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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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Sebastian Anthony / Ars Technica: AMD says Zen CPU will outperform Intel Broadwell-E, delays release to 2017  —  Proper SMT, faster caches, 40% higher IPC.  Does AMD have a monster on its hands?  —  AMD's new Zen CPU architecture has been officially delayed until “early 2017.”  The first Zen chips, which will be produced …

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Max Chafkin / Bloomberg: Uber's First Self-Driving Fleet Arrives in Pittsburgh This Month  —  Near the end of 2014, Uber co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick flew to Pittsburgh on a mission: to hire dozens of the world's experts in autonomous vehicles.  The city is home to Carnegie Mellon University's …

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Juro Osawa / Wall Street Journal: Tencent beats Q2 estimates with net profit up 47% to $1.61B YoY, revenue up 52% to $5.35B, and mobile gaming revenue doubling to $1.4B  —  Operator of WeChat messaging app posts 47% net profit increase in latest quarter  —  HONG KONG— Tencent Holdings Ltd. reported a better-than-expected 47% rise …

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Sarah Jeong / Motherboard: Oracle asks for a new trial, claims Google failed to disclose Android app support for Chrome OS was coming, while arguing that Android isn't used on PCs  —  Oracle is definitely not mad about losing in Oracle v. Google (again).  The multibillion dollar corporation is definitely not beet red …

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Aaron Pressman / Fortune: Intel licensing its chip designs could lead to deals with Apple and others but problems like price remain  —  Intel announced on Tuesday that it had snagged a leading phone maker as one of the first customers for its new service to manufacture mobile computer chips based on designs from ARM Holdings.

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Garett Sloane / Ad Age: Verizon has offered to preinstall marketers' apps on subscribers' Android phones for $1-2 per device, according to ad agency execs  —  Unique Program Guaranteed Downloads, Agency Execs Say  —  Forget bloatware.  Brandware may be the next extraneous app software coming to Verizon customers' smartphones.

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Monica Nickelsburg / GeekWire: Amazon is experimenting with tech teams comprised entirely of part-time employees with full benefits in an effort to shed perceptions of a harsh company culture  —  A new pilot program inside Amazon is creating technical teams consisting entirely of part-time employees — including managers …

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Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes: Cisco And Fortinet Confirm Flaws Exposed By Self-Proclaimed NSA Hackers  —  American firewall companies Cisco and Fortinet have issued warnings and fixes for bugs exposed by the Shadow Brokers, who claimed this weekend to have breached the Equation Group, believed to be an NSA operation.

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Cisco: Cisco announces it will eliminate 5,500 jobs, or 7% of its workforce, beginning this quarter, and reports quarterly revenue of $12.6B, up 2% YoY  —  Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today reported fourth quarter and fiscal year results for the period ended July 30, 2016.

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Dan Richman / GeekWire: Google Cloud Platform releases three enterprise cloud database services from beta: Cloud SQL, Cloud Bigtable, and Cloud Datastore  —  Google Cloud Platform today released three database services from beta, signaling that they're ready for production use.  Cloud SQL, Cloud Bigtable …

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Alex Heath / Business Insider: Snapchat commits to creating 396 new jobs in NYC over the next five years for up to $5M in tax breaks  —  Snapchat is planning to significantly grow its ranks in New York City, the advertising and media capital of the world.  —  The Los Angeles-based startup has agreed to create 396 new jobs …

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Lucian Armasu / Tom's Hardware: Intel unveils next-gen Xeon Phi chips for deep learning; Nvidia says Intel used old benchmarks in marketing; Xeon Phi chips seem to compete on price regardless  —  Intel recently published some Xeon Phi benchmarks, which claimed that its “Many Integrated Core” Phi architecture …

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Intel debuts a silicon photonics module for data centers, which uses a hybrid laser to beam info at 100Gbps across 2km; Microsoft's Azure is an early adopter  —  Intel is launching a new silicon photonics product that will make it a lot easier to hurl data around data centers at tremendous speeds.

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Peter Elstrom / Bloomberg: IDC: Xiaomi quarterly shipments fell in China 38% YoY to 10.5M as Huawei, OPPO, Vivo surge to top spots  —  Apple in fifth place as local vendors fill top 4 positions  —  Vivo shipments surge by 75 percent, OPPO more than doubles  —  Xiaomi Corp., the once-hot Chinese smartphone maker …

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Kurt Wagner / Recode: Instagram starts showing US users suggested videos from live events in the Explore tab; each user will see events tailored to their tastes  —  The photo sharer is getting into event curation again.  —  Instagram really wants to become a video destination.

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google updates its Classroom learning suite with optional lesson summaries for parents, collaborative document annotation, more  —  Google Classroom, the company's platform that brings together Google Apps for Education and a number of tools for managing classes and content …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Amazon launches a dedicated shop for items featured on Product Hunt  —  Amazon has teamed up with Product Hunt - the San Francisco-based startup that helps curate and surface the hottest new apps, websites, gadgets, tech creations, and more - by offering a collection of products for purchase …

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Cherlynn Low / Engadget: Kobo launches 7.8" waterproof Aura One e-reader for $229, with a colored backlight for better nighttime reading  —  Whether you read before bed, in the bathtub, during your commute or at the beach, Kobo wants to be there for you.  The e-reader maker just released the $229 Aura One …

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Mark Haranas / CRN: Sources: Cisco Systems to lay off between 9K to 14K employees, which would be the single largest layoff in its 32-year history  —  Cisco Systems is laying off upward of 14,000 employees, representing nearly 20 percent of the networking giant's global workforce, according to multiple sources close to the company.

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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica: Hands-on with Huawei Honor 8 dual-camera phone featuring 5.2" full HD display, 8-core Kirin 950 SoC, 4GB RAM, available for pre-order in the US starting at $399  —  Huawei's second US-bound “Honor” phone brings another budget flagship option to the table.  —  Huawei might not be well known in the US …

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Tim Peterson / Marketing Land: Pinterest debuts click-to-play, mobile-only video ads  —  Pinterest's click-to-play Promoted Video format is effectively a free add-on to its Cinematic Pin format, but one that comes with its own free add-on.  —  After rolling out a diet version of video ads last year …

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Paul Thurrott / Thurrott.com: HP announces VR-capable OMEN X desktop, OMEN 17 laptop featuring NVIDIA GTX 1000 series GPUs  —  HP continues its assault on the premium PC segment with its most impressive gaming gear yet: A stunning new OMEN X Desktop that is aimed a the Do It Yourself (DIY) crowd, a 17-inch OMEN laptop …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: NVIDIA brings desktop GTX 1000 series GPUs to laptops, says they are VR-ready when on AC power  —  Nvidia first tried its hand at putting desktop-class graphics chips inside a notebook last year, with its Maxwell-based GTX 980.  That was a hint at what the US-based technology company was really working on …

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