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Re/code: Q&A with Baidu CEO Robin Li on moving away from desktop search to focus on online-to-offline commerce on mobile, investment in Uber, and more  —  China's Baidu, With Uber in Tow, Takes Search to the Offline World (Q&A)  —  In many ways, Baidu went through the same existential crisis three years ago that Google faces now.

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Lynsey Barber / City A.M.: UK luxury travel deals site Secret Escapes raises $60M Series C for Asia expansion led by Google Ventures, Octopus Investments, with Index, Atlas participating  —  Secret Escapes gets $60m Google Ventures backing for global expansion  —  Secret Escapes plans to become a multi-billion pound business (Source: Secret Escapes/YouTube)

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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica: Android Auto review: A beautiful, but beta alternative to awful OEM solutions  —  The occasional frustration still beats the very low bar set by car manufacturers.  —  Car infotainment systems suck.  Using the touchscreen in a modern vehicle usually feels more like interacting with an ATM …

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Stuart Dredge / Music Ally: Rhapsody and Napster now have over 3M subscribers combined globally, up from 2M a year ago  —  Napster talks 3m paying subscribers, Taylor Swift and Apple Music  —  Streaming music services Rhapsody and Napster now have more than three million subscribers, up from two million a year ago.

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Wall Street Journal: France approves surveillance law that allows government to monitor suspect's communications without warrant, requires ISPs to collect traffic metadata  —  French Constitutional Court Approves New Powers for Intelligence Services  —  Decision clears final hurdle for a law which was accelerated after January terror spree in Paris

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David Morell / Google Webmaster Central Blog: Google+ found that 69% of visits to its app install interstitial on mobile website abandoned the page, 1-day active mobile web users increased 17% after removal  —  Google+: A case study on App Download Interstitials  —  Many mobile sites use promotional app interstitials to encourage users to download their native mobile apps.

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Tom Maxwell / 9to5Google: Chrome 44 for iOS brings beacon-powered Physical Web closer to reality, new gestures  —  The Physical Web is an open source web specification from Google released last year with the aim to make interacting with smart devices in the real world as easy as clicking a link, just as we do on the web.

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Dante D'Orazio / The Verge: Twitter is deleting stolen jokes on copyright grounds  —  Let's face it: coming up with a grade-A tweet isn't easy.  That's why some people just copy good tweets from other people and act like they came up with the 140-character witticism on their own.  This has been going on since the beginning of Twitter.

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Syed Raza Hassan / Reuters: Pakistan to shut down BlackBerry's secure messaging services by Dec. 1 for “security reasons”  —  Pakistan to shut down BlackBerry services by December over ‘security’  —  The Pakistani government plans to shut down BlackBerry Ltd's secure messaging services by Dec. 1 for …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Team behind Delicious releases Dmail, a Chrome extension to make Gmail messages self-destruct  —  Dmail Makes Your Gmail Messages Self-Destruct  —  Have you ever regretted sending an email, and wished you could take it back?  Or maybe you've worried about sending confidential information over email …

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Chuong Nguyen / TechRadar: Dell launching Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet with Windows in the US this month starting at $1,600  —  Dell built the Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet to survive extreme environments  —  IP65-rated and tested with MIL-STD-810G specifications  —  Made for outdoor use in harsh environments …

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Ryan Whitwam / Android Police: Motorola Accidentally Leaks 2015 Moto G Options, Includes Up To 2GB Of RAM And Multiple Colors  —  We all know that a new Moto G is coming very soon, probably at Motorola's “find your match” event on July 27th.  Someone over at Moto HQ must have an itchy trigger finger, though.

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Nathan Donato-Weinstein / bizjournals: Exclusive: Amazon planning drive-up grocery stores with the first likely coming to Sunnyvale — sources  —  For decades, drive-thrus have served up everything from coffee to prescriptions to dry cleaning — not to mention burgers and fries.  Now Amazon.com Inc. wants to add another item to the list: Your groceries.

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Michael McWhertor / Polygon: Nintendo shutting down Wii U TVii service in August  —  Nintendo TVii, the service for Wii U that lets its users find, watch and interact with television content through the console's GamePad controller, is shutting down on Aug. 11, Nintendo announced in a Miiverse post today.

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Laurie Burkitt / Wall Street Journal: China to End Ban on Videogame Consoles  —  Gamers in China have turned to mobile and computer entertainment  —  BEIJING—China will lift a ban on making and selling videogame consoles in the country, paving the way for foreign companies like Sony Corp. and Microsoft Corp. to expand in one of the world's largest videogame markets.

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Slack: Slack now integrates with Google Calendar, allowing users to receive reminders in any channel  —  Google Calendar Reminders Come to Slack  —  As a user of Slack, you're organized, you're on the ball, and you're well connected to your team.  Every once in a while though, something falls through the cracks and you forget a meeting.

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Don Clark / Wall Street Journal: Technicolor to Buy Cisco's Set-Top Box Unit for About $600 Million  —  The deal signals the priorities of Cisco's incoming CEO, who assumes the role on Monday  —  SAN FRANCISCO— Technicolor SA has agreed to buy Cisco Systems Inc.'s TV set-top business for about $600 million …

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Chris Mellor / The Register: Cisco ends Invicta storage hardware line, a business it entered with $415M Whiptail acquisition in 2013  —  How to waste two years and lose $415m: Cisco's now-dead Whiptail deal  —  A sorry story of whipped tales, angst and attrition  —  Exclusive + analysis Cisco has confirmed …

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Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider: Nike, Apple agree to $2.4M settlement in suit over false FuelBand claims, Apple to pay nothing  —  Consumers who purchased a Nike+ FuelBand between 2012 and 2015 might be eligible for a small payment from Nike after the sports brand, alongside co-defendant Apple, agreed to settle …

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Peter Bright / Ars Technica: New patent group threatens to derail 4K HEVC video streaming  —  It's better than H.264, but it's going to cost more than H.264 too.  —  A new industry group called HEVC Advance is threatening to demand royalties for the new HEVC video codec that could halve the bandwidth required …

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Ryan Whitwam / Android Police: New Voicemail Transcription For Google Voice And Project Fi Reduces Errors By 49%  —  Sometimes Google's voicemail transcription is good enough to get the point across, and other times it's a seemingly random collection of words that only make sense when you're under the influence of really great narcotics.

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Bloomberg Business: Airbnb Hires Blackstone's Tosi as CFO of Home-Sharing Network  —  Airbnb Inc. hired Blackstone Group LP's Laurence Tosi as chief financial officer of the home-sharing startup, filling a position left vacant since Andrew Swain departed last year.  —  “L.T.'s expertise in hospitality and finance …

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TechCrunch: Flipboard Confirms New $50M Funding Round From JP Morgan  —  Flipboard has confirmed to us that it has raised $50 million, two days after we first reported that the company had authorized the shares earlier this year.  JP Morgan was the sole investor, the company says.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Yahoo Quietly Acquired Germany's Media Group One For $23M In Q1  —  Yahoo's well-worn acquisition trail to bring tech and talent back into the Internet company has been one of the more notable hallmarks of life under CEO Marissa Mayer.  And while M&A appears to have slowed down significantly in 2015 …

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Maria Armental / Wall Street Journal: US Consumer electronics company Vizio files for IPO with plans to raise up to $172.5M  —  Television-Maker Vizio Files for IPO  —  Best known for its low-priced televisions, Vizio plans to raise up to $172.5 million  —  Vizio Inc., best known for its low-priced televisions …

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