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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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Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg: Sources: Uber lost $1.2B in first half of 2016, including $520M in Q1 and $750M in Q2; net revenue grew 18% from $960M in Q1 to $1.1B in Q2  —  After touting profitability in the U.S. early this year, the ride-hailing company is said to post second-quarter losses exceeding $100 million.

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New York Times: WhatsApp to share phone numbers and analytics data of users with Facebook  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Facebook bought the start-up WhatsApp in 2014, Jan Koum, WhatsApp's co-founder, declared that the deal would not affect the digital privacy of his mobile messaging service's millions of users.

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Bloomberg: Sources: Apple developing a Snapchat-like video sharing and editing app and multiple social features for iOS  —  Company looks to catch up as video sharing gains popularity  —  Engineers test deeper social ties across iPhone, iPad software  —  Apple Inc., seeking to capitalize on the popularity …

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Jonathan Vanian / Fortune: HP reports Q3 revenue of $11.9B, down 4% YoY, marking third decline in quarterly sales since November split  —  HP Inc. continues to face challenges during its first year as an independent company.  —  The printer and personal computer giant said Wednesday that its latest quarterly revenue dropped 4% year over year to $11.9 billion.

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Jim Weber / LinkedIn Pulse: Sports writer says Twitter permanently banned his account with nearly 100K followers after he tweeted three Olympics GIFs  —  I thought the only people to get permanently banned from Twitter were Leslie Jones' online bully and terrorists.  Apparently those who post a GIF …

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Biz Carson / Business Insider: Legalist, a startup launched by a Thiel Fellow, will fund lawsuits in exchange for up to 50% cut of settlement based on algorithmic calculation of winning  —  It's a startup idea that looks like it's ripped straight from the headlines.  —  This summer, Forbes revealed that tech luminary Peter Thiel …

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Lora Kolodny / TechCrunch: Drone data management firm DroneDeploy raises $20M Series B round led by Scale Venture Partners  —  A San Francisco-based startup called DroneDeploy has raised $20 million in Series B funding to grow their drone data management platform.  —  The drone tech startup closed its Series B deal …

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Nick Statt / The Verge: Google brings Wi-Fi Assistant, a previously exclusive Project Fi feature that cuts down on data usage, to all Nexus devices in the US, UK, Canada, and more  —  Starting in the coming weeks, Google is adding a new data-saving perk for owners of its Nexus smartphones.

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Harrison Weber / VentureBeat: Sources: YouTube building Backstage feature that allows creators to share photos, polls, links, and more that will appear in subscribers' feeds, slated for fall  —  EXCLUSIVE:  —  YouTube, the world's largest video-sharing service, is looking beyond video to keep its homegrown stars …

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: Auth0 raises $15M Series B led by Trinity Ventures to help developers, websites manage identity, authentication; the company now has 75K subscribers  —  “Identity-as-a-service” startup Auth0 (pronounced “auth zero") has raised $15 million in Series B funding.

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Jan Dawson / Beyond Devices: Breaking down Apple's last five years in charts covering R&D spend, regional trends, profit margins, cash on hand, unit sales and revenue by category, more  —  This week marks the fifth anniversary of Tim Cook's appointment as permanent CEO at Apple—he was appointed CEO on August 24th, 2011.

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Seth Fiegerman / CNNMoney: Five years after Tim Cook became Apple CEO, the company has doubled staff, is more socially conscious, but hasn't created a new product category rivaling iPhone  —  Hours after Steve Jobs resigned as the CEO of Apple, his successor Tim Cook sent an email to reassure employees about the company's future.

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John Herrman / New York Times: On Facebook, activist-run pages rival the reach of established, traditional media brands like MSNBC and NYT, but aren't beholden to any journalistic standard  —  How a strange new class of media outlet has arisen to take over our news feeds.  —  Open your Facebook feed.  What do you see?

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Amazon aims to make digital books widely accessible globally by launching the Kindle Reading Fund in partnership with Worldreader  —  Amazon today announced a new program called the Kindle Reading Fundwhich is aimed at making digital books more easily available worldwide.

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Julie Verhage / Bloomberg: Uber partners with Betterment to offer drivers in Seattle, Boston, Chicago, and New Jersey an Individual Retirement Account which they can open in-app  —  While fighting employment litigation, the company says drivers can set up an IRA on its ride-hailing app.  And the first year is free.

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Jordan Novet / VentureBeat: Microsoft updates Word Flow keyboard for iOS with built-in search for animated GIFs, images, contacts, and the web via Bing  —  Microsoft today released version 2.0 of its swipe-friendly Word Flow third-party keyboard for iOS.  Now the app is a much better match for the Gboard iOS keyboard that Google released in recent months.

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Adam Shepherd / CloudPro: Amazon brings its unlimited Amazon Drive storage to the UK for £55/year  —  Company unveils no-limit storage for £55 annual fee  —  Amazon has announced a new plan that will offer UK customers unlimited cloud storage for a flat annual fee.  —  Part of the Amazon Drive offering …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Trello makes Power-Ups available to all, but limits free tier users to use one at a time, adds new integrations for Intercom, Screenful, and Github Enterprise  —  Project management service Trello today announced that its Power-Ups, which are essentially third-party integrations …

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