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Tom Warren / The Verge: Windows 10 Anniversary Update brings minor tweaks like improved Windows Ink support, Edge extensions, dark theme and other UI refinements, new Skype app, more  —  In just a few short days, Microsoft will be celebrating Windows 10's first birthday.  It has been a busy year that has seen …

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Ainsley O'Connell / Fast Company: Verizon EVP Walden on reasons for Yahoo deal: need for ad inventory and quick audience growth to fuel media empire ambitions, 600M monthly mobile users, more  —  Verizon EVP Marni Walden explains why Verizon just paid $4.8 billion for Yahoo.  One big reason?  Yahoo's 600 million monthly mobile users.

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Kara Swisher / Recode: Interview with AOL's Tim Armstrong on why he pushed Verizon to buy Yahoo, integration between the companies, and Mayer's probable departure  —  The new majordomo of the combined unit says there's new structure to come  —  Today, in an interview after the deal that everyone knew was coming …

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CBS News: FBI is investigating suspected Russian hack of DNC, which led to an email trove on Wikileaks  —  WASHINGTON — The FBI confirmed Monday that it's investigating the hack involving Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails.  —  “The FBI is investigating a cyber intrusion involving the DNC …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Security-as-a-service startup StackPath nabs $180M, 4 acquisitions including MaxCDN  —  A mass migration of IT services to the cloud, coupled with a huge growth of connected devices, has created a perfect storm for security breaches with some 400 million malware attacks identified last year alone according to IDC.

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Matthias Verbergt / Wall Street Journal: Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg ousted after profit plunge, following layoffs of 8,000 at the firm this year, with plans for more; CFO to take reins as interim CEO  —  Move comes as the Swedish telecom-equipment maker struggles with slowing demand and fierce competition

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Remaining Yahoo to rebrand after sale of assets to Verizon in 2017  —  One asset that Verizon will be getting as part of its $4.83 billion acquisition of Yahoo's core assets, which it did not specifically mention in its big announcement today, is Yahoo's (in)famous brand — main name, purple color and exclamation mark all included.

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Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal: Sources: Apple taps highly regarded hardware executive Bob Mansfield to oversee car project  —  Highly regarded executive helped bring to market many of Apple's signature products  —  Apple Inc. has tapped a highly-regarded senior executive who helped bring to market many of Apple's signature products …

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Susan Decker / Bloomberg: ITC judge invalidates Fitbit's patents in Jawbone lawsuit, cancels the trial set for August  —  Fitbit Inc.'s three patents used in its case against Jawbone Inc. are invalid, a U.S. trade judge said as he canceled an August trial between the rival makers of fitness devices.

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John Cook / GeekWire: Redbox and Coinstar maker Outerwall agrees to $1.6B buyout from private equity firm  —  Outerwall, the Bellevue-based operator of Redbox movie rental kiosks and Coinstar coin counting machines, today announced that it has entered into a deal to be acquired by Apollo Global Management for $52 per share in cash.

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Aaron Back / Wall Street Journal: After announcing deal with Visa, PayPal stock had its biggest single day drop since splitting from eBay, as investors fear increased transaction costs  —  PayPal has gained access to Visa's mobile-payments system but given up a lot in return  —  PayPal has buried the hatchet with Visa, but the peace has come at a great cost.

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Yahoo: Marissa Mayer says she plans to stay at Yahoo, in email to worldwide employees  —  Today is a big day for Yahoo! This is the email that I sent to Yahoos around the world today.  Given the interest around our journey to this point, I wanted to share more about today's announcement.  -Marissa

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Verizon Communications Inc.: Verizon confirms plans to acquire Yahoo's Internet business for $4.83B in cash; deal excludes some IP, stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan  —  Transaction will create a new rival in mobile media technology reaching over 1B users* with an unrivaled roster of the world's most beloved brands

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: German fintech startup Number26 receives EU-wide banking license, rebrands as N26  —  Number26, a Peter Thiel-backed mobile banking startup that's setting out to create the bank account of the future, has finally received its banking license, giving the company full regulatory approval …

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New York Times: Sources: Yahoo to sell core business and land holdings to Verizon for $4.8B, Marissa Mayer to get a $57M severance payout  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo was the front door to the web for an early generation of internet users, and its services still attract a billion visitors a month.

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Wall Street Journal: Huawei reports revenue rose to $36.67B for the first half of the year, up 40% YoY, but operating margins shrank to 12% from 18% in same period of 2015  —  Huawei Technologies grew at a faster pace than last year, when it reported revenue growth of 30% in the first half

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Bloomberg: Nintendo shares fall 15% in early trading in Japan after the company warned on Friday that the financial impact of Pokémon Go will be limited  —  Shares can fall as much as 18 percent today, per exchange rule  —  Nintendo's U.S.-listed shares dropped 11 percent on Friday

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Matthias Verbergt / Wall Street Journal: Spotify launches programmatic ads, lets advertisers target its 70M non-paying users by age, gender, genres, and playlists globally  —  STOCKHOLM—Swedish music-streaming company Spotify AB on Wednesday launched programmatic ad buying for all its markets, allowing advertisers to target …

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Jennifer Maloney / Wall Street Journal: Publishers are pouring more resources into the production of audiobooks after seeing sales grow 21% in the US and Canada in 2015  —  Smartphones and multitasking have stoked an explosion in audiobooks.  Publishers, spotting a juggernaut, are expanding their offerings and enlisting star narrators.

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Cody Toombs / Android Police: Google Maps is rolling out Wi-Fi only mode and mass transit delay notifications to some users  —  A couple of very useful features have started rolling out to a few lucky Google Maps users in the last couple of days.  If you've been following along with our APK Teardowns …

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Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal: Review of $50 Blu R1 HD smartphone subsidized by Amazon with lock screen ads: so-so performance, terrible camera, but works for basic tasks  —  Lock screen ads and an inadequate camera aside, the Blu R1 HD sold by Amazon gets the job done  —  Have we been paying for too much smartphone?

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Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard: Phineas Fisher, the hacker behind the Hacking Team and FinFisher breaches, talks about his motives and views of the hacking tool industry  —  A little bit over a year ago, the normally quiet Twitter account of Hacking Team, an Italian company that sells spying tools to governments all over the world, started acting weird.

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Rose Eveleth / Fusion: Police asked this 3D printing lab to recreate a dead man's fingers to unlock his phone  —  Last month, law enforcement officers showed up at the lab of Anil Jain, a professor at Michigan State University.  Jain wasn't in trouble; the officers wanted his help.

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Marc Schneider / Billboard: Neil Young's Pono music store goes offline for several weeks as it switches from audio provider Omnifone to 7digital  —  Neil Young's PonoMusic digital service is offline following the recent acquisition of Omnifone, up until now the company's sole provider of hi-resolution audio downloads.

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Kara Swisher / Recode: Sources: Yahoo informs others that Verizon has won the bidding process; $5B deal expected to be announced by Monday  —  Verizon and Yahoo are set to announce that they are striking an acquisition deal, according to sources close to the situation.  The news is expected by Monday, although that could come earlier or later.

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