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Adnan F. / SamMobile: Samsung offering $100 Google Play credit for those who buy a Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+, or S6 edge after Test Drive promotion and $100 if they trade in iPhone  —  With new iPhones around the corner Samsung sweetens the deal for ‘Test Drive’ customers  —  You might have heard by now that Apple …

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Edith Ramirez / Ars Technica: FTC to hold PrivacyCon in Washington, DC, on January 14 to bring together privacy and security researchers with policymakers  —  Op-Ed: US tech policy needs real tech research behind it, FTC chairwoman says  —  FTC announces PrivacyCon forum to foster more informed policymaking.

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TechCrunch: Mobile Gaming Live-Streaming Service Mobcrush Has Raised Around $10M  —  We've heard from sources that Mobcrush, a live-streaming service centered around mobile games much in the same way Twitch is known for streaming popular eSports desktop games, has raised around $10 million in new financing …

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Mark Bergen / Re/code: Google to app developers: iOS 9 privacy feature that forces HTTPS can break ads, so add an exception to allow ads to be delivered over HTTP  —  Google Tells Developers How to Get Around Apple's New Security Rules So They Can Keep Selling Ads  —  Apple says it cares a lot about privacy.

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Tom Simonite / MIT Technology Review: Q&A with Bitcoin Foundation's chief scientist, Gavin Andresen, on the imminent technical challenges facing Bitcoin  —  The Looming Problem That Could Kill Bitcoin  —  The man who took over stewardship of Bitcoin from its mysterious inventor says the currency is in serious trouble.

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Joseph Menn / Reuters: Uber hires Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, the researchers who hacked into moving Jeeps  —  Uber hiring two security researchers to improve technology: source  —  Private ride service Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] is hiring two top vehicle security researchers as it ramps up its work …

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New York Times: European publishers are actively lobbying to strengthen copyright rules and limit Google's advertising power  —  European Publishers Play Lobbying Role Against Google  —  BERLIN — In private sessions this summer, giant publishers and media companies from Germany, France and elsewhere …

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Grace Caffyn / CoinDesk: Large bitcoin-mining firm BitFury backs BIP 100 block-size proposal, which now has 35% of the network's total hash rate  —  BitFury Backs BIP 100 Blocksize Proposal  —  The best-capitalised mining firm in bitcoin has waded into the block size debate - stating it must be resolved by consensus.

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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch: Vive VR Headset Full Consumer Launch Slips To Q1 2016  —  You wait years and years for virtual reality to become a thing, and then suddenly a truck load of VR headsets pile into the tech hype cycle almost at once (thanks Oculus).  But if you're a consumer wanting to get eyes into this next …

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Micah Singleton / The Verge: Sources: YouTube to launch Music Key and its unnamed video subscription service this year  —  YouTube as you know it is about to change dramatically  —  The way you experience YouTube may be dramatically different before the end of the year.  According to multiple sources …

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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch: Sources: new Apple TV's remote will contain motion sensors on par with a Nintendo Wii remote  —  Apple Is About To Lay Down Its TV Cards  —  Some of us have been waiting for Apple to drop its proverbial hammer on television for what seems like forever.  A company with a strong sense of design …

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Wall Street Journal: British ISIS hacker killed in drone strike amid ISIS' efforts to stop using products that might be trackable, like Apple and Samsung devices, WhatsApp  —  Hacker Killed by Drone Was Islamic State's ‘Secret Weapon’  —  That Islamic State's Junaid Hussain was targeted directly by the U.S …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Chrome will start automatically pausing less important Flash content on September 1  —  Google has been working with Adobe to make Flash content more power-efficient in Chrome.  In March, a setting was introduced to play less Flash content on the page, but it wasn't turned on by default …

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac: Apple to retire One to One Apple Store training program Sept. 28th  —  Apple is planning to retire its long existing One to One training program within Apple Stores on September 28th, according to a memo sent this week to Apple retail employees.  One to One launched in 2007 …

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Janet Van Huysse / The Twitter Blog: Twitter sets diversity goal to increase women overall to 35%, women in tech to 16%, in US: underrepresented minorities overall to 11%, in tech to 9%  —  We're committing to a more diverse Twitter  —  We want the makeup of our company to reflect the vast range of people who use Twitter.

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Julia Fioretti / Reuters: Sources: EU will launch a study of Uber in September to explore whether the company is a transport service or just a digital service  —  To regulate or not to regulate?  EU to launch study on Uber  —  Brussels will launch a study in September of the taxi-hailing app Uber …

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Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed: Google debuts a beta version of its local home services product today in the Bay Area; service professionals prescreened by Google now found directly in search  —  Google's Home Services Product Finally, Officially Launches Today  —  You can find a plumber on Yelp, book a cleaning person on Amazon …

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Ken Yeung / VentureBeat: Obama Administration, Department of Defense team up with Apple, HP, General Motors, Stanford, Boeing, others on Silicon Valley wearable tech hub  —  Obama Administration teams with Apple, HP, Boeing on new wearable tech hub in Silicon Valley  —  The Obama Administration …

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Lawrence Hurley / Reuters: US court of appeals for DC Circuit throws out ruling that would have blocked NSA's phone metadata collection  —  U.S. court rules for government over NSA metadata collection program  —  A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out a judge's ruling that would have blocked the National Security Agency …

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Andrew J. Hawkins / Crain's New York Business: NYC taxi industry has been developing Uber-like smartphone app, Arro, with no surge pricing and integrated with taxi screens, plans launch in a couple of weeks  —  Meet the taxi industry's last, best hope to survive Uber age  —  New smartphone app Arro lets users hail and pay for yellow and green cab rides.

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Adi Robertson / The Verge: Noel Biderman, CEO of Ashley Madison parent company Avid Life Media, steps down  —  Ashley Madison parent company CEO stepping down  —  Noel Biderman, formerly CEO of Ashley Madison parent company Avid Life Media, is stepping down.  Avid Life Media released the news in a short statement this morning.

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Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times: Apple loses Ian Rogers, ex-CEO of Beats Music and architect of the Beats1 radio service, two months after its launch  —  Apple loses key music streaming executive  —  The architect of Apple's online radio strategy has resigned two months after the launch of its Beats1 radio service, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: European payments processor iZettle raises $67M and launches a cash advance service for SMBs  —  European mobile payments processor iZettle has announced a fresh €60 million ($67 million) raise.  The round was led by Intel Capital and Zouk Capital, both existing investors …

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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch: Vine adds music functionality, creates seamless audio looping product Snap To Beat  —  Vine Music  —  Vine, the six-second looping video app from Twitter, has today announced a significant feature update that brings more attention to the audio in users' videos.

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Josh Gordon / Android Developers Blog: Google releases Desktop Head Unit emulator for Android Auto developers to test apps without being connected to a car  —  Announcing the Android Auto Desktop Head Unit  —  Today we're releasing the Desktop Head Unit (DHU), a new testing tool for Android Auto developers.

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