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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft to open its New York City flagship store this fall  —  Microsoft's first New York City flagship retail store will be opening this fall on Fifth Avenue.  —  Microsoft is going to open its flagship Microsoft Store in New York City on Fifth Avenue this fall.

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Roger Cheng / CNET: Motorola doubles down on Moto X with Style, Play, updates Moto G  —  The Moto X Style will be known as the Pure Edition in the US, and will be sold directly to consumers.  The company says both Moto X smartphones will cost significantly less than other premium devices.

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Chris Velazco / Engadget: ZTE Axon review: powerful, budget-friendly phone, but flaky software, and no expandable memory  —  ZTE Axon review: a powerhouse that punches above its weight  —  A few weeks ago, I got a look at a curious kind of mobile marketing head-fake: A new company called “Axon” …

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Luke Westaway / CNET: Amazon takes Prime Music streaming international with UK launch  —  The online retailer hopes curated playlists at a lower annual price tag will lure Brits away from Apple Music and Spotify.

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Kim Zetter / Wired: Researchers Hack Air-Gapped Computer With Simple Cell Phone  —  The most sensitive work environments, like nuclear power plants, demand the strictest security.  Usually this is achieved by air-gapping computers from the Internet and preventing workers from inserting USB sticks into computers.

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Mehedi Hassan / Microsoft News: Microsoft Arrow Launcher for Android currently in private beta, APK leaks online  —  This is Microsoft's Arrow Launcher for Android (download APK)  —  Microsoft is currently working on a new Android app, and it's an Android launcher.  The company's latest app is Arrow Launcher and it is currently …

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Brad Sams / Neowin: Mac users may be able to access Cortana on OS X with Windows 10 running in the background on next version of Parallels Desktop  —  Want Cortana on your Mac?  Parallels has you covered  —  When Windows 10 arrives next week, it will bring with it Cortana.  The digital personal assistant …

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Luke Plunkett / Kotaku: Steam resolves password-reset exploit that compromised some accounts July 21-25  —  Some Steam Accounts Hijacked Following Security Lapse  —  Over the past week, a number of Steam accounts—including those of some prominent streamers and DOTA 2 pros—were temporarily stolen courtesy of a pretty glaring hole in Valve's security.

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Gus Lubin / Tech Insider: Business Insider launches new tech site, Tech Insider, with original reporting by 30+ journalists on tech, science, innovation, culture  —  Welcome to Tech Insider!  —  There has never been a better time to be alive.  —  Contrary to what you might have heard, people are healthier, safer, happier, and smarter than ever.

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Noah Kulwin / Re/code: Two Weeks After Content Policy Update, Reddit's Head of Community, Jessica Moreno, Has Left the Company  —  Reddit's head of community, Jessica Moreno, has left the company.  She is the fourth senior female employee to exit in less than a month.  —  Moreno and her husband …

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: Visa Invests in Stripe at $5 Billion Valuation and Strikes Commercial Deal, Too  —  Credit card companies think they have a found an ally in the increasingly competitive world of online payments.  Its name is Stripe.  —  Visa has inked a commercial agreement with the payments startup …

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Nathan Ingraham / The Verge: Hands-on with OnePlus 2: Impressive specs for the price with thoughtful software additions, fingerprint unlock sensor works as advertised  —  The OnePlus 2 pushes the boundaries of how cheap a flagship phone can be  —  There are more options than ever for getting a good, cheap smartphone, and last year's OnePlus One was a standout.

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Bogdan Petrovan / Android Authority: OnePlus 2 announced: available Aug. 11, starts at $329 before taxes, with 5.5" 1080p display, Snapdragon 810, 13MP f/2.0 rear camera, USB-C, fingerprint sensor  —  OnePlus 2 officially announced: everything you need to know  —  OnePlus 2 officially announced: everything you need to know by …

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Samuel Gibbs / Guardian: Musk, Wozniak and Hawking urge ban on warfare AI and autonomous weapons  —  More than 1,000 experts and leading robotics researchers sign open letter warning of military artificial intelligence arms race  —  Over 1,000 high-profile artificial intelligence experts and leading researchers …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Twitter's Periscope Now Lets You Mute Users, Watch Live On Mac Via iOS 8 Handoff  —  One of the biggest problems with the Twitter-owned live streaming app Periscope from day one has been its notification system.  While push notifications are a useful way to immediately discover which broadcasters …

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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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