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Brian Reigh / Android Authority: Samsung stands behind Galaxy S7 active water resistance certification, despite Consumer Reports tests, will honor warranty for water-damaged phones  —  Earlier this month, Consumer Reports ran a water-resistance test using two Galaxy S7 Active devices, and neither of the units survived to tell the tale.

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Alex Konrad / Forbes: WiFi Startup Zenreach Emerges From Stealth With $50 Million And Peter Thiel On Its Board  —  Jack Abraham's idea was so simple that for three years, he kept his startup quiet.  On LinkedIn it was simply “new company.”  And he raised $50 million across three rounds of funding without a peep to the press.

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Mark Scott / New York Times: Google is spending almost half a billion dollars by 2017 to remake its image in Europe  —  A yearlong digital training course for Irish high school teachers started in 2014.  A fund to help European news outlets adapt to the web popped up in 2015.  And in March, a virtual reality exhibition began …

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Wall Street Journal: VCs, entrepreneurs are divided over whether they'd accept funding from Saudi Arabia, as tech deals make up a growing percentage of sovereign-wealth portfolios  —  Investment of $3.5 billion in Uber prompts discussion among venture-capitalists, entrepreneurs

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Stephanie Condon / ZDNet: Google says government requests for data reached an all-time high: more than 40K in second half of 2015, with US issuing 12.5K requests affecting 27.1K users  —  Governments from around the globe made 40,677 requests for user data from Google during the last half of 2015.

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Kellex / Droid Life: Samsung Pay now available on Gear S2 smartwatch in US, but only for Bluetooth models and on NFC terminals  —  When Samsung introduced the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic last year, they made it clear that these devices would at some point support Samsung Pay, allowing owners of each device to make mobile payments with their wrists.

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Rachael King / Wall Street Journal: IBM beats expectations as Q2 revenue drops 2.8% to $20.24B, 17th straight quarterly decline  —  Big Blue's revenue has fallen for 17 straight quarters  —  Even as International Business Machines Corp. makes some gains in new strategic areas such as cloud computing and artificial intelligence, its total sales continue to decline.

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Todd Spangler / Variety: Yahoo posts quarterly revenue of $1.3B, up 5% YoY, in line with lowered expectations; Mayer notes success in cutting company costs as bid deadline hits  —  Yahoo, in the midst of final negotiations to sell itself, reported earnings in line with Wall Street's already lowered expectations …

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Janko Roettgers / Variety: Yahoo posts quarterly revenue of $1.3B, up 5% YoY, in line with lowered expectations; Mayer notes success in cutting company costs as bid deadline hits  —  Netflix delivered disappointing subscriber numbers as part of its Q2 2016 earnings release Monday, which showed that the company …

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Harrison Weber / VentureBeat: Netflix Q2: international net subscribers 1.5M versus its forecast of 2M, misses on quarterly revenue with $2.11B; stock down 15%+  —  Netflix now has 83.18 million subscribers after adding just 160,000 subscribers in the U.S. and 1.52 million abroad last quarter, missing the modest expectations it set back in April.

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Nathan McAlone / Business Insider: Netflix Q2: international net subscribers 1.5M versus its forecast of 2M, misses on quarterly revenue with $1.97B; stock down 15%+  —  Netflix missed huge on both domestic and international subscriber additions in its Q2 earnings on Monday.  —  “We are growing, but not as fast as we would like or have been …

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Brad Linder / Liliputing: HP's Elite x3, a 6" Windows 10 Mobile phablet, ships August 29 for $699, $799 with Desk Dock, which lets you use UWP apps on a monitor with keyboard and mouse  —  As expected, HP's Elite x3 smartphone will be available in the US soon.  But it has a somewhat lower starting price than had been anticipated.

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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop: Apple addresses Apple Music song matching, auto-deletion issues with audio fingerprint fix  —  Apple begins rolling out iTunes Match with audio fingerprint to Apple Music subscribers  —  One of the biggest complaints about Apple Music over the past year was that it wouldn't properly match songs subscribers …

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Heather Somerville / Reuters: Uber reaches 2 billion rides six months after hitting its first billion  —  Uber has completed more than 2 billion trips on its app, the company's chief executive said on Monday, a milestone that arrives just weeks after the ride service added another $4.7 billion to its warchest.

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David Ramli / Bloomberg: SoftBank's deal for ARM would be largest Asian takeover of a UK firm; CEO says deal made regardless of Brexit, noting ARM's stock was up 15% since EU referendum  —  Masayoshi Son will get a steady, high-margin cash stream  —  SoftBank to secure a leader in global mobile computing

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Matt Lapsen / Xbox Wire: $399 2TB Xbox One S arrives August 2, release date for other hard drive options to be announced  —  Last month, we revealed a new member of the Xbox One family, the Xbox One S. Today, we're excited to announce that the highly-anticipated 2TB Xbox One S launch edition will begin hitting shelves in select regions on August 2.

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James Phillips / The Official Microsoft Blog: Microsoft debuts free preview of Microsoft Stream, a video sharing service for businesses, which will replace Office 365 Video as the de facto video experience  —  Video is one of the most powerful ways we connect, communicate and learn today - breaking down geographic boundaries and bringing …

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Sam Thielman / Guardian: New lawsuit claims DOJ intentionally conducts inadequate searches for FOIA requests with 21-year-old computer system, refuses to use new $425M Sentinel software  —  A new lawsuit alleges that the US Department of Justice (DoJ) intentionally conducts inadequate searches of its records using …

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Bloomberg: GlaxoSmithKline starts using Apple's ResearchKit for a rheumatoid arthritis study, becoming the first drugmaker to use the framework for clinical research  —  Glaxo is the first drugmaker to use Apple's ResearchKit  —  Success of the trial will determine Glaxo's future adoption

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Kim Nash / Wall Street Journal: IBM launches platform to let companies test using blockchain technology for supply chain record-keeping  —  IBM's new service will help companies experiment with using the online ledger technology to track high-value goods as they move through supply chains.  Among the first users: a firm that tracks diamonds.

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Gwladys Fouche / Reuters: Chinese consortium to acquire Opera's browser and other businesses for $600M, except for ad, marketing, TV, and game-related operations  —  A $1.24 billion agreed takeover of Norwegian online browser and advertising company Opera Software by a Chinese consortium of internet firms has failed …

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Dan Seifert / The Verge: Samsung will announce the Galaxy Note 7 on August 2nd  —  Samsung has today revealed plans for an event on August 2nd in New York City where it will officially announce the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.  The Note 7, which has been rumored for months, is expected to have a dual curved display, much like the existing Galaxy S7 Edge.

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Wall Street Journal: Rocket Internet, known for incubating copycat startups, struggles to find a path to profitability as its stock price hovers at a third of its peak, hit in 2014  —  German tech company has created 100 startups, many of which remain unprofitable  —  BERLIN—In 2011, German tech company Rocket …

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Financial Times: Sources: SoftBank agrees to acquire Arm Holdings for £23.4B at £17 per share, a 43% premium over last week's closing price; announcement expected Monday  —  Japan's SoftBank has agreed to acquire Arm Holdings, the UK's preeminent technology company, for £23.4bn in an enormous bet …

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Matt Turck: VC at FirstMark on the history of NYC tech ecosystem and why he thinks the ecosystem is slowly catching up to the hype and maturing  —  I'm fascinated by tech ecosystems, and the network effects behind them.  I wrote about Berlin (here) and about Paris (here) But of course …

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