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Ina Fried / Re/code: Nextbit shifting from mobile software and services to hardware, plans to launch Android phone  —  Nextbit Shifts to Become a Phone Maker (Exclusive)  —  While many phone makers are looking to move into software and services, startup Nextbit is moving in the other direction.

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Dan Seifert / The Verge: Samsung hosting Unpacked event Aug. 13; Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus likely to be detailed  —  Samsung to host Unpacked event on August 13th  —  Samsung today officially announced its next major product launch event, which will take place in New York on August 13th.

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Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch: Restaurant Delivery Startup Deliveroo Raises $70M Series C  —  Deliveroo, the ‘on-demand’ startup that offers food delivery from premium restaurants that don't traditionally offer a take-out service, appears to be on somewhat of a roll.  It was just two months ago that the company announced …

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eMarketer and Newsroom Posts: Instagram should bring in $595M in mobile ad revenues this year, reach $2.81B in 2017  —  Instagram Mobile Ad Revenues to Reach $2.81 Billion Worldwide in 2017  —  Instagram will surpass Google, Twitter in US mobile display ad revenues by 2017  —  Instagram will bring in $595 million …

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Lauren Walker / Newsweek: NSA says it will stop accessing historical metadata collected under Section 215 of the Patriot Act on Nov. 29  —  NSA to Stop Accessing ‘Historical Metadata’ on Nov. 29  —  On November 29, 2015, the National Security Agency (NSA) will stop accessing “historical metadata” …

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Owen Williams / The Next Web: Now any mobile network can sign up to Facebook's Internet.org  —  A year after Internet.org launched for the first time in Zambia, Facebook has announced that the service is scaling up.  —  Internet.org provides free internet access to basic websites in developing countries.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Google changes AdSense, DoubleClick policies, will require all publishers from Sept. 30 to get consent from European Union visitors to use cookies  —  Google AdSense Publishers Must Now Obtain EU Visitors' Consent Before Collecting Data  —  Google has announced a change to its user consent policy …

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Ed Bott / ZDNet: Microsoft releases tool to hide or block unwanted Windows 10 updates  —  Windows 10 testers who've complained about mandatory updates in Microsoft's new operating system might have a solution at hand.  The tool, available as an optional download, lets you hide or block any update for Windows or a hardware driver.

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Lauren Johnson / Adweek: Pandora opens Sponsored Listening to all advertisers; users can watch 15+ seconds of video or rich media ad in exchange for 1 hour of uninterrupted music  —  All Brands Can Now Buy Hour-Long Sponsored Listening on Pandora  —  Pandora listeners are about to get a lot more free music—if they agree to watch ads.

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Ben Fox Rubin / CNET: eBay Now rapid-delivery service is shutting down, as are the company's Motors, Fashion, and Valet mobile apps  —  eBay Now rapid-delivery service shut down  —  The e-commerce company continues trimming initiatives to focus on its core marketplace, saying Monday it's shuttering some delivery services and several mobile apps.

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Jeff Parsons / Mirror: Facebook's ‘legacy contact’ feature goes live in the UK allowing users to appoint digital heirs  —  Facebook will now let you appoint a digital executor to your social media account for when you pass away 874 Shares Share Tweet +1 Pinterest Earlier this year, Facebook announced it would be creating a feature called “legacy contacts”.

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Gerry Shih / Reuters: Beijing police bust factory that produced over 41K counterfeit iPhones worth $19M  —  Beijing police shut down massive iPhone counterfeiting operation  —  Police in Beijing have busted a factory that produced more than 41,000 fake iPhones worth as much as 120 million yuan ($19 million) …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Google is dropping its Google+ requirement across all products, starting with YouTube  —  Google has finally announced the Google+ news that everyone has been waiting for: your Google+ profile will no longer be your identity in all Google products.  This change will be trickling out …

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Razer confirms acquisition of Ouya's software, tech and dev teams in an all-cash deal as co-founder and CEO Julie Uhrman leaves the gaming console startup  —  Razer Confirms Acquisition Of Ouya's Software, Tech And Dev Teams In All-Cash Deal  —  After raising funds at a $1 billion valuation …

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Michael Mimoso / Threatpost: Unpatched phones with Android 2.2 Froyo or later can be hacked via a single unopened MMS due to vulnerability in native Stagefright media playback engine  —  Android Stagefright Flaws Put 950 Million Devices at Risk  —  Vulnerabilities discovered in the Stagefright media playback engine …

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Mike Masnick / Techdirt: Smoking Gun: MPAA Emails Reveal Plan To Run Anti-Google Smear Campaign Via Today Show And WSJ  —  If you talk to the reporters who work for various big media companies, they insist that they have true editorial independence from the business side of their companies.

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Alexandra Wexler / Wall Street Journal: Vodafone and MTN strike interconnectivity deal for mobile money remittances between their networks in East and Central Africa  —  Africa Makes Leap in Cross-Border Mobile Payments  —  New partnerships aimed at getting a bigger slice of the $48 billion Africans sent and received last year

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Josephine Wolff / The Atlantic: How the Secret Service Internet Threat Desk deals with online threats to President Obama  —  How the Secret Service Protects Obama on the Internet  —  When President Obama launched his Twitter account in May, people noticed his rapid accumulation of followers, a silly back-and-forth with President Clinton …

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Jamie Rigg / Engadget: Ubuntu Phone review: years in the making, but still not consumer-ready  —  The smartphone arena is dominated by two operating systems.  Gartner's latest figures show that during the first three months of 2015, iOS and Android devices accounted for almost 97 percent of global smartphone sales.

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Samsung unveils the first monitor that can wirelessly charge your phone  —  Ladies and gentlemen, we finally have a monitor that isn't just about more screen, more pixels, and more visuals.  Samsung today unveiled the SE370, and claims it's the first monitor with an integrated wireless charging function for mobile devices.

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Kyle VanHemert / Wired: Jewelbots programmable bluetooth friendship bracelet aims to inspire young girls to code, passes Kickstarter goal  —  Somehow Teen Girls Get the Coolest Wearable Out There  —  Jewelbots are bracelets with programmable plastic flowers made for middle-school girls.

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Kurt Wagner / Re/code: DraftKings Raises $300 Million, Promises to Spend Much of It With Fox Sports  —  Attention sports fans: Prepare to see a lot more DraftKings advertising over the next few years.  —  DraftKings, one of the top daily fantasy sports companies, has raised $300 million in new funding led by 21st Century Fox's Fox Sports unit.

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Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal: Apple Watch to be sold at Best Buy stores and online starting August 7  —  Apple Watch to Be Sold at Best Buy  —  One month after Apple Inc. started selling Apple Watch at its own stores, the company said it will bring the device to Best Buy stores in August.

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Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal: YouTube offers money and help to top creators to ward off online video rivals like Facebook  —  YouTube Creates Stars.  Can It Keep Them?  —  At VidCon, Google battles with Facebook and startups to woo ‘MyCupcakeAddiction’ and other popular online video creators  —  YouTube created a new kind of celebrity.

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Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica: Researches create a faster Tor alternative for anonymous Internet use called HORNET  —  Researchers claim they've developed a better, faster Tor  —  HORNET, a high-speed onion routing network, could be deployed on routers as part of the Internet.  —  Tor, the world's largest and most well-known …

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