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Devindra Hardawar / Engadget: The new entry-level Kindle is thinner, lighter, still costs $80, has double storage, and comes with Bluetooth audio support  —  The luxurious Kindle Oasis is no longer the new kid on the block.  Amazon just unveiled its new entry-level Kindle device, which is more portable and packs in twice as much storage as the last model.

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David E. Sanger / New York Times: FireEye report finds sharp drop-off in Chinese cyberattacks on US over past two years  —  WASHINGTON — Nine months after President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China agreed to a broad crackdown on cyberespionage aimed at curbing the theft of intellectual property …

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Ben Collins / The Daily Beast: Twitter trolls are outing atheists and pro-LGBT women in repressive regimes  —  In Kuwait, the penalty for blasphemy can be a severe as death.  That's why a new campaign to dox young Kuwaiti women with independent minds is so dangerous.  —  A band of Twitter trolls alleging …

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball: Ditching iPhone headphone jack isn't about thinness, incompatibility with Android, DRM; it's partially about control over headphones through MFi certification  —  Nilay Patel, “Taking the Headphone Jack Off Phones Is User-Hostile and Stupid”: … And let's compare them to arguments …

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Joan E. Solsman / CNET: SoundCloud says it is debuting video ads on mobile in US  —  If you tune into SoundCloud on your mobile device in the U.S., video ads are going to cropping up when you're fiddling with the app  —  SoundCloud is adding video ads, the latest service to roll out the commercial format.

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Zac Hall / 9to5Mac: Sonos adds lock screen control, 3D Touch shortcuts on home screen, split view, more, in iOS update  —  Sonos has released a big update to its Controller app for iPhone and iPad that improves the experience on iOS in several ways.  Because Sonos speakers stream music from services including …

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Windows 10 phones get NFC support as Microsoft rolls out update to Wallet, available to Windows Insiders now, will be generally available late summer  —  Microsoft is starting its rollout of tap-to-pay to certain U.S.-based Windows Insiders; general availability in the U.S. is ‘later this Summer.’

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The Unicode Blog: Unicode 9.0 now available with 7.5K new characters, six new scripts, 72 new emoji, and support for lesser-used languages  —  Version 9.0 of the Unicode Standard is now available.  Version 9.0 adds exactly 7,500 characters, for a total of 128,172 characters.  These additions include six new scripts and 72 new emoji characters.

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Ashley Carman / The Verge: Burner, the disposable phone number service, launches Ghostbot, a bot that autoresponds to unwanted texts to discourage conversations  —  Dating is a bleak, bleak endeavor.  Between seemingly endless swipes, missed IRL connections, and no one being emotionally available, it's dark out there …

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David Katzmaier / CNET: PlayStation Vue live TV service now available on Roku, hits Android devices next week  —  The app for Sony's live TV service, which offers a variety of TV channels nationwide starting at $30 per month, is now available for download on Roku streaming sticks, boxes and TVs, with an Android mobile app coming soon.

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Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review: The kernel of iOS 10 preview released last week was not encrypted, puzzling researchers  —  When Apple announced a new version of its mobile operating system in San Francisco last week, executives boasted of features such as a smarter Siri and improved copy and paste.

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Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet: Adobe reports Q2 net income of $277M, revenue of $1.4B, up 20% YoY, the 9th straight quarter with revenue growth; Creative Cloud revenue up 37% YoY to $755M  —  Adobe is selling a lot more subscriptions to its creative package of software tools.  —  Adobe just reported its ninth straight quarter …

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Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal: Supreme Court upholds USPTO rules that have helped challenge questionable patents  —  Affirms quicker and cheaper procedures for contesting patents in front of Patent Office  —  WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court on Monday blessed new government procedures for challenging patents …

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Nilay Patel / The Verge: Removing headphone jack from phones is something no one is asking for and has serious drawbacks including poor compatibility, accessibility, DRM audio, more  —  Another day, another rumor that Apple is going to ditch the headphone jack on the next iPhone in favor of sending out audio over Lightning.

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Michael Riley / Bloomberg: Sources: Clinton Foundation among organizations breached by suspected Russian hackers, government investigators find  —  Trump, Democratic camps said briefed on effort to steal data  —  Democrats hire security firms to confirm ID of attackers  —  The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation …

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Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch: Reddit's native image hosting available to any SFW subreddit that wants to take advantage of it  —  Expect to see that “heavy load” message a little more often.  —  A couple weeks back, Reddit began providing its own image hosting solution to a handful of subreddits.

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Wall Street Journal: Document lists deals with media firms and celebrities for Facebook Live, totaling $50M+ on nearly 140 contracts; BuzzFeed is highest paid at $3.05M for one year  —  Nearly 140 contracts with video creators total more than $50 million  —  Facebook Inc. is paying an array of media companies …

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The Intercept: FBI has consistently asked companies for more info via NSLs than they are obligated to give, and some firms without legal expertise have complied  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Justice, and technology and Internet companies have been waging a little-known war …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Docker announces private beta of the Docker Store, a new marketplace for containerized software  —  At its developer conference in Seattle, Docker today announced the private beta of the Docker Store, a new marketplace for trusted and validated dockerized software.

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Alex Webb / Bloomberg: Pearl, a startup with 50 Apple alumni, plans slew of devices to retrofit cars to enable latest autonomous driving capabilities, starting with a rear-view camera  —  Pearl Inc. introduces rear-view camera beginning in September  —  Startup plans to offer technology to retrofit current autos

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Janko Roettgers / Variety: Job listing for news director shows BitTorrent is considering launching a “lean” TV news channel, BitTorrent News, in time for fall election  —  BitTorrent is considering the launch of a TV news network for its live streaming service in time for the election this fall, Variety has learned.

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Jordan Novet / VentureBeat: Microsoft brings Docker Datacenter to Azure Marketplace, shows off SQL Server in a Linux container  —  Microsoft today is announcing new capabilities for running applications in containers — an alternative to more traditional virtual machines — both on its Azure public cloud and in companies' on-premises data centers.

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Slack: Slack now lets developers add buttons to their Slack bots, making it easier for users to navigate commands; a dozen apps have already integrated the feature  —  Do more of your work from Slack  —  Imagine getting an expense report in Slack and simply tapping Approve or Deny to change its status.

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Wall Street Journal: Sources: this year's iPhones will deviate little from current models, keeping same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays, but will not have a headphone jack  —  Tech giant plans to break with tradition of overhauling its design every two years; headphone plug likely to disappear

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Ken Yeung / VentureBeat: Yahoo's new iOS app, Yahoo Radar, helps with researching trips to US cities, will use data from user's inbox, more; no plans for Android version  —  Yahoo has launched an application to make it easier for people to plan their next trip.  Called Yahoo Radar, it brings the company's search …

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