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Dick Costolo / Guardian: Twitter helped open access to information, people, and power, and that access should be used responsibly and with empathy  —  why tech firms are set to face complex ethical issues  —  After nearly five years the Twitter CEO is standing down.  He explains why it wants to champion the underserved …

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Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle: City of San Francisco to create short term rental office to streamline Airbnb host registrations and investigate law violators  —  S.F. to create city office to enforce Airbnb law  —  San Francisco will take a carrot-and-stick approach to vacation rentals, making it easier for hosts …

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Xiaomi Sold 34.7M Smartphones In First Half Of 2015, Up 33% Year-On-Year  —  Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi today confirmed that it sold just shy of 35 million phones in the first half of this year. … Xiaomi, which is valued at $45 billion and is the world's third largest exporter of phones …

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Reuters: Sources: FCC to approve AT&T's $48.5B DirecTV acquisition with conditions as soon as next week  —  U.S. approval of AT&T-DirecTV deal expected as soon as next week: sources  —  AT&T Inc's (T.N) proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV (DTV.O) is expected to get U.S. regulatory approval …

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Micah Singleton / The Verge: Facebook has held early talks with the major music labels, future plans may involve the company's video platform  —  Facebook is talking with music labels, but why?  —  Facebook has held talks with the major labels about “getting into music,” multiple sources tell The Verge.

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Todd Spangler / Variety: Hulu reaches deal to distribute its ad-supported content on Pluto TV's website, which presents online video in a TV-like programming grid  —  Hulu to Deliver Free TV Shows, Movies via Pluto TV Service (Exclusive)  —  Startup Pluto TV also reaches deals with Jukin Media, Shout!

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Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal: Google Mistakenly Tags Black People as ‘Gorillas,’ Showing Limits of Algorithms  —  Google is a leader in artificial intelligence and machine learning.  But the company's computers still have a lot to learn, judging by a major blunder by its Photos app this week.

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Josh Horwitz / Quartz: Apple Music costs far less than $10/month in some countries, just $2/month in India  —  Apple Music is just $2 per month in India—80% cheaper than the US … Apple tends to not care much about price competitiveness.  Without telco subsidies, which typically occur only in rich countries …

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Jose Pagliery / CNNMoney: MasterCard to test approving online purchases this fall with fingerprint and face scanning  —  MasterCard will approve purchases by scanning your face  —  This fall, MasterCard will start experimenting with a new program: approving online purchases with a facial scan.

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Aaron Wall / SEO Book: Yahoo is testing Google-powered search results and ads  —  Yahoo! Search Testing Google Search Results  —  Search PandaMonium  —  A couple days ago Microsoft announced a deal with AOL to have AOL sell Microsoft display ads & for Bing to power AOL's organic search results and paid search ads for a decade starting in January.

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Eugene Kim / Business Insider: PayPal drops $890 million on Xoom, a service for transferring money around the world  —  PayPal is acquiring digital money transfer service Xoom for roughly $890 million.  PayPal is paying $25 per share, putting about 32% premium Xoom's 3 month weighted average price.  —  Xoom's shares are up about 7.3% in after hours.

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Sony Launches A Crowdfunding Site For Projects From Its Employees In Japan  —  Sony has dabbled with crowdfunding in the past — using sites to float an e-ink watch and mesh sensor kit — but now the Japanese company is making a big play in the space after launching its own site for crowdfunded projects.

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Joseph Ax / Reuters: U.S. judge signs off on Sprint's $50 million ‘cramming’ settlement  —  A U.S. judge signed off on Tuesday on a $50 million settlement between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Sprint Corp over claims the mobile carrier added unauthorized charges to customer phone bills.

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Ryan Whitwam / Android Police: Yahoo takes on Google Now with a new update to its Aviate Launcher for Android  —  Aviate Launcher Updated To v3.0 With A More Conventional Look And New ‘Smart Stream’ Page  —  Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan.

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Richard Nieva / CNET: Smartphone ‘kill switch’ law takes effect in California  —  Starting July 1, smartphones sold in the state must come with software that lets users lock a stolen phone so it can't be used, making it harder to resell.  Crime statistics show the tech is already working.

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Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal: Facebook tweaks its logo to be more mobile-friendly, reducing fuzziness and increasing legibility on phones  —  Facebook's New Logo: Can You Spot the Difference?  —  Blink and you'll miss the tweak Facebook is making to its logo Tuesday.  —  The letters are thinner.  There's more white space.

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Russell Brandom / The Verge: Chicago's 9% cloud tax now applies to “electronically delivered amusements” like Netflix as well as “nonpossessory computer leases” which could include AWS  —  Chicago's ‘cloud tax’ makes Netflix and other streaming services more expensive

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Todd Spangler / Variety: Facebook to begin sharing revenue with video creators like the NBA, Fox Sports, and Hearst from ads in Suggested Videos section; Facebook takes 45%  —  Facebook Unveils First Way for Video Partners to Earn Ad Revenue  —  Social giant testing ‘suggested videos’ with video ads; partners include NBA …

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Rocket Internet And Kinnevik Add $167M More To GFG, Roll In 2 Brazilian Fashion Portals  —  Rocket Internet's Global Fashion Group (GFG), an umbrella group that houses the German company's fashion-focused e-commerce services for emerging markets, made a double announcement today after revealing …

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Janko Roettgers / Variety: Former Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff Joins Magic Leap As Chief Content Officer  —  Former Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff has a new job: Caraeff announced Wednesday on Twitter that he is joining the secretive augmented reality startup Magic Leap as Chief Content Officer: Dana Beach, Florida-based Magic Leap …

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Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal: Shou Zi Chew, former partner of Russian investment firm DST Global, joins Xiaomi as CFO  —  Shou Zi Chew Joins Xiaomi as CFO  —  Singaporean joins ranks of senior executives with international backgrounds  —  BEIJING—Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. said Wednesday that a former partner …

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Leena Rao / Fortune: Postmates partners with 7-Eleven for delivery service, available today in San Francisco and Oakland, and 5 more in coming months  —  Get a 7-Eleven Slurpee delivered to your door through Postmates  —  You'll soon be able to have a Slurpee delivered to your door.

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Sam Sheffer / The Verge: Snapchat now lets users view Snaps and Stories without continuously pressing the screen  —  Snapchat is changing the way you watch snaps and add friends  —  Snapchat is changing its own game yet again.  With an update rolling out today for iOS and Android, you are no longer required to hold a finger down to view snaps and Stories.

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac: iTunes 12.2 update indicates new gold, dark blue, dark pink iPod nano, touch + shuffle colors  —  Apple could be preparing to refresh its aging iPod lineup with new colors, according to a new image found inside of yesterday's iTunes 12.2 update for Apple Music.

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Chris Plante / The Verge: Steve Jobs trailer: watch an unrecognizable Michael Fassbender in the first extended look  —  A teaser gave us our first look at the upcoming film Steve Jobs in May, but our first extended look at the film comes in today's trailer.  —  That the film will be released this year is something of a Hollywood miracle.

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