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Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg: Uber and Yandex merge ride-sharing services in Russia in a $3.7B JV, in which Yandex will invest $100M for a 59.3% stake, Uber will invest $225M for 36.6% stake  —  Yandex to take controlling stake in new combined venture  —  Deal marks Uber's second major global retreat after China

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Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch: Apple debuts HomeKit smart home experiences in retail stores worldwide to show off controlling various product like the Philips Hue light bulb with Home app  —  Unless you've had a chance to try some Apple HomeKit products in someone's home or apartment, it can be hard to understand how it all works.

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Natalia Scalzaretto / Reuters: Google will allow users to post stories, videos, and photos on Google Earth within the next 2-3 years, says project director Rebecca Moore  —  2 MIN READ  —  RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) wants users to post millions of stories, video and photos on its Google Earth platform …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Sources: morale at SoundCloud sinks after layoffs, with those fired wondering why there was no warning; the firm says it's “fully funded into Q4”  —  A tense scene unfolded yesterday as user-generated, music-streaming service SoundCloud held an all-hands meeting to explain …

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Cory Doctorow / Electronic Frontier Foundation: EFF appeals W3C director Tim Berners-Lee's EME decision, calls for sandbox auditing, auto-generated accessibility metadata, protection for new market entrants  —  On behalf of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, I would like to formally submit our request for an appeal of the Director's decision …

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Dustin Volz / Reuters: US General Services Administration removes Kaspersky Lab from two lists of approved vendors used by government agencies to purchase IT  —  3 MIN READ  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Tuesday removed Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab from two lists of approved vendors used …

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Mark Sullivan / Fast Company: Source: Apple working on rear-facing 3D laser system for new iPhone which will enable better depth detection for AR apps and improved autofocus  —  The addition will make future iPhones far better suited to the AR experiences being created by developers using the ARKit development platform.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Roku hits 15M MAUs, up 43% YoY, has streamed nearly 7B hours during last six months, a 61% increase over 2016  —  The trend towards cord cutting has helped streaming media device maker Roku reach a new milestone, the company announced this morning.  Roku now has 15 million monthly active users across …

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Ryan Whitwam / Android Police: Google Home can now play music uploaded to or purchased from Play Music, not just songs from Google's online catalog  —  Google Home launched with a number of missing features, some of which have been addressed.  Not all of them, though.  You still can't set a reminder …

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John Anon / Android Headlines: Google releases Backup and Sync as a single desktop backup app, eliminating need for individual uploader tools for Google Drive and Google Photos  —  Google has today announced the launch of its new Backup and Sync tool.  This is a feature which is now available for both Windows and Mac …

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: Bitly sells a majority stake to Spectrum Equity for $63M; Spectrum's Pete Jensen and Parag Khandelwal and Bitly CEO Mark Josephson join board of directors  —  Bitly is announcing that it has raised $63 million in additional funding from Spectrum Equity — a deal that gives the growth equity firm a majority stake in Bitly.

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Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic: New tech allows realistic superimposing of people's mouth movements in video, making them appear to say something they didn't, which could be used to deceive  —  The president was seething.  —  His problem was with the press, yes, but also with the technology they used.  Electronic media had changed everything.

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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed: Facebook Is Coming For Meetup, And Meetup Is Ready To Fight  —  When Facebook held its first Communities Summit in Chicago last month, Meetup CEO Scott Heiferman watched attentively from his New York City office.  His browser trained on Facebook's live video stream, Heiferman watched …

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Nick Statt / The Verge: Report: Amazon is considering giving Alexa developers access to transcripts of what people say when their applications are used  —  A substantial shift in Amazon's stance on consumer privacy  —  Amazon is considering granting third-party app developers access to transcripts of audio recordings saved …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Microsoft unveils new Outlook for iOS and Android with quick reply, improved sidebar, and improves search to include attachments, travel plans, deliveries, more  —  Microsoft today unveiled a redesigned version of its popular Outlook mobile app for iOS and Android, which most notably includes …

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Zack Whittaker / ZDNet: 14M+ records of Verizon users who called customer service, including phone numbers, addresses, PINs, were left exposed for over week after telecom was notified  —  Customer records for at least 14 million subscribers, including phone numbers and account PINs, were exposed.

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Jeremy Kahn / Bloomberg: Microsoft launches Microsoft Research AI lab, involving 100+ AI scientists, focused on developing general purpose AI, challenging Google's DeepMind  —  Will move toward developing general-purpose learning systems  —  Also launches AI project for environmental sustainability

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Lauren Thomas / CNBC: Amazon Prime Day drove record levels of Prime sign-ups and sales, with sales growing 60% YoY; the Echo Dot was the most popular purchase among Prime members  —  - Prime Day sales this year surpassed Amazon's Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the e-commerce giant says.

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Ben Schoon / 9to5Google: Google Play Movies adds HDR playback on 4K movies on Chromecast Ultra  —  Google has been a bit slow to fully adopt 4K into Google Play Movies, but things are finally starting to pick up steam.  Following the introduction of 4K content into its library earlier this year, Google is now expanding that to HDR as well.

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Reuters: Google wins challenge against $1.3B French tax bill, with court ruling Google Ireland Limited wasn't subject to corporate and value-added taxes from 2005-2010  —  1 MIN READ  —  PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. internet giant Google (GOOGL.O) on Wednesday won a court challenge against demands …

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Nicole Lee / Engadget: Facebook adds Facebook Live support to its social VR app Spaces, allowing Oculus Rift users to broadcast their VR hangouts on the social network  —  Earlier this year, Facebook launched Spaces, a social VR experience that lets you and your friends interact with each other in virtual reality.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Google acquires Indian AI startup Halli Labs, which was building AI tools to address “old problems and domains”  —  Some more M&A news in the world of artificial intelligence.  Today it was made public that Google has acquired Halli Labs, a very young (its first public appearance …

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Chris Welch / The Verge: Vizio sues financially troubled LeEco over failed merger, alleges only $40M of $100M termination fee was paid, and seeks $60M in damages  —  Vizio says LeEco had already ‘begun to collapse’ when $2 billion deal was announced  —  Vizio has filed two lawsuits against troubled Chinese electronics company LeEco …

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James Vincent / The Verge: Microsoft releases free Seeing AI app on iOS that uses AI to recognize people, objects, and scenes, and narrates the world to blind people  —  Microsoft has released Seeing AI — a smartphone app that uses computer vision to describe the world for the visually impaired.

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Reuters: Apple to set up first data center in China to comply with new cybersecurity laws, is the first foreign firm to announce amendments to its data storage for China  —  3 MIN READ  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Wednesday said it is setting up its first data center in China …

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