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Casey Newton / The Verge: Photo-storage service Picturelife shutters 18 months after being bought; users have option to transfer their photos to SmugMug, view and download them for free  —  Its 200 million photos are now stored on SmugMug  —  Picturelife, a four-year-old photo-storage and management service acquired …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Microsoft tests Project Sonoma, a team chat app for managing shift workers' schedules  —  Microsoft has quietly released a new productivity application to both Google Play and theiTunes App Store called Project Sonoma.  The app is aimed at those who work outside of a traditional office environment …

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Phil Oakley / Android Police: Instagram hits 1B downloads on Google Play, Facebook's fourth app to do so  —  The latest app to join the rather exclusive 1 billion club on Google Play is... drumroll please... Instagram.  This is quite surprising when estimates only put the number of accounts at 500 million …

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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica: Android Nougat review: split screen support with app resizing will be great for large screen devices, and the design of new notification panel is very efficient  —  Big smartphones are everywhere, and Nougat's new features make them more useful.  —  After a lengthy Developer Preview program starting …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Android Nougat is out of beta, now available for Google's Nexus devices, Pixel C tablet, more; Google says the roll-out to all supported phones may take weeks  —  Google surprised everyone when it launched a public beta of the Android Nougat back in March.  Annual updates are nothing new for Android …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Email and file encryption service Virtru, built by ex-NSA engineer, raises $29M Series A led by Bessemer Venture Partners  —  Talk about being at the right place and at the right time.  Following revelations of government spying, data breaches, malicious hacking, identity theft and other online threats …

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Ellen Huet / Bloomberg: Ad tech startup Media.net, which powers contextual ads offered by Yahoo, sells to group of Chinese investors for $900M  —  The startup, which powers contextual ads offered by Yahoo! and Microsoft's Bing, plans a move akin to a reverse merger that would make it a public company in China.

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: Netgear launches Orbi WiFi multi-unit router to cover whole home, starting at $399.99  —  For as long as there have been Wi-Fi routers, setting up Wi-Fi has been pretty much the same.  You buy a router at the store, plug it into your modem, and that's it.  Wi-Fi may even be built into your modem in the first place.

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Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note: Amazon Echo stands out as antithetical to the typical cheap consumer electronics IoT approach amid industry missteps  —  In the mythical Land of Theory, where everything ‘just works’, we can connect all the objects in our lives.  We have the sensors, the wireless networks, and the computing power …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Microsoft acquires A.I. scheduling service Genee, will shut it down on September 1  —  Microsoft today announced the acquisition of Genee, an artificial-intelligence-powered scheduling service.  The company is planning to integrate the intelligence technology into Office 365 and shut down the Genee service on September 1, 2016.

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David Ingram / Reuters: New Massachusetts law will impose 20¢ fee per trip on ride-hailing apps such as Uber until 2026, 5¢ of which will pay for taxi subsidies until 2021  —  Massachusetts is preparing to levy a 5-cent fee per trip on ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft and spend the money …

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Ben Ratliff / New York Times: Bandcamp, the online music site known for its equitable treatment of artists, is one of the greatest underground-culture bazaars of our time  —  A lesser-known artist you love makes a new recording — say, the hip-hop group Clipping or the Chicago punk band Mace or the electronic composer Kaitlin Aurelia Smith.

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Fast Company: Apple acquired personal health data startup Gliimpse, which lets users collect, personalize, and share a picture of their health data, earlier this year  —  In the last three years, Gliimpse has built a secure platform where consumers can manage and share their own medical records and info.

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Reuters: Source: Samsung to launch refurbished smartphone program as early as next year in an effort to boost revenue, fight off mid-tier competitors  —  Samsung Electronics Co Ltd plans to launch a program to sell refurbished used versions of its premium smartphones as early as next year …

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Brett Scott / The Long and Short: Inside the war for cashless society, pushed by the likes of Visa and PayPal, which will leave many without bank accounts behind  —  Long  —  Banks, governments, credit card companies and fintech evangelists all want us to believe a cashless future is inevitable and good.

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Dennis K. Berman / Wall Street Journal: Kobe Bryant and Jeff Stibel launch $100M venture capital fund based in Los Angeles, to invest in tech, media, and data companies  —  The retired NBA star and his partner today will unveil their vehicle for investing in technology, media and data companies  —  Meet Kobe Bryant, venture capitalist.

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Conor Dougherty / New York Times: How San Francisco's tech business is spilling over into other metro areas across the US, based on job growth  —  PHOENIX — Three years ago, Kate Rogers was caught in the Bay Area struggle.  She paid the astronomical rents.  She did the crushing commute.  She lived the frustration …

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Takashi Mochizuki / Wall Street Journal: Sources: Sony to debut a new PlayStation 4 standard model alongside a high-end version on September 7  —  Japanese tech company to introduce a standard and high-end version of the console next month  —  TOKYO— Sony Corp. plans to introduce a new PlayStation 4 standard model alongside …

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Adrienne Lafrance / Nieman Reports: The blurring of lines between media and tech firms, Silicon Valley's culture of secrecy, and a lack of skepticism and resources make tech reporting difficult  —  With the lines between media firms and tech firms blurring, coverage of the tech sector presents one of the most profound accountability challenges in modern journalism

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Mitch Prothero / BuzzFeed: Belgian officials asked NSA for help in snooping on bulk cellphone metadata from a terrorist's funeral, which helped in catching Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam  —  A breakthrough in the four-month-long manhunt for key suspect in the Paris attacks only came when Belgian officials asked the NSA for assistance …

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Dave McClure / 500 Hats: Expect more non-tech public companies to buy tech unicorns as a hedge against disruption  —  Yeah, There's a Bubble... But it Ain't in Tech … Everybody in the press loves to write stories about the next “Tech Bubble”.  —  Of course, they all think they've seen this movie before—twice in fact, in 2000 and in 2008.

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Matt Weinberger / Business Insider: Microsoft's Panos Panay on the evolution of Surface, from the failure of the first model with Windows RT to the trendsetting Surface Pro 4 tablet-laptop hybrid  —  On May 20, 2014, Satya Nadella — the recently appointed CEO of Microsoft — sat down next to Microsoft Surface boss Panos Panay in a packed New York City auditorium.

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Wall Street Journal: Sources: Chinese selfie app-maker Meitu files for IPO in Hong Kong, aims to raise between $500M and $1B  —  Offering will test market's competitiveness for coming Chinese startup IPOs  —  HONG KONG—One of China's most popular “selfie” app makers is preparing to raise up to $1 billion through …

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Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal: Ransomware attacks have quadrupled from a year ago, averaging 4K per day, and increasingly target entire networks, not just personal computers  —  Digital currency, better software help hackers hold data hostage  —  Dave Winston, crew chief with Circle Sport-Leavine Family Racing, fell victim to a ransomware attack.

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Bloomberg: How a Lending Club user mined the company's data to uncover shady loans made to Lending Club insiders and repeat borrowers  —  Photographer: Don Emmert/AFP via Getty Images  —  “You ready to see some crazy s**t?”  —  Bryan Sims and I were sitting in the dining room of his modest home in Portland …

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