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Arthur Beesley / Financial Times: Sources: European Commission is expected to issue adverse ruling on Ireland's tax breaks for Apple next week  —  Brussels is poised to hand down an adverse ruling against Ireland after a three-year inquiry into claims the country granted an illegal tax arrangement to Apple, the world's biggest tech company.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Google Wallet debuts automatic transfers so you can skip “cashing out”  —  Google today is stepping up its battle with Venmo, Square Cash and other person-to-person payment applications with an update to its Google Wallet mobile app, which now allows for automatic transfers to your bank account.

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Quartz: Sources: Facebook letting go of entire Trending Topics editorial staff, consisting of 15-18 workers contracted through a third party  —  Facebook will no longer employ humans to write descriptions for items in its Trending section, which attracted controversy over allegations of political bias in May.

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Peter Kafka / Recode: Spotify calls report that it demotes songs in search due to artists' exclusives with rivals “unequivocally false”  —  Spotify doesn't like exclusives.  But it says it won't bury Frank Ocean and other acts in its search results.  —  Spotify doesn't like it when big-name acts take their music to Apple or Tidal first.

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Facebook Newsroom: Facebook will now select stories and excerpts automatically for Trending topic pages, show topics instead of story descriptions in Trending section  —  Today, we're making some changes to the Trending feature on Facebook that will make the product more automated and will no longer require people …

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Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes: Everything we know about the secretive NSO Group and its founder Omri Lavie, who are behind the latest iPhone hacks  —  NSO Group employees' lives must seem no different from others in the Israeli tech scene.  They turn up every morning at their office in Herzelia, in Tel Aviv's northern district …

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Bloomberg: Sources: Spotify retaliates against artists who give exclusives to rivals by demoting their songs in search results and excluding tracks from promoted playlists  —  Service said to tell labels it may keep tracks off playlists  —  Apple Music emerges as largest challenge to streaming leader

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John Cook / GeekWire: Cloud-based IT management startup Apptio files for IPO, shows $129.3M in 2015 revenue, up 21% YoY, $41M loss, up from $32.9M in 2014  —  Another Seattle area technology company is looking to test the IPO waters.  —  Bellevue, Wash.-based Apptio, which makes software to help CIOs better manage …

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Ina Fried / Recode: White House proposing new federal rules letting foreign entrepreneurs with $345K+ in US funding remain in country for 5 years; no congressional approval needed  —  The move, which won't require congressional approval, allows people to stay up to five years, provided their startup has significant U.S. investment.

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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac: China Labor Watch accuses iPhone 7 manufacturer Pegatron of illegally forcing overtime, low wages of $2/hour, urges Apple to invest in improving conditions  —  Industry watchdog China Labor Watch this week published a new report detailing what it says are continued workers' rights violations …

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Sarah Frier / Bloomberg: Sources: Twitter is working on an anti-harassment tool to let users filter posts using keywords  —  Abuse has led to depature of several high-profile users  —  New solution is similar to Instagram's keyword-based filter  —  Twitter Inc. is working on a keyword-based tool that will let people filter …

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Nick Statt / The Verge: Facebook open sources three computer vision tools that can identify objects within photos: DeepMask, SharpMask, and MultiPathNet  —  DeepMask and SharpMask are now open source  —  Facebook is open sourcing a set of computer vision software tools that can identify both the variety and the shape of objects within photos.

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Akin Oyedele / Business Insider: Apollo Global is buying Rackspace for $4.3B, or $32 per share, a 38% premium over August 3 closing price when first reports about pending buyout surfaced  —  Apollo Global, a private-equity firm, has agreed to buy Rackspace in a $4.3 billion deal that would take the cloud-computing company private.

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Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch: Dropbox prompting users to reset passwords that haven't been changed since mid-2012, calls it a preventative move, says no evidence accounts improperly accessed  —  Dropbox is requiring users who have not changed their passwords since mid-2012 to reset their passwords this afternoon.

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Bloomberg: Sources: Apple to use Sony's FeliCa chip, a mobile tap-to-pay standard, in new iPhones in Japan to let users pay for transit with their smartphones  —  Company planning new iPhone model with Sony's FeliCa chip  —  Apple in talks with financial insitution for mobile payments

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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily: Pure Storage beats Q2 expectations as revenues rise almost 93% YoY to $163.2M  —  Shares of storage equipment vendor Pure Storage (PSTG) are up $1.67, or 14%, at $13.50, in late trading, after the company beat fiscal Q2 expectations, and forecast this quarter's revenue a little higher as well.

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Wall Street Journal: Sources: earlier this year, China let some foreign technology companies, including Microsoft and Intel, join a committee that defines cybersecurity standards  —  Allows Microsoft, Cisco, other foreign tech companies join influential Technical Committee 260  —  China is taking a more inclusive tack …

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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed: Sources: Twitter's Promoted Sticker ad campaigns have a minimum $500K ad spend, while the company has been lowering minimums on other ad products  —  Twitter is lowering minimum ad spend on some of its products, but its Promoted Sticker is pricey.  —  Advertisers who want to run Promoted …

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Mark Bergen / Recode: Report: Google Fiber chief Craig Barratt was told by Larry Page to halve staff to 500; Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat interceded to defend business model  —  Another bump in the road for Alphabet.  —  For the past year, Ruth Porat, the CFO of Google and its parent Alphabet, has told Wall Street …

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The Citizen Lab: How a government targeted Ahmed Mansoor, an activist in the UAE, with a chain of zero-day exploits to infect his iPhone with sophisticated commercial spyware  —  Ahmed Mansoor is an internationally recognized human rights defender, based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) …

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Andrea Peterson / Washington Post: Researchers uncover zero-day iOS vulnerabilities used to try to steal data from phones of activists and journalists; Apple releases patch with iOS 9.3.5  —  Many people assume their iPhones are secure, but new research sent Apple scrambling to fix vulnerabilities that left users at risk.

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Adam Satariano / Bloomberg: WhatsApp lays groundwork to monetize its service by easing privacy rules and allowing businesses to message users  —  New privacy policy opens up service for texts from businesses  —  WhatsApp begins sharing more user data with Facebook  —  Facebook Inc. is laying the groundwork …

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Associated Press: Autonomous vehicle software startup nuTonomy begins invite-only testing of six self-driving taxis in Singapore; cars will have driver and researcher on board  —  SINGAPORE (AP) — The world's first self-driving taxis will be picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday.

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Gideon Spanier / Campaign Live: Analysis of filings finds Twitter's Japanese operation generated 10% of global revenue in Q2, with sales doubling YoY to $61.2M  —  Japan has overtaken the UK to become Twitter's largest market outside the US.  —  Twitter's booming Japanese operation generated 10% of global revenues for the first time in the second quarter of 2016.

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Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed: Nextdoor, a social network for neighbors, debuts a new tool to stem racial profiling on its platform, claims 75% success rate in tests  —  Nextdoor, a location-based social network for neighbors that has more than 10 million registered users, is rolling out a new tool today that the company …

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