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Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch: Two-person broadcasts, waiting rooms for viewers, and live broadcasts with filters via MSQRD coming to Facebook Live soon  —  Today at VidCon Facebook pre-announced three new big product updates for Facebook Live, their live-streaming platform built into Facebook.

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Ken Yeung / VentureBeat: Twilio stock closes at $28.53, jumping more than 90% in first day of trading  —  Twilio (TWLO) ended its first day as a public company with a bang.  Shares in the cloud communication company rose more than 90 percent to close at $28.53, a feat that beat analyst expectations and comes …

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Alyson Shontell / Tech Insider: Cadre raised $68M over the past year and a half from Peter Thiel, Jack Ma, Yuri Milner, others for its real estate trading platform for high-wealth individuals  —  A few miles east of Manhattan, in Astoria Queens, a suite of residential buildings that house millennials and retail stores was recently purchased for $60 million.

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John Mannes / TechCrunch: French startup Sevenhugs raises $14.6M Series A for its sleep tracker and universal smart-remote that work with connected home devices  —  French startup Sevenhugs closed a $14.6 million Series A today led by Xerys on a quest to better integrate smart home technology.

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Ken Yeung / VentureBeat: Nest starts selling select Works With Nest products like Philips Hue in its Nest Store  —  Nest has taken another step to showcase its ability to be a platform by opening up its store to third-party products built off of its “Works with Nest” program.  While there are more than 100 supported products …

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: Instagram will start recommending video channels in Explore section  —  Next time you're looking for something to watch on Instagram, you might have better luck: Instagram is rolling out an update to its Explore section so that it'll start recommending video collections it thinks you'll be interested in.

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Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet: Comcast, Alarm.com acquire and split up IoT firm Icontrol; Alarm.com to pay $140M for Connect and Piper interactive security and home automation business units  —  The main business Comcast is acquiring is Icontrol's Converge software platform, which currently powers the Xfinity Home touch-screen panel and back-end servers.

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: Google and Udacity launch an Android Basics course for novice coders, which costs $199/month and features input from Google experts  —  Online education company Udacity has partnered with Google to introduce a new course covering the basics of Android programming.

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Nathan Ingraham / Engadget: BitTorrent Now ad-supported music and video streaming service launches on Android, with iOS and Apple TV apps coming soon  —  Chances are good that most people still think of BitTorrent as a tool to pirate the latest Game of Thrones episode — but for several years now …

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Ivan Levingston / CNBC: Twilio stock opens at $23.99, 60% above its $15 IPO price  —  Twilio began trading Thursday on the NYSE under the ticker symbol TWLO, entering the market on a day filled with uncertainty as the world awaits the outcome of the UK's referendum on its EU membership.

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: FTC fines InMobi, a Singapore-based mobile ad firm, $950K for collecting location data of users without consent  —  InMobi ad network, which reaches more than 1 billion devices, settles FTC charges.  —  A mobile advertising company that tracked the locations of hundreds of millions …

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Michael Corkery / New York Times: Major US banks increasingly using fingerprints and eye/voice scans for passwords to avoid data breaches  —  The banking password may be about to expire — forever.  —  Some of the nation's largest banks, acknowledging that traditional passwords are either too cumbersome or no longer secure …

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Laura Shin / Forbes: Circle, a blockchain-based payment service, raises $60M series D from IDG, Baidu, others, amid China expansion  —  Circle, an international peer-to-peer payments company using the Bitcoin blockchain or network, is betting big on China.  —  In Beijing Thursday, the Boston-based startup announces …

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Kurt Wagner / Recode: Twitter has sold 60% of its NFL ad packages, which a source says range from $2M to $8M; packages include in-game local ad spots, pre-roll ads, Periscope streams  —  Twitter is pitching its NFL ad inventory .  —  Twitter paid $10 million back in April for the right to stream 10 of the NFL's Thursday Night Football games.

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Hadas Gold / Politico: C-SPAN broadcasts Periscope and Facebook streams after its feed gets cut during US House protest over gun legislation  —  That was definitely not your father's C-SPAN.  —  Wednesday's dramatic protest on the House floor over gun control was a powerful reminder of how dramatically …

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Dave Mark / The Loop: Apple says unencrypting kernel cache in iOS 10 was deliberate, doesn't contain user info, optimizes performance without compromising security  —  Earlier today, we posted a link to an MIT Technology Review article, which stated, in part:  —  Some security experts who inspected that new version of iOS got a big surprise.

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Corrie Driebusch / Wall Street Journal: Twilio prices IPO at $15 a share, above previously set range of $12 to $14, raising $150M; will begin trading Thursday on NYSE under ticker TWLO  —  Technology company IPO priced above previous range  —  Twilio Inc. raised more than it expected in its initial public offering …

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Mark Bergen / Recode: Google Fiber to acquire Webpass, an ISP that focuses on apartment complexes and businesses, serves San Francisco, Miami, Boston, Chicago, and San Diego  —  Deal gives the Alphabet unit a foothold in apartments and businesses.  —  To take on the big internet service providers, Google Fiber is scooping up a small one.

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Abner Li / 9to5Google: Samsung rebrands Milk VR as Samsung VR, gives users option to upload user-generated content; company prices Gear 360 VR camera at $350  —  Samsung is renaming its Milk VR service and turning it into an “end-to-end VR ecosystem” where users can upload their 360-degree videos.

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Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed: Analysis of Uber data finds drivers make $13.17/hr in Denver, $10.75 in Houston, and $8.77 in Detroit, after expenses  —  Uber says that its drivers are as much its customers as its passengers are, and that its ride-hail platform is a path to personal freedom and financial independence.

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Lauren Thomas / CNBC: Twilio prices IPO at $15 a share, above range of $12 to $14; will begin trading Thursday on NYSE under ticker TWLO  —  Twilio priced its IPO at $15 per share, above the range of $12 to $14 that the cloud software developer proposed in an updated IPO prospectus last week.

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Jordan Novet / VentureBeat: Red Hat acquires API management company 3scale, will open-source the code  —  Red Hat today announced that it's acquiring 3scale, a company with software for managing the use of application programming interfaces (APIs) that companies can expose for other developers to use.

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Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica: macOS Sierra in detail: changes to Messages, Safari and other native apps; Continuity, Siri, iCloud Drive, Apple Watch unlocking, Gatekeeper, more  —  Siri ushers in a range of updates that refine but don't transform the Mac.  —  When Apple runs through its operating system announcements at WWDC …

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Zack Whittaker / ZDNet: Senate narrowly fails to pass plan allowing FBI to access browser history, email info, more without warrant; Mitch McConnell submits motion to reconsider vote  —  Lawmakers couldn't get the required majority to advance the bill.  —  An amendment designed to allow the government warrantless access …

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Wall Street Journal: Tech companies worry that Britain leaving the EU could negatively affect European tech policy, data handling, and hiring  —  Differing national attitudes to regulation color firms' views on doing business after a possible fracture  —  Microsoft Corp. was for a decade pursued …

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