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Tony Romm / Politico: Tech giants and rights groups urge the Department of Homeland Security to scrap proposal asking US visitors for their social media accounts  —  Internet giants including Google, Facebook and Twitter slammed the Obama administration on Monday for a proposal that would seek to weed …

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Nick Denton / Gawker: Nick Denton's farewell post, detailing the rise and fall of Gawker, as the site shuts down today  —  Gawker.com is shutting down today, Monday 22nd August, 2016, some 13 years after it began and two days before the end of my forties.  It is the end of an era.

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Peter Kafka / Recode: Sources: Amazon hopes to launch unlimited, ad-free, $4-$5/month Echo-only music streaming service in September, has yet to finalize deals with labels  —  Spotify, Apple Music and everyone else cost $10 a month.  Amazon wants to charge half of that.  —  Amazon wants to launch …

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Rita El Khoury / Android Police: A detailed look at Google Allo's incognito chat feature, which has Snapchat-like expiring messages, private notifications, and crypto key identity management  —  The nice graphic you see above is the background of all your incognito conversations on Google Allo.

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Taylor Soper / GeekWire: Tableau Software hires Amazon vet Adam Selipsky as CEO, its first new CEO since it launched 14 years ago; co-founder Christian Chabot stays as chairman  —  For the first time since it launched nearly 14 years ago, Tableau Software has a new leader.  —  The Seattle-based data analytics …

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Monica Nickelsburg / GeekWire: Tableau Software hires Amazon vet Adam Selipsky as CEO, its first new CEO since it launched 14 years ago; co-founder Christian Chabot stays as chairman  —  Over the weekend, Amazon facilitated test drives for prospective Hyundai buyers in an unorthodox move for the Seattle-based tech giant.

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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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