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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Snapchat confirms acquisition of Toronto startup Bitstrips, integrates Bitmojis into app to offer more personalized emoji  —  Snapchat bought Bitstrips, the startup behind Bitmoji, back in March.  The acquisition was worth a reported $100 million, but at the time, how the product would be integrated wasn't clear.

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Nick Statt / The Verge: Twitter now lets anyone request a verified account  —  Twitter is opening the blue checkmark to everyone.  Starting today, the company will let users request a verified account on its website by filling out a form with a verified phone number and email address, a profile photo …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Slack, now with 600 apps on its platform, pours $2M into 14 Slackbot startups via its Slack Fund  —  Slack, the popular messaging app for co-workers to chat, share files and distract each other with GIFs, has taken some major steps forward to establish itself as a wider productivity platform.

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Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal: Music-streaming service Deezer launches to all in the US for $10 per month with 30-day free trial  —  The French company goes up against an array of competitors, including Spotify and Apple Music  —  French music-streaming service Deezer is launching to the masses in the U.S. this week …

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Reuters: Brazilian judge orders phone carriers to block WhatsApp, the third such incident in 8 months  —  A Brazilian judge ordered wireless phone carriers to block access to Facebook Inc's WhatsApp indefinitely, starting on Tuesday, the third such incident against the popular phone messaging app in eight months.

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Sources: Pokémon Go to launch in Japan tomorrow; McDonald's will be the first launch partner, with 3K+ stores set to be sponsored “gym” locations  —  Pokémon Go fever has doubled the value of Nintendo's business, pushing it past Sony in the process.

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Kurt Wagner / Recode: NBA to create two original programs to stream exclusively on Twitter, post more game highlights on the social network and Vine  —  But Twitter isn't getting any game broadcasts.  —  Twitter has secured the rights to stream live video content from the NBA starting next season.

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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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