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Kara Swisher / Recode: Dropbox CFO Vanessa Wittman leaving due to health reasons, her deputy Ajay Vashee to take over on September 1  —  Vanessa Wittman will be replaced by Ajay Vashee.  —  Dropbox CFO Vanessa Wittman is stepping down due to what the San Francisco-based storage company described as “health reasons.”

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Financial Times: Vevo is seeking to raise up to $500M, hired Goldman Sachs for help  —  Vevo, the online music video service owned by the world's largest record labels, has hired Goldman Sachs to secure up to $500m of capital from new investors, according to three people briefed on the plans.

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David Shepardson / Reuters: AT&T, Alphabet, Apple, Verizon, Comcast, others form “Robocall Strike Force” that will work with FCC to combat robocalls  —  The chief executive of AT&T (T.N) will announce Friday that 33 companies including the telecom giant, Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), Apple Inc (AAPL.O) …

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Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal: Sources: Pandora nears licensing deals with major record companies for on-demand streaming; $10 per month would give subscribers unlimited access to tracks  —  The internet radio service is aiming to start offering new paid tiers as soon as next month  —  Pandora Media Inc. is aiming …

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Kia Kokalitcheva / Fortune: CellSavers raises $15M Series A to expand its on-demand mobile device repair service  —  It finally happened: You cracked your new iPhone's screen—accidentally, of course.  Since your smartphone is effectively an extra appendage, you need to get it fixed as soon as possible.  —  And you do.

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Sam Biddle / The Intercept: Snowden documents confirm malware dump leaked by hacking group is authentic NSA software, and that it was used to attack systems in Pakistan and Lebanon  —  On Monday, a hacking group calling itself the “ShadowBrokers” announced an auction for what it claimed were “cyber weapons” made by the NSA.

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Matt Weinberger / Business Insider: Atlassian's HipChat desktop apps get group video chat and screen sharing  —  Atlassian's popular workplace chat app HipChat, used by companies like Uber and Expedia, is getting team video chatting and screen sharing, starting today.  —  It might seem small, but it speaks to a big trend in tech.

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Biz Carson / Business Insider: Kalanick on self-driving cars as an existential threat, Uber's response to that threat, and how the number of human drivers will go up in the foreseeable future  —  Travis Kalanick has to get Uber's bet on self-driving cars right.  —  “It starts with understanding that the world …

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Nat Levy / GeekWire: Smart thermostat startup ecobee raises $35M from Amazon's Alexa Fund, Thomvest, and Relay Ventures  —  Smart thermostat maker ecobee Thursday announced it has closed a funding round totaling $35 million from Amazon's Alexa Fund, Thomvest and Relay Ventures.

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Brian Solomon / Forbes: As not enough drivers opt in, Lyft “pauses” its Carpool service and reassigns engineers to other projects  —  In March, ridesharing startup Lyft announced a new option for commuters in the Bay Area.  Drivers using Lyft Carpool could earn up to $10 per ride on their normal commute …

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Reuters: California district court rejects Uber's proposed $100M settlement with drivers as neither fair nor adequate  —  A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected a proposed class action settlement in a lawsuit brought by Uber Technologies Inc drivers who claimed they were employees entitled to expenses.

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Microsoft open sources PowerShell, brings it to Linux and OS X  —  Microsoft today announced that it is open sourcing PowerShell and bringing it to Linux and OS X.  —  PowerShell is Microsoft's command line shell for Windows power users, as well as an extensible scripting language for automating system tasks.

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Dave Lee / BBC: US to hand over control of the Domain Naming System to the nonprofit organization ICANN on October 1  —  The US has confirmed it is finally ready to cede power of the internet's naming system, ending the almost 20-year process to hand over a crucial part of the internet's governance.

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Casey Newton / The Verge: Yik Yak pivots away from anonymity, makes user handles mandatory, adds expiring status messages, feed of nearby users, and more  —  In March, the college-centric social network Yik Yak took a step away from its origins in anonymity by asking users to create “handles” that they could optionally attach to their posts.

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Sydney Ember / New York Times: The New York Times will retire its NYT Now app starting the week of August 29; at its peak in May 2015, the app had 334K total unique users  —  In early 2014, The New York Times introduced an app called NYT Now that would provide a curated list of stories — for a lower price …

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Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed: Twitter rolls out quality filter setting to all, letting users filter “lower-quality content” from notifications, but it may not stop targeted non-spam abuse  —  Today, Twitter announced two product features that seem intended to help users handle abuse on the platform.

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J.K. Trotter / Gawker: Gawker.com announces it will shut down next week, after nearly 14 years of operation  —  After nearly fourteen years of operation, Gawker.com will be shutting down next week.  The decision to close Gawker comes days after Univision successfully bid $135 million for Gawker Media's six other websites …

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg: Sources: Apple planned to add cellular data to Watch this year but is delaying the feature due to battery life concerns; new models launching this year have GPS  —  Battery concerns delay versions with integrated cellular data  —  Models coming this fall improve health tracking with GPS chip

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Jonathan M. Gitlin / Ars Technica: Uber and Volvo partner on $300M program to develop fully autonomous vehicles by 2021  —  The people of Pittsburgh will ride for free in the autonomous XC90 SUVs.  —  On Monday, the Ford Motor Company made news with the announcement that it will build a fleet of self-driving ride-share vehicles.

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Emil Leong / The Twitter Blog: Twitter rolls out its quality filter setting to all, letting users filter “lower-quality content” like duplicate tweets from notifications  —  We're introducing some new features that will give you more control over what you see and who you interact with on Twitter, rolling out to everyone in the coming days.

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Wall Street Journal: Facebook's efforts to improve its diversity numbers aren't working despite multiple recruiter incentives, such as extra points for hiring minorities  —  Despite recruiter incentives, the company has made little progress addressing the persistent problem  —  Two years ago, Facebook Inc. offered …

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Katie Benner / New York Times: Twitter says it has suspended 235K accounts since February for promoting terrorism, bringing total to 360K since mid-2015  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter suspended 235,000 accounts that promoted terrorism over the last six months, as part of a continuing effort to keep people from using …

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Cromwell Schubarth / Silicon Valley Business Journal: Uber acquires self-driving truck startup Otto; report says if targets are met, the deal would be worth around $680M  —  Uber is reportedly paying more than $680 million to buy a self-driving truck startup launched earlier this year by a team of ex-Googlers in San Francisco.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Facebook is building its own Steam-style desktop gaming platform with Unity  —  Facebook may try to compete with Steam, or at least win back revenue lost when casual gaming shifted to mobile.  Today Facebook formally announced it's working with game engine Unity to build a dedicated …

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Todd Bishop / GeekWire: T-Mobile launches $70 plan with unlimited high-speed data, $25 for HD video, available starting September 6  —  T-Mobile will shift to a single wireless plan offering unlimited data — a surprise move that the company's CEO, John Legere, says he doesn't believe rivals Verizon and AT&T will be able to match.

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