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Toivo Tanävsuu / Ars Technica: Former Megaupload programmer Andrew Nõmm, who spent a year in US prison, tells his story  —  Programmer Andrew Nõmm: “I had to be made an example of as a warning to all IT people.”  —  Soon after the domain was registered in Hong Kong, the now-defunct Megaupload.com grew …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Facebook launches human-curated Featured Events, currently for iOS users, in 10 US cities  —  550 million people use Facebook Events each month, with 60% of connections to events happening serendipitously in the News Feed.  But Facebook is giving hardcore extroverts seeking more parties …

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Dan Seifert / The Verge: Google launches Cast for Education to let students cast their screens to the classroom projector, debuts quizzes feature for Forms, and opens up VR Expeditions  —  It's no secret that Google's Chromebooks have seen the most success in the classroom, and have quickly become the de facto education computer …

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Google Research Blog: Google announces Project Bloks, a new open hardware platform to make coding physical for kids, still in development  —  Posted by Steve Vranakis and Jayme Goldstein, Executive Creative Director and Project Lead, Google Creative Lab  —  At Google, we're passionate about empowering children to create and explore with technology.

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Brandy Shaul / SocialTimes: Mobcrush Officially Launches Live-Streaming Platform for Mobile Games  —  Mobcrush announced the official launch of its live-streaming application on mobile.  The app allows users to watch live streams and broadcast gameplay from mobile games.  —  With the Mobcrush app …

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Casey Newton / The Verge: Twitter adds stickers for photos and lets you search them like hashtags  —  Twitter will begin letting you add virtual stickers to the photos you post, the company said today.  Hundreds are available at launch, including the standard Unicode emoji and some original work from Twitter.

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Natasha Singer / New York Times: Amazon unveils Inspire, an online education service for teachers, will offer free lesson plans, teaching modules, and other digital resources  —  Just ahead of the back-to-school season, Amazon is making a major foray into the education technology market for primary and secondary schools …

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Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider: Flipboard CEO Mike McCue talks about focus on high-end ads, competition from Nuzzel and Apple News, and why he took JPMorgan's $50M investment  —  Flipboard, the magazine-style curation app, is about to turn profitable “reasonably soon,” the company's CEO Mike McCue revealed to Business Insider on Monday.

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Lizette Chapman / Bloomberg: Sources: DocuSign's CEO search drags on after losing leading candidate, Google's Rick Osterloh, in March; Bain's Enrique Salem being considered for the position  —  Unicorn company is said to have been spurned by Google exec  —  Bain's Enrique Salem emerges as candidate for chief executive

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Juro Osawa / Wall Street Journal: Huawei invests heavily in R&D and patents to challenge Samsung and Apple at home and overseas; source says Apple is paying royalties for some of Huawei's IP  —  Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo and others buy patents to challenge to Apple and Samsung  —  HONG KONG—China's smartphone makers increasingly …

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Wall Street Journal: Sources: dozens of new brands get Dash buttons this week; companies pay $15 for each branded button sold and 15% of each product sale, atop normal commission  —  Detergent, household-products makers join expansion as they try to stay close to Amazon, but consumer demand for gadgets has been cool

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Mitch Smith / New York Times: Case in Wisconsin spurs debate about the use of proprietary algorithms that calculate defendants' recidivism risk in sentencing  —  CHICAGO — When Eric L. Loomis was sentenced for eluding the police in La Crosse, Wis., the judge told him he presented a “high risk” to the community and handed down a six-year prison term.

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Erin Griffith / Fortune: Nikesh Arora talks about his resignation, tenure at SoftBank, working with Masayoshi Son, and how he already sold his SoftBank stake to Son at a small loss  —  Nikesh Arora shocked the business world two years ago when he jumped from his role as Google's chief business officer to SoftBank SB …

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Li Yuan / Wall Street Journal: In China, subscriptions accounted for 13% of the online video industry's 2015 revenue, up from 5.6% a year earlier  —  More users become paying subscribers; ‘Lost Tomb’ is a boon for Baidu's iQIYI  —  Online video in China is starting to look more like Netflix and less like YouTube, as more users agree to pay for subscriptions.

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Financial Times: Intel weighs sale of cyber security business  —  Intel is looking at options for Intel Security, including potentially selling the antivirus software maker formerly known as McAfee which it bought for $7.7bn almost six years ago.  —  The Silicon Valley chipmaker has been talking to bankers …

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Bloomberg: China's search engines need to verify advertisers, clearly ID paid results from Aug. 1, following death of a student who accused Baidu of showing misleading ads  —  Avertisers' qualifications must be verified effective Aug. 1  —  Banned content must be reported: Cyberspace Administration

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Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal: HP's 0.41 inch-thick Spectre laptop outperforms the MacBook but trails on battery life, and like MacBook makes too many sacrificies for thinness  —  As laptops go on extreme diets, you need to ask yourself what you're willing to sacrifice in ports, power and battery life

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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica: Report: Huawei hedges its bet on Android by developing a new non-Android operating system in-house  —  Like Samsung before it, Huawei hopes to have a “Plan B” should Android terms go bad.  —  A report from The Information (subscription required) claims that Huawei is building its own in-house OS as a possible “Plan B” to Android.

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Reuters: Sources: Google and Facebook start automatically blocking reposted extremist videos  —  Some of the web's biggest destinations for watching videos have quietly started using automation to remove extremist content from their sites, according to two people familiar with the process.

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Erin Griffith / Fortune: Behind the race in Silicon Valley and Detroit to build a self-driving car  —  Silicon Valley and Detroit are in a race to create our driverless future.  And for the first time ever, the car may take a backseat.  —  My brain knows that this demonstration has been carefully staged …

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Jenna Wortham / New York Times: A look at the ethical and logistical issues of preserving social media for future reference  —  A few years ago, the Brooklyn Museum put on a Keith Haring exhibition, with a focus on his early career.  There were videos of Haring at work, feverishly painting his way across an enormous scroll …

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Scott Cendrowski / Fortune: Xiaomi struggles to expand abroad as its smartphone sales in China decline and ecosystem growth misses forecasts, making some question its $45B valuation  —  The “Apple of China” gets a reality check as its smartphone sales slump. … Xiaomi's tale may sound like merely another iteration …

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Rob Bluey / The Daily Signal: Facebook to Provide ‘Political Bias’ Training for Employees  —  Facebook is adding a training program for its employees to address concerns that the company has a bias against conservatives.  —  Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, announced the addition of a “political bias” …

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Recode: Facebook hires Kevin Lo, former general manager of Google Fiber, to join its connectivity team  —  Kevin Lo will help Facebook wheel and deal in its efforts to bring more people online.  —  Facebook has brought in Kevin Lo, the former general manager for Google Fiber …

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David Ruddock / Android Police: Source: Google is building a live support app with screen-sharing for Nexus devices  —  A long-standing gap in the Nexus device feature-set for “normal” buyers has been live on-device support.  In the event you need help setting up your Nexus smartphone - a smartphone you bought on the internet …

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