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Ariha Setalvad / The Verge: Facebook is testing out LinkedIn-style profile tags  —  Facebook seems to be taking a cue from LinkedIn and is early in the process of testing a new feature — profile tags.  —  Verge reader Luke M. alerted us to Facebook's new profile tags feature, and the company confirmed it was testing …

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Brian Steinberg / Variety: CBS Will Live-Stream Super Bowl Ads In Big Move For Media Industry  —  TV's most memorable and most-watched commercials will no longer be relegated to the TV set.  —  For nearly half a century, the only way for the average consumer to see all the glitzy commercials that accompanied …

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Katrina Brooker / Bloomberg Business: How Goldman Sachs Became a Tech-Investing Powerhouse  —  “They weren't coming just to get wasted,” says Mel Cavaricci—aka DJ Mel—recalling the crowd milling in front of his sound table at a party in March.  It was at the height of the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) conference, held in Austin, Texas.

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Sarah Kessler / Fast Company: Vine is less about users sharing life moments, more about content creators using it to entertain viewers  —  Vine's Quiet, Stealthy Pivot  —  The video app is no longer all about sharing.  “It's more like the entertainment industry,” Jason Mante, Vine's head of UX, tells us.

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Tony Romm / Politico: How a federal agency mishandled $3.5B of stimulus money to expand rural broadband coverage and failed to deliver  —  Wired to fail  —  How a little known agency mishandled several billion dollars of stimulus money trying to expand broadband coverage to rural communities.

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Ritsuko Ando / Reuters: Nintendo swings to first-quarter operating profit on strong figurine sales, weak yen  —  Japan's Nintendo Co Ltd on Wednesday booked a profit for the April-June quarter, defying market expectations for a loss due to a weaker yen and strong sales of its “amiibo” figurines which are sold as accessories to its popular games.

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: Qualcomm has developed wireless charging tech for phones with metal rear cases, compatible with its Rezence standard  —  Qualcomm says it can now wirelessly charge metal phones  —  The best phones around are increasingly being made with metal bodies and frames, which has posed an issue for wireless charging.

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: LG Posts Slim $206M Profit In Q2 2015 As Smartphone Shipments Slip To 14.1M  —  Korea's LG shipped a (then) record 14.5 million smartphones in the second quarter of 2014, but now, a year later, it's a different story.  The firm just revealed its Q2 2015 financials and, while not as disastrous as HTC …

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Alex Rosenblat / Motherboard: Study shows that Uber's app for passengers doesn't reliably show the exact locations of drivers, likely as a side-effect of forecasting supply  —  Uber's Phantom Cabs  —  When Heather*, a driver who has been working for Uber for about eight months, opened up the passenger app a few weeks ago …

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Peter Bright / Ars Technica: Review: Windows 10 is the best version yet—once the bugs get fixed  —  Your very own personal assistant, a better browser... and something called the Start menu.  —  I'm more conflicted about Windows 10 than I have been about any previous version of Windows.

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Terry Myerson / Windows Blog: Windows 10 Free Upgrade Available in 190 Countries Today  —  When we first unveiled Windows 10 in September, we outlined our plans for a new era of Windows.  We wanted to create a Windows that empowered people and organizations to do great things.  Our vision was one platform, one store …

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Yuliya Chernova / Wall Street Journal: Expensify launches venture arm for strategic investments in business travel, payments, and finance startups using part of their recently raised $17M  —  Expensify Launches Venture Arm With Part of $17M New Round  —  One company can't pursue all of the good ideas in its industry …

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Brian Crecente / Polygon: Razer says it will pay what Ouya owes to indie devs  —  Razer will make good on more than $600,000 in funds potentially owed indie developers as part of Ouya's Free the Games initiative, the company's CEO tells Polygon.  —  Only about a quarter of the developers promised matching support …

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Steve Lohr / New York Times: Coding bootcamps to graduate 16K students in 2015, up from 6,740 in 2014, almost one-third as many as all US Computer Science departments  —  As Tech Booms, Workers Turn to Coding for Career Change  —  SAN FRANCISCO — After Paul Minton graduated from college, he worked as a waiter, but always felt he should do more.

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Casey Newton / The Verge: Nokia's Ozo is a 360 degree VR camera for professionals with fast low-res rendering for rapid playback, price expected to be in the mid-five figures  —  Nokia reveals Ozo, a futuristic new camera for filming virtual reality  —  Microsoft bought Nokia's handset business in 2013, two big questions hovered above all.

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Larry Dignan / ZDNet: Citrix aims to simplify, unload GoTo business as CEO retires  —  Citrix's second quarter showed improvement, but the company is evaluating multiple alternatives as it reaches a deal with activist investor Elliott Management.  —  Citrix said it is reviewing plans for its GoTo family of products …

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Sean O'Neill / Tnooz: Investors pour $16M into Tripping, a vacation rental search engine  —  Tripping.com has raised $16 million in Series B financing.  The company also hit an inventory record of more than 5 million property listings.  —  Steadfast Venture Capital, an early-stage investment firm in New York City, led the round.

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Windows 10: fine for laptops but not desktops, OS lacks functionality and apps, best to wait for more features and new machines, expected in fall  —  Review: Goodbye, Windows 8; hello, Windows 10  —  Here's my 'non-reviewer's review' of Windows 10 after using it for a week.

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Ben Popper / The Verge: Amazon unveils a proposal for drone-only airspace that would allow for high-speed delivery  —  Amazon provides new details on its plan for a drone superhighway in the sky  —  When I arrived in San Jose last night, the newspaper on the front desk at the hotel had this headline splashed across …

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Kurt Wagner / Re/code: Twitter added just 2M MAUs in Q2, excluding “SMS Fast Followers”  —  After Adding Just 2 Million Users, Twitter Promises, Again, to Fix Twitter (Liveblog)  —  Twitter added just two million new core users last quarter, but crushed Wall Street revenue estimates when it reported Q2 earnings Tuesday afternoon.

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Fletcher Babb / VentureBeat: Twitter's director of product management Todd Jackson departs for Dropbox, while head of growth Christian Oestlien moves to YouTube  —  Twitter's heads of Growth, Product are gone  —  Just a few minutes into Twitter's quarterly earnings report, we've already seen two major departures.

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Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch: Yelp Drops 14% After Reporting A Profit Miss In Q2 On Stronger-Than-Expected Revenue Of $133.9M  —  Following the bell, Yelp reported its second-quarter financial performance, including revenue of $133.9 million, and a per-share loss of $0.02.  The street had expected Yelp to generate a cent …

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Miguel Helft / Forbes: Dropbox Hires Google, Facebook And Twitter Veteran Todd Jackson As VP Of Product  —  Dropbox has hired Twitter's Todd Jackson to be its first VP of product, filling a critical position as the company attempts to fend off powerful rivals.  —  Jackson's hiring comes days …

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Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch: Twitter reports better-than-expected Q2 revenue of $502M with just 316M MAUs; stock rises more than 4% in after-hours trading  —  Twitter Pops 4% After Reporting Better-Than-Expected Q2 Revenue And Profit Along With Anemic User Growth  —  Update: Twitter shares fell to flat in after-hours trading …

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Twitter IR: Twitter Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results  —  SAN FRANCISCO, California - Twitter, Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2015.  • Q2 revenue of $502 million, up 61% year-over-year, and above the previously forecast range of $470 million to $485 million.

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