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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal: Snapchat hires former Mattel finance executive Drew Vollero as VP of finance and acting CFO  —  Snapchat Names Former Mattel Executive Drew Vollero Its Finance Chief  —  Snapchat Inc. finally hired someone to run its finances, naming Drew Vollero, a former executive at toy maker Mattel Inc. …

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Dan Ackerman / CNET: Apple releases Logic Pro X 10.2 with Alchemy synth support in free update for Logic Pro owners  —  Apple updates Logic Pro X music program with a powerful new synth and an Apple Music tie-in  —  The second major update to Logic Pro X in 2015 adds the well-known Alchemy synth and the ability to publish directly to Apple Music Connect.

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IDC: Worldwide Smartphone Growth Expected to Slow to 10.4% in 2015, Down From 27.5% Growth in 2014, According to IDC  —  According to a new mobile phone forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone shipments are expected to grow 10.4% in 2015 to 1.44 billion units.

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VentureBeat: Germany's highest appeals court rules Apple's “slide to unlock” touchscreen patents are invalid, reaffirming the 2013 decision  —  Top German court rejects Apple touchscreen patent appeal  —  (Reuters) - Apple patents covering the “slide to unlock” feature on smartphones are invalid …

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Johanna Beyenbach / Etsy News Blog: Etsy Local lets iOS and Android users find nearby Etsy items, sellers, and select retailers  —  Shop in Your Backyard with Etsy Local, Now on Mobile  —  Etsy is an online platform, but it is also a network of offline communities around the world, from Etsy Teams, to craft fairs, to wholesale retailers.

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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica: YouTube Gaming launches Wednesday on iOS, Android, and web to compete with Twitch  —  YouTube Gaming—Google's Twitch.tv competitor—launches tomorrow  —  Twitch.tv finally gets some real competition in the game live streaming market.  —  One year and one day after Google lost Twitch.tv to Amazon, YouTube Gaming is going public.

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Russell Brandom / The Verge: Uber will partner with University of Arizona for self-driving car research  —  Uber is setting up a new self-driving car project at the University of Arizona, according to an email sent out today to university employees.  The new project will focus on self-driving car technology …

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Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch: YouTube Gaming, Its Twitch Competitor, Set To Launch Tomorrow  —  Back in June, YouTube announced that it would be getting into the gaming game and launch its own Twitch competitor called YouTube Gaming.  Tomorrow will be that day, we've learned.  —  The site sits at https://gaming.youtube.com.

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: Amazon launches Prime Now with one- and two-hour alcohol delivery in Seattle  —  Amazon Will Bring You Booze in One Hour, Starting in Seattle  —  Finally, a really good reason to use Amazon's one-hour delivery service.  —  The e-commerce company has started to offer one- and two-hour delivery of beer …

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica: VMWare updates Fusion and Workstation with graphics boost, support for Windows 10, Cortana, and El Capitan  —  VMware brings Windows 10 and graphics boost to Fusion and Workstation  —  Virtualization software upgraded, but you might have to watch out for bugs.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Facebook's New Moments App Now Automatically Creates Music Videos From Your Photos  —  Facebook Moments, the social network's recently launched photo-sharing app that aims to address the problem of getting friends to send each other the photos they've been hoarding on their own phones, is expanding to video.

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Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg Business: Man pleads guilty to sending over 27M unsolicited messages through Facebook in 2008 and 2009, could face up to three years in prison and a $250K fine  —  Facebook ‘Spam King’ Guilty for Sending 27 Million Messages  —  A Las Vegas man pleaded guilty to sending more than 27 million unsolicited …

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Tom Maxwell / 9to5Google: Google Map Maker reopens in 45 more countries including the US  —  Google Map Maker, the tool which allows anyone around the world to contribute information to Google's worldwide map, has re-opened in 45 countries after going live again in 6 countries two weeks ago.

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Matt Weinberger / Business Insider: Add to Slack button lets users easily install Slack integrations, share content from other services to Slack  —  Slack's plan for world domination takes an important step forward  —  Enterprise chat app Slack has two killer features: Its user-friendly design, and the ability to customize …

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Mario Trujillo / The Hill: Gogo's new antenna technology gets FAA clearance, can purportedly offer 20x faster inflight Wi-Fi; seven airlines have signed up to deploy the technology  —  Gogo promises faster inflight Wi-Fi after FAA clearance  —  The inflight Wi-Fi company Gogo is promising a faster connection …

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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch: Airbnb will collect tourist tax in Paris, its largest market with over 50K listings, starting from October 1  —  Airbnb Gets Tourist Tax D'Accord In Paris, Its Largest Market  —  Airbnb has announced it will begin collecting tourist tax in Paris, the most popular city for home sharing on its platform …

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M. Alex Johnson / NBC News: Ashley Madison faces at least five suits seeking class action status; one asks for $500M in damages, the others have anonymous plaintiffs, unspecified damages  —  Ashley Madison Faces Multiple Suits Seeking More Than a Half-Billion Dollars  —  At least five lawsuits seeking class-action status …

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Sky News: Russia lifts Wikipedia ban after briefly blocking site for article about drugs  —  Russia Quickly Cancels Wikipedia Ban  —  The homepage of the Russian version of Wikipedia  —  Russia has cancelled a ban on the Russian-language version of Wikipedia after it caused controversy among internet users in the country.

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Phil Wahba / Fortune: Best Buy beats quarterly earnings expectations, plans to expand Apple Watch availability to all 1,050 stores by October, start selling AppleCare  —  Best Buy deepens links to Apple, says watch has been a smash hit  —  Best Buy BBY continued its remarkable turnaround last quarter, with a big assist from Apple AAPL .

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Ron Miller / TechCrunch: Big Data Vendor BlueData Announces $20M Round And Intel Partnership  —  BlueData, a company that helps customers generate virtualized big data clusters, announced a $20 million Series C round and a partnership with Intel today.  —  Intel Capital led the round.

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Joan E. Solsman / CNET: Tunein adds $8/month Premium subscription with access to over 40K audiobooks, 600 ad-free music stations, and live MLB broadcasts  —  TuneIn takes the ads out of your on-the-go real radio  —  TuneIn, long the Internet's main spot for AM/FM radio, adds an $8 subscription that swaps commercials …

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Andrew Brust / ZDNet: Hortonworks introduces DataFlow, acquires Apache NiFi-backer Onyara  —  Hortonworks is betting big on Apache NiFi, acquiring Onyara, the commercial entity behind it, and releasing DataFlow, a separate subscription alongside the Hadoop-based Hortonworks Data Platform.

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Ron Miller / TechCrunch: Salesforce Lightning Ushers In New Design For Core CRM Product  —  Salesforce.com lifted the curtain on Salesforce Lightning today, the completely redesigned version of its core CRM product.  As is often the case with Salesforce, the announcement included several pieces.

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Se Young Lee / Reuters: SK Hynix to spend $26 billion for two new South Korea chip plants  —  SK Hynix Inc, the world's No. 2 DRAM chip maker, on Tuesday said it plans to spend 31 trillion won ($25.94 billion) to build two new chip plants in South Korea, aiming to update its production technologies to boost competitiveness.

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David Ruddock / Android Police: Tests show it is easy to insert Galaxy Note 5's S Pen backwards; doing so may damage device's stylus detection mechanism  —  [Video] Probable Note 5 Design Flaw Can Cause S Pen To Break Pen Detection When Inserted Backward, Or Get Hopelessly Stuck  —  We try not be hyperbolic here at Android Police …

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