% YoY to $9.6B and Azure revenue up 89% YoY  —  Microsoft Cloud Drives Record Fourth Quarter Results  —  REDMOND, Wash. — July 19, 2018 — Microsoft Corp. today announced …

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Alan Ohnsman / Forbes: Autonomous truck startup Embark Trucks raises $30M Series B led by Sequoia Capital, bringing total funding to $47M, to expand its fleet from five to 100  —  Embark co-founders Alex Rodrigues, left, and Brandon Moak with their fleet of autonomous semi-trucks at the startup's operations center in Ontario, California.

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Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge: Instagram adds a green status indicator next to online users on Direct inbox and share menus  —  The green ‘online’ dot comes to Instagram  —  Instagram is adding a new feature that's ripped right out of AOL Instant Messenger — a helpful green dot next to your friend's profile pictures …

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Celia Wan / Crunchbase News: Baidu-owned online education startup Zuoyebang, which lets students upload homework and find solutions, raises $350M Series D led by Coatue Management  —  Baidu-owned education startup Zuoyebang just raised a $350 million Series D led by Coatue Management.  Participating investors include …

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Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg: Uber's head of strategic finance, Prabir Adarkar, leaves to be the new CFO of DoorDash as Uber's three-year search for a CFO continues ahead of next year's IPO  —  Food delivery startup DoorDash Inc. named Prabir Adarkar as chief financial officer, poaching the most senior leader of Uber Technologies Inc.'s finance department.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Amazon quietly rolls out “Part Finder”, which uses computer vision to let users identify screws, nuts, bolts, and more, for iOS users  —  Got an odd screw, nut, bolt, washer or fastener you need to buy more of, but have no idea to how to find the right one?  Amazon's “Part Finder” can help.

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