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Charlie Osborne / ZDNet: Amazon's deal to acquire Twitch for $970M is now complete  —  Amazon completes acquisition of Twitch  —  Summary: Amazon has sealed the deal on Twitch, a game-streaming service the company says is an “awesome” cultural fit.  —  Amazon's acquisition of Twitch is complete …

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Reuters: Uber ban upheld by courts in Berlin and Hamburg  —  German courts uphold ban on Uber ride-share service  —  (Reuters) - Courts in Berlin and Hamburg upheld bans on online transportation service Uber on Friday, saying the company did not comply with German laws on the carriage of passengers.

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Carmel DeAmicis / Gigaom: Ello investor, co-founder: Funding or not, we hate ads and we want to “shift values”  —  How will the popular new social network maintain its ad-free philosophy if it's pressured to bring in venture level returns?  —  The fairy-tale phase didn't last very long for new social media network darling Ello.

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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac: Apps with HealthKit integration start appearing in App Store following iOS 8.0.2 fixes  —  After a series of botched updates, which meant HealthKit apps could not launch alongside iOS 8's release, Apple has finally started allowing apps that integrate with the Health app into the App Store.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Pinterest To Launch New Ad Targeting And Conversion Tracking Features  —  Pinterest may still be a relatively young social network, compared to rivals like Facebook and Twitter, but its advertising products are quickly catching up to the rest of the market.  The company recently quietly announced …

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Lisa Eadicicco / Business Insider: Google now requires Android device makers like Samsung to pre-install and prominently display up to 20 Google apps  —  Confidential Documents Reveal How Google Is Trying To Limit Samsung's Control Of Android  —  When it comes to Android devices, it's common for various phone makers to put …

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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web: Yahoo plans to close Yahoo Education, Qwiki and Directory next quarter  —  Yahoo today announced it is closing three more products: Yahoo Education, Qwiki, and Directory.  The company says the decision is part of a broader strategy to focus on its more successful projects.

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Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider: Activist investor Starboard buys stake in Yahoo, urges Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer to merge with AOL  —  Activist Shareholders Go After Yahoo, Tell Marissa Mayer To Buy AOL  —  Activist investor Starboard has sent a letter to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer urging her to combine Yahoo's business with AOL's.

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Johana Bhuiyan / BuzzFeed: Discounted UberX Fares Are Now Permanent In NYC  —  In spite of ongoing protests against what was introduced as a temporary summer fare cut, Uber announced the less-than-taxi UberX fares are here to stay.  —  Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters  —  This morning Uber announced that its 20% discount …

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Emil Protalinski / The Next Web: Thom Yorke releases album via BitTorrent Bundle with free single and video, $6 album  —  BitTorrent adds paygate option to its direct-to-fan publishing platform Bundle, will take a 10% cut after fees  —  BitTorrent today announced it is adding a new paygate feature to BitTorrent Bundle …

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Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal: Slack aquires two-person bootstrapped startup Spaces, for collaborative document editing, has 60K paid users  —  Slack Buys a Collaboration Tool in First Acquisition  —  Workplace collaboration startup Slack has made its first acquisition as it prepares to compete more directly with software giants like Google and Microsoft .

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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica: Samsung has more employees than Google, Apple, and Microsoft combined  —  Samsung loves “big.”  Its phones are big, its advertising budget is big, and as you'll see below, its employee headcount is really big, too.  Samsung has more employees than Apple, Google, and Microsoft combined.

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Roger Cheng / CNET: BlackBerry CEO: 200,000 Passports ordered since launch  —  The device is already sold out on its own website and Amazon.  —  The BlackBerry Passport is off to a decent start.  —  The unusually shaped smartphone garnered 200,000 orders since its launch on Wednesday, according to CEO John Chen.

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CNBC: BlackBerry reports smaller than expected loss of $207M in Q2, revenue fell 42% to $916M below expectations  —  BlackBerry posts narrower quarterly loss; shares rise  —  BlackBerry reported a smaller quarterly loss on Friday in an early sign that its drawn-out turnaround efforts might be working.

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The Moscow Times: Russia Asks Facebook, Google, Twitter to Comply With Law on Data Storage  —  Russia's media watchdog has sent notifications to Google, Facebook and Twitter, demanding they register as “organizers of information distribution” under a law that experts say paves the way for banning the few remaining platforms of free speech in the country.

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Andy Weir / Neowin: Surface Pro 3 cleared for take-off, with FAA/EASA Electronic Flight Bag approval  —  Microsoft's popular and highly-regarded Surface Pro 3 could well be soaring to new heights soon, as the company has announced that the tablet has qualified for authorization to be used as an Electronic Flight Bag …

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Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land: Dear News Corp & Google: An Open Letter On Their Open Letters To Each Other Over Competition  —  Last week, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp sent an open letter to the European Union outlining competition concerns it has about Google.  This week, Google has fired back with its own open letter addressed to Murdoch.

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Rene Ritchie / iMore: Apple: OS X safe from Bash exploit unless users configured advanced Unix services, fix coming  —  Apple comments on ‘Shellshock’ exploit, working quickly to provide OS X software update  —  0Apple is aware of the recently discovered bash exploit, nicknamed Shellshock …

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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily: Intel Takes $1.5B, 20% Stake in China's Tsinghua, To Market Intel Chips with Spreadtrum  —  Confirming speculation yesterday morning by Chinese media and social networking outfit Tencent, chip giant Intel (INTC) said early Friday morning it will invest $1.5 billion for a 20% stake …

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Sarah Buhr / TechCrunch: Eventbrite Now Has An All-In-One App For Event Organizers Called Neon  —  Eventbrite's new Neon, launching in the app store today, combines the functionality of both its organizer side apps At the Door and Entry Manager into one single smartphone app.  —  Eventbrite has been working on making …

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Joan Lowy / Associated Press: FAA's upcoming traffic control system, NextGen, not designed to handle drones  —  Drones left out of air traffic plans … WASHINGTON (AP) — Designers of the ambitious U.S. air traffic control system of the future neglected to take drones into account, raising questions about whether …

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CJ Arlotta / Talkin' Cloud: Docker Adds Top Language Stacks to Docker Hub Registry for Developers  —  New partner program enables ISVs, technology partners to maintain their own stacks  —  The San Francisco-based open source platform company this week said it has added the 11 most searched for programming language stacks …

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San Francisco Chronicle: LA and SF district attorneys threaten Uber and Lyft with new legal action, say they're operating illegally  —  S.F., L.A. threaten Uber, Lyft, Sidecar with legal action  —  A black SUV bearing the distinctive “U” logo of the Uber ride-sharing service takes the transit lane on Geary Street …

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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac: Apple kicks off iPhone 6 sales in 20 more countries starting w/ New Zealand  —  NZ carrier Spark offers customers life-sized cardboard emoji characters to reserve their spot in line for iPhone 6  —  Apple's second wave of iPhone 6 sales has just kicked off with customers in New Zealand getting access …

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Ben Grubb / Sydney Morning Herald: Australian Senate clears law enabling Internet monitoring, jail for disclosing classified info  —  Terror laws clear Senate, enabling entire Australian web to be monitored and whistleblowers to be jailed  —  Australian spies will soon have the power to monitor the entire Australian internet …

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