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Sankalp Phartiyal / Reuters: Sources: Snapdeal's board agrees to Flipkart's acquisition offer of $900M-$950M, but obstacles remain, including approval from smaller shareholders  —  MUMBAI (Reuters) - The board of Indian e-commerce firm Snapdeal has agreed to a deal with bigger rival Flipkart for up to $950 million …

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Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg: Sources: Uber could appoint a new CEO within six weeks, says head of HR; shortlist has fewer than six candidates, including HPE's Meg Whitman  —  Uber Technologies Inc. hopes to name a new leader by early September to replace its ousted chief executive officer and steer the ride-hailing business out of a turbulent period.

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Kate Conger / Gizmodo: Facebook announces $500K investment in Defending Digital Democracy, a group that combats election hacking and disinformation campaigns  —  Facebook is sponsoring the efforts of former Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney campaign managers to combat hacking and disinformation campaigns designed to interfere with elections.

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Bloomberg: Sources: Facebook to debut a series of original, short-form videos from partners in mid-Aug., after a number of false starts; longer-form content to come later  —  Facebook's video tab start has been delayed several times  —  Company is asking partners to turn in first episodes now

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Xiaomi unveils Mi AI smart speaker, available in China for ~$45, to control Xiaomi hardware and other smart products, play media, more  —  Hot on the heels of reports that Facebook is developing its own take on Amazon Echo, China's Xiaomi has joined the tech company masses by jumping into the increasingly crowded smart speaker space.

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: eBay debuts AI-powered Image Search tool, which scans photos to find items online, and Find it on eBay, which uses photos from the web, coming to mobile in fall  —  With artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning seemingly permeating just about every facet of the online world …

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David Lumb / Engadget: Google brings its Trusted Contacts location sharing app to iOS and updates the Android app with new features  —  Google released Trusted Contacts for Android at the end of last year as an app version of Facebook's Safety Check that automatically shares your phone's status to close friends and family.

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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Google says it has removed Google Instant search results, which showed results as users typed, citing the shift from desktop to mobile searches  —  After launching Google Instant — Google's method of showing search results as you type them — several years ago, Google has removed the feature from search effective today.

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Christina Passariello / Wall Street Journal: How Jony Ive, Apple's chief designer, brought Steve Jobs's exacting design vision for Apple Park to life  —  With Apple Park, the company's chief designer has once again brought Steve Jobs's exacting design vision to life  —  ON A SUNNY DAY in May, Jonathan Ive —Jony to anyone who knows him …

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Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC: Canalys report: Apple iPhone's market share in China fell to fifth place last quarter, behind Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi  —  - It's an area where Apple has struggled in recent years, with sales down 14 percent year over year last quarter.  —  Apple's share of the Chinese smartphone market fell …

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Roberto Baldwin / Engadget: Waze joins Google Maps on Android Auto  —  Google Maps has become the de facto way to get from point A to point B. But for commuters and Uber/Lyft drivers, Waze — with Google's transit information overlaid and crowdsourced data — has become invaluable.  The only problem is that while Google Maps …

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Arjun Kharpal / CNBC: Nintendo Q1 beats expectations as revenue rose nearly 150% to $1.37B on strong demand for the Switch console, which sold 1.97M units in Q1, 4.71M in total  —  - The company sold 1.97 million Switch consoles and maintained its forecast of selling 10 million units this financial year.

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Sean O'Neill / Skift: Google is testing vacation rental search in its hotel price-comparison tool using ~7K property listings in Europe  —  This apartment, based in Paris's 15th arrondissement (or neighborhood), is available on Booking.com and was listed yesterday for a booking of 8 to 14 people via Google's “hotel search.”

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Ronan Shields / The Drum: Outbrain acquires native ad startup Zemanta, which will continue as a standalone product, for an undisclosed amount  —  Outbrain has today (July 25) announced the purchase of Zemanta, a demand-side platform (DSP) specializing in native ad formats as the content-sharing network seeks to build …

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Russell Brandom / The Verge: Google study finds ransomware victims have paid $25M+ in ransoms over last two years  —  Ransomware victims have paid more than $25 million in ransoms over the last two years, according to a study presented today by researchers at Google, Chainalysis, UC San Diego, and the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

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Eugene Kaspersky / Nota Bene: Kaspersky announces free version of its antivirus software in US, Canada, and some Asia Pacific countries, with global rollout expected over four months  —  Hi folks!  —  I've some fantastic, earth-shattering-saving news: we're announcing the global launch of Kaspersky Free, which …

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Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider: Wisconsin judge orders Apple pay $506M to University of Wisconsin-Madison for patent infringement of A7, A8, A8X system-on-chip CPU designs; Apple to appeal  —  A U.S. district court judge on Monday ruled Apple must pay $506 million in damages for infringing on a microprocessor technology IP owned …

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Camila Russo / Bloomberg: LedgerX is set to become the first federally regulated cryptocurrency options exchange and clearinghouse in the US after receiving CFTC license  —  LedgerX becomes the first regulated bitcoin options exchange  —  CFTC authorized company to provide clearing services for swaps

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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed: Companies are increasingly paying Facebook to promote positive press, steering ad dollars away from publishers  —  When the workplace gossip app Blind expanded its product's availability earlier this summer, it got the word out via an age-old tactic: advertising.

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Pan Yue / China Money Network: Beijing-based autonomous driving tech startup Momenta raises $46M Series B led by Sequoia Capital China, others; Daimler AG and Unity Ventures among investors  —  NIO Capital, a private equity fund established by Chinese electric car company NIO, has teamed up with Sequoia Capital China …

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Bérénice Magistretti / VentureBeat: Khosla Ventures leads $50 million investment in Vicarious' AI tech  —  Vicarious, which is working on narrowing the gap between human and artificial intelligence, announced today that it has raised $50 million in a round led by Khosla Ventures.  —  The Union City, California-based startup …

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Bloomberg: Sources: SoftBank invests in Roomba-maker iRobot, keeping the stake below 5% and under US disclosure threshold  —  IRobot stake is below 5%, under U.S. disclosure threshold  —  Japanese firm has raised over $93 billion for Vision Fund  —  SoftBank Group Corp. has taken a stake …

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Reuters: Uber partners with Axa to offer French drivers free accident insurance starting this fall, in compliance with French employment law  —  PARIS (Reuters) - Uber and insurance group AXA (AXAF.PA) have joined forces in France to offer accident cover for drivers who work for the ride hailing service …

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Graham Ruddick / The Guardian: Amazon says it plans to expand its London-based R&D department from 450 to 900 people as part of expansion of UK workforce to 24K staff by end of 2017  —  Company will increase number of workers focusing on Prime Video service in capital from 450 to 900

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: AMD reports Q2 revenue of $1.22B, up 19% YoY, vs ~$1.16B expected, and a net loss of $16M; shares jump 7%+  —  Advanced Micro Devices posted a GAAP second-quarter loss of 2 cents a share and 2 cents a share profit on an adjusted basis, even as it continued with the launch of its most competitive chips in a decade.

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