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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Mozilla releases Firefox 53 with two new themes, separate graphics process on Windows that utilizes system's GPU, reader mode, no support for Windows XP, Vista  —  Mozilla today launched Firefox 53 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.  The new version includes two new themes on desktop …

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Bloomberg: Tesla settles lawsuit against the former director of its Autopilot program, Aurora co-founder Sterling Anderson, says it has been paid $100K  —  Carmaker had alleged Sterling Anderson breached his contract  —  Anderson formed startup with former Google car project chief

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Tony Romm / Recode: Amazon, Facebook, Google, Snap, and 150+ more file brief in federal court arguing against Trump's revised travel ban  —  Amazon, Facebook, Google and Snap are among those filing.  —  Amazon, Facebook, Google, Snap and more than 150 other tech companies told a federal court in Virginia today …

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Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC: Qualcomm beats Q2 2017 estimates with $5.99B revenue, up 10% YoY, but warns about the future impact of its Apple patent dispute  —  Qualcomm reported earnings for the second fiscal quarter that beat analyst expectations on Wednesday, and revenue that topped estimates.  —  Shares rose about 1 percent after hours.

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Katie Roof / TechCrunch: eBay reports Q1 2017 revenue of $2.22B, vs $2.21B expected, up 4% YoY, on gross merchandise volume of $20.9B, up 2% YoY  —  EBay reported first quarter results after the bell on Wednesday.  —  The company posted an adjusted 49 cents per share, when Wall Street was forecasting 48 cents.

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Chance Miller / 9to5Google: KGI: Samsung's Note 8 to have dual 12MP/13MP camera with 3x optical zoom, that is “much better than that of iPhone 7 Plus, and likely match that of OLED iPhone”  —  Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is out today with a pair of new investor notes concerning Samsung.

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Jeffrey Dastin / Reuters: Amazon brings its Amazon Lex platform out of preview, letting developers build chat features into apps  —  Amazon.com Inc's chief technology officer is working toward a day when people can control almost any piece of software with their voice.  —  The company on Wednesday rolled …

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Nick Statt / The Verge: Facebook debuts 360 Capture SDK to make high-quality VR and 360-degree video capture easier for creators  —  Facebook today is launching a new developer toolkit that will make it easier for users to capture and share their personal experiences in VR, be it a moment in an Oculus Rift game …

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Richard Nieva / CNET: Inside Building 8, Facebook's moonshot lab working on a brain interface that translates thoughts into words and a project to use skin vibrations to “hear” words  —  The social network finally unveils what its secretive Building 8 hardware lab has been working on for the past year.

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Ben Thompson / Stratechery: Facebook copying Snapchat's features reduces the competition to who has the stronger network, illustrating how monopolies are bad for innovation  —  The shamelessness was breathtaking.  —  Having told a few jokes, summarized his manifesto, and acknowledged the victim of the so-called …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Twitch expands viewer subscriptions with $9.99/month and $24.99/month tiers, now an opt-in beta for partners  —  Confirming an earlier leak, the Amazon-owned live streaming service Twitch is today announcing an expanded lineup of subscription offerings, which introduces two new levels beyond the original $4.99 per month plan.

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Nick Statt / The Verge: Facebook updates its Surround 360 camera lineup with two models: larger x24 and smaller x6, both capable of shooting 8K video, with pricing and availability TBD  —  The freedom of VR with the fidelity of real life  —  Facebook today announced the second generation of its Surround 360 video camera design …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Spotify brings its half-price student tier to 33 new countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Japan, and New Zealand  —  Hot on the heels of Pandora's public launch of its on-demand streaming service, Pandora Premium, rival Spotify is looking to make its service more appealing …

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Rajeev Syal / The Guardian: UK government report finds failure to collect VAT from Amazon and eBay on some sales cost the government £1B to £1.5B in lost revenue during 2016  —  HMRC saw more than a billion pounds in revenue lost last year in sales tax not paid by retailers outside the EU, report finds

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft makes its Wunderlist successor, To-Do, available in preview as part of Office 365; Wunderlist will “eventually” be retired  —  Microsoft's ‘Project Cheshire,’ the successor to its Wunderlist to-do app, is now in public preview for many Office 365 users on a variety of devices.

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Tom Phillips / Eurogamer.net: Sources: Nintendo to launch a mini version of its SNES console in time for Christmas 2017, after the success of its mini NES console  —  Major factor for NES mini discontinuation.  —  Nintendo will follow up its smash hit NES microconsole with a mini version of the SNES, sources close to the company have confirmed to Eurogamer.

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Christina Warren / Gizmodo: How LeEco's efforts to “buy its way into marketshare” in America unraveled, from its attempted Vizio acquisition to its purchase of 49 acres in Santa Clara  —  In 2016, rising Chinese tech star LeEco made an aggressive move to conquer the unfamiliar US market with cheap gadgets.

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Motherboard: A look at Retina-X and FlexiSpy, spyware companies whose surveillance software is used by ordinary people to tap each other's phones  —  This story is part of When Spies Come Home, a Motherboard series about powerful surveillance software ordinary people use to spy on their loved ones.

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Fortune: Sources: home design firm Houzz is raising as much as $500M Series E at a valuation of more than $5B  —  This article first appeared in Term Sheet, Fortune's newsletter on deals and dealmakers.  Sign up here.  —  Houzz, an online platform for home remodeling and design services …

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Sam Byford / The Verge: Xiaomi announces 5.15-inch Mi 6 with Snapdragon 835, 12MP dual-cameras, 6GB RAM, 3,350 mAh battery, no headphone jack, starting at $360  —  Xiaomi has announced its latest flagship phone, the Mi 6, at an event in Beijing.  While Xiaomi drew widespread attention last year …

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Elizabeth Weise / USA Today: Trump's newly signed executive order to reform H-1B visas may make outsourcing less viable, but could bring more educated and better paid tech workers to US  —  SAN FRANCISCO — H-1B visa holders could get a lot more expensive and a lot better educated under a new executive order signed …

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Rich McCormick / The Verge: Baidu opens up self-driving vehicle platform Apollo, encompassing both hardware and software, which aims to offer fully autonomous driving by 2020  —  Project Apollo aims to offer fully autonomous driving by 2020  —  Chinese tech giant Baidu has announced a new autonomous vehicle platform …

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Andy Greenberg / Wired: Facebook releases beta version of Delegated Recovery, an ID system for third parties to recover accounts via Facebook, publishes SDKs, docs, and example apps  —  The stakes of computer security have risen far too high for any modern human to depend on their mother's maiden name to preserve their secrets.

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GSMArena.com: Instagram on Android gets offline mode for users to see, comment on, save, and Like content previously loaded, among other features  —  At Facebook's annual developer conference in San Jose, Instagram announces the Android app will be getting offline capabilities that will allow …

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Agam Shah / PCWorld: Facebook open sources Caffe2, a deep-learning framework that will let developers program AI features like image recognition directly into mobile devices  —  Your smartphone may soon be able to recognize objects in images without accessing the cloud  —  New intelligence can be added …

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