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Bill Steele / Cornell Chronicle: Robo Brain, a repository of information mined from the internet, for robots to draw on  —  ‘Robo Brain’ mines the Internet to teach robots  —  To serve as helpers in our homes, offices and factories, robots will need to understand how the world works and how the humans around them behave.

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Peter Bright / Ars Technica: Microsoft cuts Surface 2 price by $100, hinting at successor or discontinuation  —  Surface 2 prices slashed, hinting at discontinuation or replacement  —  Microsoft has cut $100 off the price of its Surface 2 Windows RT tablets.  This puts the cheapest 32GB unit at $349, the 64GB unit at $449 …

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The Verge: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Virtual Reality  —  In the wake of Facebook's purchase of Oculus VR, can this revolutionary technology triumph anew?

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Ryan Mac / Forbes: Amazon Pounces On Twitch After Google Balks Due To Antitrust Concerns  —  One technology giant's loss is another's gain.  —  In May, Variety first reported that Google was in talks to acquire video game streaming company Twitch for more than $1 billion.  Three months later …

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Brandon Chester / AnandTech: LG details its G3 Stylus smartphone: 5.5 inch display, 1.3GHz quad-core processor, to debut at IFA  —  LG Reveals Details About the G3 Stylus Debuting at IFA  —  The IFA trade show is scheduled to take place a couple of weeks from now, but LG is already giving details about their upcoming LG G3 Stylus ahead of the event.

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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch: Tribune Hires M-GO Boss John Batter To Run Gracenote, As Digital Head Shashi Seth Departs  —  It's been a crazy year for video and audio metadata company Gracenote.  In late December its parent company Sony announced the business would be sold to media conglomerate Tribune.

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GSMArena.com: HTC confirms Desire 820 to pack 64-bit Snapdragon 615 chipset  —  64-bit smartphones are already a reality with the iPhone 5s while several manufacturers are competing to be the first to bring a 64-bit Android to market.  HTC might claim that title with the mid-range Desire 820.

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Mike Cassidy / SiliconBeat: Newegg testing same-day delivery to parts of Los Angeles  —  Same-day delivery derby heats up with Newegg's entry  —  Electronics and gamer-gear retailer Newegg is the latest e-commerce player to join the same-day delivery derby, announcing today that it would roll out same-day service to parts of Los Angeles.

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Tom Dotan / The Information: Facebook to challenge Google's dominance in online ads, revitalizing Atlas with “demand-side platform” for automated bidding  —  Facebook Assault on Google's DoubleClick Coming This Fall  —  Few people thought much of Atlas when Facebook acquired the advertising technology company from Microsoft last year.

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Richard Nieva / CNET: Calif. governor signs smartphone ‘kill switch’ bill  —  Law requires security software to come enabled by default, but other than that, not much will change for most smartphone users.  —  State Sen. Mark Leno and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon introduced the California “kill switch” bill in February.

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Ben Popper / The Verge: Amazon wants to get into gaming, Twitch needs a partner to support growth  —  Why it makes sense for Amazon to buy Twitch  —  Jeff Bezos want to get into gaming and can offer Twitch the infrastructure and licensing it needs to grow globally  —  Today came the surprising news …

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Joshua Brustein / Businessweek: Why Amazon wants Twitch: advertising, owning video content people like and engage with  —  Why Amazon Is Paying $1 Billion to Help People Watch Video Games  —  For months Twitch, the video game streaming service, was supposedly putting the finishing touches on a deal with Google.

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Dennis Keohane / BetaBoston: HubSpot files for $100 million IPO  —  Today, HubSpot, the Cambridge-based inbound marketing company, filed the much-awaited plans for its initial public offering.  —  The company aims to raise $100 million through the offering to expand its business, according to the filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Amazon.com: Amazon acquiring Twitch for $970M in cash  —  Amazon.com to Acquire Twitch  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Twitch Interactive, Inc., the leading live video platform for gamers.  In July, more than 55 million unique visitors viewed …

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Reuters: Sony says PlayStation network back online, user information safe after attack  —  (Reuters) - Sony Corp's (6758.T) PlayStation Network was back online on Monday following a cyber attack that took it down over the weekend, which coincided with a bomb scare on a commercial flight carrying a top Sony executive in the United States.

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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch: DraftKings Raises Another $41M And Acquires Daily Fantasy Sports Competitor StarStreet  —  Fantasy sports startup DraftKings has raised another $41 million in funding led by The Raine Group.  The company is also announcing that it's acquired competitor StarStreet to capture an even larger portion of the daily fantasy sports market.

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Kellex / Droid Life: This is the New Motorola Skip, a Full-Blown Key Fob That Keeps Your Phone Unlocked When Near  —  Last year, along with the launch of the Moto X, Motorola introduced an accessory called the Skip (our review).  The Skip was an attachable NFC clip that would allow you to skip the unlock PIN or pattern on your device with a simple touch.

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Wall Street Journal: Huawei CEO: Tizen has “no chance”, and we're putting new Windows Phone releases “on hold”  —  Huawei Is Shaking Up the Smartphone Market  —  Richard Yu, head of Chinese firm's consumer business group, talks about competing against Samsung and Apple.

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: VMware Partners With Docker, Pivotal And Google To Bring Container Support To Its Platform  —  VMware today announced that it is partnering with Docker, Google and Pivotal to bring support for Docker containers to its platform.  In addition, the company said that it will work …

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Abhijeet M. / SamMobile: EXCLUSIVE: Samsung working on circular Gear smartwatch, SIM-enabled Gear coming with Galaxy Note 4  —  We've known for some time that Samsung is working on various new wearables, including a Gear smartwatch with cellular connectivity and the Gear VR, a virtual reality headset.

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Li-Wei Lee / Google Drive Blog: Google releases new Slides app for iOS, updates Sheets and Docs with offline and direct Office file editing  —  Your iPhone & iPad are ready to get to work with new apps for Docs, Sheets, & Slides  —  You suddenly remember you need to add “buy milk” to your grocery list, but don't have a pen or paper in sight.

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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal: Amazon to Buy Video Site Twitch for More Than $1 Billion  —  Amazon has agreed to acquire Twitch, a live-streaming service for videogame players, for more than $1 billion, according to a person who has been briefed on the matter.

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Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept: NSA providing 850B communications records to 23 US agencies with a Google-like search engine  —  The Surveillance Engine: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google  —  The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a “Google-like” …

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Facebook: Facebook will reduce “click-baiting” headlines and links shared in photo captions in News Feed  —  News Feed FYI: Click-baiting  —  Today we're announcing some improvements to News Feed to help people find the posts and links from publishers that are most interesting and relevant …

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Eric P. Newcomer / The Information: Amazon has been in late-stage talks to acquire video game streaming site Twitch  —  Amazon Nears Deal to Acquire Twitch  —  Amazon.com has been in late-stage talks to acquire video site Twitch, according to two people familiar with the matter, after reports that Google had virtually sealed a deal to acquire the site for $1 billion.

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