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Nat Levy / GeekWire: Redfin prices IPO at $15 per share, higher than expected $12-$14, raising $138M, at a valuation of $1.2B  —  Redfin priced shares at $15 on Thursday night, above the anticipated price range that it originally set forth, as it raised $138 million on a quest to transform how people buy and sell homes across the U.S.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Will.i.am's wearable startup i.am+ acquires Wink smart home hub from Flex  —  Wink — the smart home hub and platform originally incubated inside the failed connected object maker Quirky, and then acquired by Flextronics (now known as Flex) as part-payment for Quirky's debts …

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Khari Johnson / VentureBeat: Facebook unveils Messenger 2.1 with built-in natural language processing, payments SDK, and a handover protocol service which is now in open beta  —  Facebook today launched Messenger Platform 2.1 with new features to give developers and brands more ways to reach potential customers …

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Dan Primack / Axios: Sources: Uber board member views on Whitman as CEO: Kalanick, Huffington not in support; Cohler, Trujillo, Graves, Camp in favor; Martello and Rumayyan, unclear  —  Uber's board of directors is expected to meet tonight, in order to discuss both its vacant CEO position and a possible investment from Japan's SoftBank Group.

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Peter Kafka / Recode: Sources describe Facebook's paywall plan: 10 free articles/month from a publisher before redirect to publisher's subscription site, with no cut for Facebook  —  Mark Zuckerberg says he doesn't want publishers' data, either.  —  Facebook says it wants to help publishers sell subscriptions.

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Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet: Intel reports Q2 revenue of $14.8B, up 9% YoY, vs. 14.4B expected, net income of 2.8B, up 111%; IoT revenue was $720M, up 26% YoY; data center revenue was $4.4B  —  Intel is raising its full-year revenue outlook, citing higher expectations for the PC business.

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Amazon.com: Amazon reports Q2 revenue of $38B, up 25% YoY, as net income drops from $857M to $197M YoY; AWS revenue rose 42% YoY to $4.1B; headcount reaches 382K, up 31K  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

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John Shinal / CNBC: Report: Google has bought 52 properties in Sunnyvale, California, for $820M to fill in gaps near other campuses  —  - The report comes one month after Google won exclusive rights with the city of San Jose to buy land there.  — Google, which said earlier this week it now has more than 72,000 employees …

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Miles Brignall / The Guardian: UK regulator says Airbnb customers who leave early or decide not to to stay in accommodation will be able to leave a review starting August 31  —  Accommodation website to allow guests who leave before the end of stay to post comments in bid to expose poor-quality listings

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Paul Thurrott / Thurrott.com: Microsoft makes Windows 10 S available to developers and education users ahead of wider rollout  —  Microsoft announced today that it will make Windows 10 S available to developers and education customers.  But sorry, Windows Insiders and other enthusiasts: It will not make Windows 10 S available for testing to consumers.

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Janko Roettgers / Variety: Google hires Liron Damir, head of UX at Andy Rubin's Essential, to lead UX for Google Home; Damir was VP of design at Pebble prior to Google  —  Google has hired a former lead Pebble and webOS designer Liron Damir as the new head of user experience of its Google Home group …

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Reuters: Google says it aims to train 10M Africans in online skills over the next five years, alongside 100K software developers in Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa  —  LAGOS (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google aims to train 10 million people in Africa in online skills over the next five years in an effort …

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Kurt Wagner / Recode: Estimate places Twitter's DAUs at 157M in Q2 2017, extrapolated from a Q2 2015 figure, up from 140M DAUs in Q2 2016  —  Twitter talks a lot about DAU growth but doesn't break out any hard numbers, so we did our own estimate.  —  For the past six months, Twitter has been selling investors …

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Rita El Khoury / Android Police: LG's mobile division lost $117.2M in Q2, down from a $132M loss in Q2 2016, on $2.39B revenue; LG blames “weaker than expected” G6 sales  —  LG Home Appliance and Air Solutions Company Again Leads All Business Units;  —  Overall Profitability and Revenues Up Despite Challenging Quarter for Mobiles

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Joseph Menn / Reuters: Sources: Facebook traced accounts targeting Macron to tools used in past by Russia's GRU; 70K French propaganda or spam accounts closed, up from 30K in April  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron's election campaign earlier …

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Kif Leswing / Business Insider: Apple confirms it has discontinued iPod nano and iPod shuffle; iPod touch now starts at 32GB for $199, 128GB for $299  —  Apple updated its iPod lineup on Thursday and discontinued the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle.  —  They were the last two iPods that didn't run iOS, the same software that runs on the iPhone.

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Joe Rossignol / MacRumors: Apple Discontinues iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle  —  Apple today removed the iPod nano and iPod shuffle from its website and online store around the world, and it has since confirmed the iconic portable media players have been discontinued.  Apple continues to sell the iPod touch with updated pricing …

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: Kickstarter CEO and cofounder Yancey Strickler to step down later this year as the firm searches for his replacement  —  Yancey Strickler, cofounder and CEO of Kickstarter, has announced that he's stepping down from the crowdfunding giant later this year.  A hunt for his replacement is now in motion.

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Matt Egan / CNNMoney: Amazon and Facebook topped $500B market cap for the first time on Wednesday and Thursday respectively, driven by strong quarterly growth  —  Earnings fuel Wall Street's record run  —  Facebook and Amazon have joined an exclusive club open to only the richest companies in the world: both crossed the half-a-trillion mark.

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Zoey Chong / CNET: PayPal partners with Baidu to connect its 17M merchants to Baidu's 100M wallet users  —  If you're a PayPal global merchant, you'll now have access to another 100 million potential online shoppers.  —  There are over 1.3 billion consumers in China, and PayPal wants a piece of the market.

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Lexi Sydow / App Annie: App Annie: Users spent $15B in Q2 on iOS and Android apps, up 35% YoY; emerging markets drove Play Store app downloads' 20% YoY growth, widening lead over iOS  —  We close the books on a big Q2 that featured Google Play and iOS battling for worldwide download and consumer spend supremacy.

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Micah Singleton / The Verge: Google plans to merge Google Play Music with YouTube Red to create a new streaming service, YouTube's head of music Lyor Cohen confirmed  —  One service to cover everything (almost)  —  YouTube's head of music confirmed that the company is planning on merging its Google Play Music service …

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Bloomberg: Jeff Bezos surpasses Bill Gates as world's richest person, with a net worth of ~$90.9B, as Amazon shares surged in trading; Gates held the top spot since 2013  —  His net worth climbs more than $1 billion in intraday trading  —  Gates has held top spot on Bloomberg wealth index since 2013

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Aradhana Aravindan / Reuters: Amazon launches Prime Now, its two-hour delivery service, in Singapore, taking on Chinese rival, Alibaba  —  SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc launched its two-hour delivery service in Singapore on Thursday, marking the e-commerce giant's biggest push into Southeast Asia and its first head …

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Eliot Brown / Wall Street Journal: Dow Jones: 30 US VC funds raised $500M+ each last year, up from 17 in 2015, and the most since 54 in 2000  —  Canaan Partners' $800 million fund is the latest jumbo-size capital pool  —  Giant venture-capital funds are piling up in Silicon Valley, a sign that foundations …

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