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Benedict Evans: As tech platforms experiment with TV content, a look at how corporations controlling music and ebooks lost their strategic value to tech companies  —  People in tech and media have been saying that ‘content is king’ for a long time - perhaps since the VHS/Betamax battle of the early 1980s, and perhaps longer.

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Lucia Moses / Digiday: Publishers like Hearst, Bustle, TechCrunch, BBC News, and Mic are shifting their enthusiasm from Snapchat to Instagram  —  Hearst's Kate Lewis can easily rattle off the company's Instagram stats.  Half the company's brands have more than 1 million followers.  Harper's Bazaar has 3 million.

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John Mannes / TechCrunch: Jefferies report says IBM's Watson investment will struggle to return value to shareholders, points to IBM's failed partnership with MD Anderson to show why  —  IBM's Watson unit is receiving heat today in the form of a scathing equity research report from Jefferies' James Kisner.

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Maria Armental / Wall Street Journal: Ruby Corp., Ashley Madison's parent company, says it will pay $11.2M to some US users in data-breach class action suit, won't admit wrongdoing  —  Ruby Corp. to pay $11.2 million to compensate losses to some U.S. customers, won't admit wrongdoing  —  The parent of website Ashley Madison …

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Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge: iFixit teardown confirms Note 7 Fan Edition is just a Note 7 with a new, smaller battery  —  Like a phoenix from the ashes, Samsung's ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 has emerged from the fires of its battery woes reborn as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition, a refurbished Note 7 that, hopefully, won't explode.

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Bloomberg: The Segwit2x proposal for Bitcoin, which moves some data outside the main network, isn't supported by 15% of miners, could lead to Bitcoin split if not forced  —  New proposal SegWit2x aims for compromise ahead of Aug. 1  —  Failure to agree could lead to bitcoin splitting into two

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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac: Apple removing VPN-based ad blockers for third-party apps from the App Store, rejects AdBlock iOS update, says only Safari content blockers are allowed  —  Update: When reached for clarification, Apple said “This is not a new guideline.  We have never allowed apps on the App Store …

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Chris Davies / SlashGear: Disney unveils Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, which combines a Lenovo-made mobile AR headset and a smartphone app to allow users to play games including holochess  —  Disney has teased what Star Wars fans have long been demanding: an augmented reality game that allows you to wield your own lightsaber.

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Globes Online: Deep Instinct raises $32M Series B from NVIDIA, others for its deep learning cybersecurity software that works on devices and does not require cloud connection  —  The Tel Aviv based startup says it is the first company to apply deep learning to cybersecurity.

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Steve Kovach / Business Insider: Essential's VP of marketing, Brian Wallace, and head of communication, Andy Fouché, have both left the company recently before it has launched a product  —  Essential, the startup helmed by Android creator Andy Rubin, has lost one of its top executives, just over a month after it announced its first major product.

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Brian Reigh / Android Authority: Microsoft promises improvements after backlash over Skype's Snapchat-esque redesign on Android and iOS, to restore native sharing and the status icon  —  Ever since Microsoft radically redesigned Skype to look more like Snapchat, the video chatting app's rating has plummeted to an average of just 1 star in some regions.

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Nina Xiang / China Money Network: Chinese computer vision startup SenseTime completes multi-stage Series B after raising a total of $410M, says it is now valued at $1.47B  —  Chinese artificial intelligence start-up SenseTime has completed a US$410 million series B round, in what the company calls the largest private financing …

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Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed: US tech firms censoring products in India to avoid offending socially conservative users, receiving bad PR, and controversy, but alienating some liberals  —  For a Bollywood movie, Gaurav Dhingra's Angry Indian Goddesses was decidedly un-Bollywood.  There were no song-and-dance sequences …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Facebook adds Explore Feed under More menu in app, as it keeps testing a second customized feed from sources people haven't followed yet  —  Earlier this year, Facebook was spotted testing a new type of News Feed - one that designed to help you discover content across the social network …

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Business Insider: Source: Snap had acquisition talks with AdRoll, which is borderline profitable and on pace for $300M 2017 revenue; Snap actively looking at other ad tech firms  —  Snapchat is shopping for ad tech companies to help bolster its appeal to marketers, a process that led the company …

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Marc Schneider / Billboard: Warner Music Group acquires core assets of concert discovery platform Songkick, including website and app, but not ticketing functions  —  Warner Music Group has acquired many of the core assets of concert discovery platform Songkick, including its website and app, along with the trademark.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: BetterWorks and CEO sued by ex-employee for alleged sexually suggestive assault  —  Beatrice Kim is suing her former employer BetterWorks and its CEO Kris Duggan for allegedly assaulting her in a sexual manner during a company retreat.  The lawsuit also implicates the performance management software startup …

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Bloomberg: Sources: Benchmark, other Uber shareholders have discussed selling some shares to SoftBank; Benchmark initiated the effort to sell stock before the CEO's ouster  —  Uber Technologies Inc. shareholders and its board, led by early backer Benchmark, have discussed selling some of their shares …

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Stan Higgins / CoinDesk: Decentralized blockchain project Tezos raises $232M in its ICO  —  The Tezos blockchain project has completed its initial coin offering, or ICO, bringing in a record-smashing $232m-worth of bitcoin and ether.  —  At close, Tezos had netted 65,536 BTC (worth roughly $156m at current prices) and 360,686 ETH (worth about $76m).

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Wall Street Journal: OpenGov, a small startup partly owned by the Kushner family through Thrive Capital, got a seat alongside tech giants at White House roundtable in June  —  Venture-capital firm run by Kushner's brother partly owns OpenGov, whose CEO last month attended summit with Donald Trump, leaders of Apple, Amazon, Microsoft

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Taylor Soper / GeekWire: Home interior design AR app Hutch raises $10M Series A led by Zillow  —  Zillow Group is not only a leading online real estate portal, but now the company can call itself an investor, too.  —  The Seattle-based online real estate powerhouse announced Wednesday that it is the lead investor …

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Avery Hartmans / Business Insider: Micro-investing app Stash raises $40M Series C led by Coatue Management, source says at $240M valuation  —  Brandon Krieg, cofounder and CEO of Stash.  —  Brandon Krieg spent more than 15 years working as a trader on Wall Street.  But he left his career for the startup world after being asked …

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Wall Street Journal: Sources: dark web market AlphaBay shut down by law enforcement in US, Canada, and Thailand; one of alleged operators was arrested, later found hanged in prison  —  Site allegedly sold counterfeit credit cards, illegal drugs  —  An online marketplace that sold illegal goods on the so-called Dark Web …

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Matthew Hughes / The Next Web: Facebook tests a built-in animated GIF creator in the camera section of its iOS app, which lets you add GIFs to your Facebook story or post them on your profile  —  No matter if you pronounce it Gif or Jif, I think we call all get behind the addition of a new GIF mode in the Facebook camera.

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Nathan Ingraham / Engadget: Google Play Music's New Release Radio, previously an exclusive for Samsung users, now available to all; station is based on users' listening history  —  Google has officially announced New Release Radio, a station on Google Play Music that provides users with a daily selection of new songs …

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