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Jordan Novet / CNBC: IBM reports Q2 revenue of $19.29B, down 5% YoY, vs. $19.46B estimated, and gives stronger than expected full-year guidance  —  IBM stock was down 2 percent on Tuesday after it disclosed earnings for the second quarter of the year, falling short of revenue estimates but beating earnings estimates.

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Google rolls out new security warnings for G Suite and Apps Script following May's Google Docs phishing attacks  —  Google today started rolling out new warnings for G Suite and Apps Script to inform users about the potential dangers of new web apps.  The company also plans to expand …

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Katie Roof / TechCrunch: Mobile commerce startup NewStore raises $50M Series B from Activant Capital, General Catalyst, others, to target apparel, lifestyle and luxury categories  —  Demandware founder Stephen Schambach has moved on to his next startup and investors are betting $50 million.

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Chris Welch / The Verge: Snap is now selling its Spectacles on Amazon, at the same $129.99 price  —  Remember when people waited in long lines for them?  —  After introducing them to the world with buzzy, pop-up vending machine drops and then eventually expanding to direct web orders, Snap has begun selling its Spectacles camera glasses through Amazon.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Privitar, which builds tools to ensure privacy in big data analytics, raises $16M Series A led by France's Partech Ventures; Salesforce Ventures among investors  —  As data protection — a set of laws and practices created across different markets to ensure that our sensitive information does …

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Ginny Marvin / Marketing Land: Google Analytics users can now ask natural-language questions about their data  —  With natural language, users can quickly get data without having to dig for it from both desktop and Google Analytics' mobile apps.  —  A little over a year ago, Google teased using natural language to get data from Google Analytics just by asking.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Amazon launches Spark on iOS in US, a feed customized by users who then browse and shop from product images and stories posted by Prime members and sponsors  —  Amazon today is launching Amazon Spark, a new feature aimed at improving product discovery, which is seemingly inspired by Instagram and its use of shoppable photos.

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: Bluetooth SIG releases the specification for Bluetooth Mesh, which allows Bluetooth 4 and 5 devices to communicate in a mesh network  —  Yay, another smart home standard  —  There's a long-running fight between wireless standards to be the one and only to connect all the smart devices in your home.

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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch: Cloud accounting software firm FreshBooks raises $43M Series B led by existing investor Georgian Partners  —  For a decade and a half, FreshBooks has worked to establish itself as one of the most popular accounting software platforms for small businesses and the self-employed around the world.

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Snapchat adds ability to record multiple 10 second Snaps back-to-back, coming first to iOS, as well as Tint Brush for coloring specific objects in Snaps  —  Snapchat has a couple of new features rolling out Tuesday, including the ability to record multiple 10 second Snaps continuously …

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Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal: China's censors ramp up filtering of photo and video messages, disrupting apps like WhatsApp and WeChat following the death of political dissident Liu Xiaobo  —  Internet police step up their ability to filter photos  —  BEIJING—China's already formidable internet censors have demonstrated a new strength …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google announces Transfer Appliance, a new hardware appliance and service for moving up to 480TB from corporate data centers to Google Cloud Platform via FedEx  —  Google today announced the launch of its Transfer Appliance, a new hardware appliance and service for moving large amounts of data …

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Dell Cameron / Gizmodo: Twitter removes 90K accounts after ZeroFOX researchers found botnet, dubbed SIREN, that had pushed out 8.5M posts with links to dating services  —  Last week, Twitter's security team purged nearly 90,000 fake accounts after outside researchers discovered a massive botnet peddling links to fake “dating” and “romance” services.

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Kif Leswing / Business Insider: Mira, which raised $1.5M in seed funding from Sequoia, unveils Prism, a mobile AR headset that reflects your iPhone screen onto a lens, ships this fall for $99  —  Bottom left: COO Matt Stern.  Top Left: CPO Montana Reed.  Top Right: CEO Ben Taft.  Bottom Right: CTO Evan Bovie.

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Kurt Schlosser / GeekWire: Amazon has been selling pre-packaged ‘Meal Kits’ to select Amazon Fresh customers, sending Blue Apron's stock down  —  Amazon's newly-discovered desire to begin offering pre-packaged ingredients for home-cooked meals is already a real thing as a selection of Amazon Meal Kits are available on the company's website.

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Robert Hof / Forbes: Zeta Global acquires Boomtrain, a martech firm that uses machine learning to send personalized notifications to consumers; sources say deal valued at $35M-$40M  —  Zeta Interactive Corp. today said it's buying Boomtrain Inc., a marketing tech startup marketing that uses machine learning …

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: Google publicly launches Hire, a tool to help small and medium-sized businesses manage the job application process, for G Suite users in the US  —  Google is today lifting the lid on a new app designed to help small and medium-sized businesses find and recruit employees more effectively.

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Louis Columbus / Forbes: McKinsey: US firms' AI investments in '16 made up 66% of global total, with China next at 17%; tech firms spent $20B-$30B on AI: 90% on R&D, 10% on acquisitions  —  - Tech giants including Baidu and Google spent between $20B to $30B on AI in 2016, with 90% of this spent on R&D and deployment, and 10% on AI acquisitions.

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Steven Levy / Wired: Google announces Glass Enterprise Edition, which can be used with prescription lenses, has a faster processor and WiFi, an 8MP camera, and better security  —  Don't call Heather Erickson a glasshole.  —  Yes, that's Google Glass on her frames.  But she's not using it to check her Facebook …

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Mark Bergen / Bloomberg: Alphabet's Access CEO Gregory McCray is stepping down after five months as Larry Page reiterates commitment to Google Fiber  —  McCray had replaced Barratt, who stepped down in October 2016  —  Alphabet Inc.'s high-speed internet business is undergoing another shake-up as its leader, Gregory McCray, is stepping down.

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BuzzFeed: How Uber's hard-charging corporate culture left employees drained, according to interviews with over two dozen sources  —  After a highly publicized corporate meltdown this spring, Uber is working to repair a culture employees and observers say is aggressive, cutthroat, and demanding.

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Corbin Davenport / Android Police: Jide discontinues Android-based Remix OS for PCs and promises refunds to Kickstarter backers of its Remix IO/IO+ device  —  There have been plenty of attempts to make Android a desktop operating system, with most of them not being very good.  Jide Technology burst onto the scene …

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Caroline Cakebread / Business Insider: Myspace's account recovery form bug, that let anyone who knew a user's email, full name, birthday, and username gain access, has now been removed  —  You may not have thought much about your Myspace page in a long time, but you might want to give it some thought now.

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Tim Peterson / Marketing Land: Snapchat launches its Snap Publisher self-serve ad creation tool, which can convert horizontal videos and websites into vertical video ads  —  Snap Publisher enables brands to edit a horizontal video into a vertical one or to have have Snapchat's computer vision technology do the work.

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The Drum: Interview with Google's Madhav Chinnappa on the goals of the Digital News Initiative, projects like WikiTribune, and natural-language reporting tool Radar  —  Under fire from several quarters for an array of accusations ranging from monopolistic practices to the dissemination (and even funding) …

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