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Casey Newton / The Verge: GoChat, an independent app that lets users leave notes for one another at in-game locations, approaches 1M users; creator looks for ways to make app solvent  —  Jonathan Zarra knew something about Pokémon Go that most people didn't.  As a beta tester this summer …

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Wall Street Journal: Source: SEC investigating Tesla for possible securities law breach after it failed to disclose Autopilot-related crash to investors  —  Authorities probing whether auto maker should have disclosed Autopilot-related crash to investors  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission …

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Ethan Chiel / Fusion: Pokémon Go's launch hiccups include: private homes listed as PokéSpots, fake app Android malware, some robbers lured players to vulnerable locations, more  —  Pokémon Go is a new augmented reality (AR) game that allows players to wander the world catching tiny cartoon …

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Adam Reeve: Signing up for Pokémon Go on iOS with Google gives the game full access to your Google account  —  I figured I'd post this because I don't see anyone else talking about it and it bothers me.  If you didn't know, Pokemon Go is the latest in the long running series of games from Nintendo …

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Matt Weinberger / Business Insider: Niantic CEO John Hanke interview: Pokémon Go's goals are to nudge players to exercise, explore real world, and team up  —  On Saturday night, my girlfriend and I snuck away from the cocktail reception at a charity dinner because “Pokémon GO” had informed us that there might be a Pikachu nearby, and we were on the hunt.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Germany's Brillen.de raises $49M from TCV to take its eyewear marketplace international  —  Brillen.de, a bootstrapped, family-run company in Germany that has built an online business selling its own eyewear by tapping into a network of independent and local opticians, has raised €45 million …

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Issie Lapowsky / Wired: Twitter partners with CBS, CBSN, to livestream Republican and Democratic Conventions  —  Twitter has been perhaps the most talked about platform this election cycle.  (Thanks, Donald Trump.)  Now, in hopes of capturing even more of the political conversation, the company is announcing …

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Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica: Sony Xperia X Performance review: good build, decent camera and battery life, but lags behind the competition in almost every way, is pricey at $699  —  Even with impressive specs, there's something lacking in the X Performance.  —  The Sony Xperia X Performance.

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Russell Brandom / The Verge: Judge finds “reasonable basis” for fraud in Uber's outsourced investigation of legal foes in a suit against Uber, Kalanick for surge pricing anti-trust issues  —  When a young labor lawyer named Andrew Schmidt first filed suit against Uber in December of last year, he couldn't have predicted it would make him a target.

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Meng Jing / CHINAdaily: Alibaba buys Chinese Android app store Wandoujia, reportedly for $200M  —  Move aimed at gaining a firmer foothold in the domestic application distribution market  —  Chinese e-commerce conglomerate Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said on Tuesday that it will take over Beijing-based Wandoujia …

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Bloomberg: Line prices IPO at the top of its range at $32.84 per share, to raise up to $1.3B at $6.9B valuation; trading starts July 14 in NY and July 15 in Tokyo  —  Yuji Nakamura , Takashi Amano , Pavel Alpeyev  —  Messaging app to fully exercise greenshoe to sell more stock

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Reuters: Nintendo's stock rises over 22% in Tokyo trading, extending last week's gains after the release of Pokémon Go  —  Shares of Japan's Nintendo Co soared more than 20 percent in early Tokyo trading on Monday, extending last week's gains, on hopes that the popularity of its new Pokemon GO smartphone game will boost its results.

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Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica: Oracle denies the report that it halted the development of Java Enterprise Edition, promises to share details about Java EE 8 at JavaOne conference in September  —  New proposal for Java EE 8 in fall as company denies rumors of Java EE demise.  —  The long silence is apparently over.

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Joseph Schwartz / SimilarWeb Blog: On July 7, one day after its release, Pokémon GO had more Android installations than Tinder in US, and by July 8 it was on 5.16% of US Android devices  —  Unless you're been living under a rock or hiding in some tall grass you've probably heard of Pokémon GO, the app that has taken America by storm.

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Jacob Donnelly / CoinDesk: As Bitcoin “halving” cut miner rewards by 50% on Saturday, experts ponder possible effects on Bitcoin price, mining industry  —  It's an event that brings equal parts predictability and uncertainty.  —  For close to a year, bitcoin miners and investors have been preparing for an event nicknamed ‘the halving’.

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Bradley Klapper / Associated Press: White House says ISIS Twitter traffic dropped 45% after two years of sustained alternative messaging by the US and its partners  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State group's Twitter traffic has plunged 45 percent in the past two years, the Obama administration says, as the U.S. and its allies …

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Sarah Kessler / Fast Company: Home-cooking startup Josephine's struggle with murky laws and regulations raises questions about the future of the food-sharing economy  —  Politicians talk big about supporting innovation, but as home-cooking startup Josephine discovered, the system isn't designed that way.

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft updates Skype Bot platform with group support, adds support for new Slack and Facebook features to Bot Framework  —  Microsoft is updating its Microsoft Bot and Skype Bot platforms with new capabilities, as well as additional support for Facebook and Slack bot features.

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Alex Konrad / Forbes: Inside Google and Microsoft's efforts to catch Amazon in the cloud computing services space  —  For months and months, as Google's brain trust searched for the ideal candidate to lead the company's come-from-behind bid for its biggest new opportunity since Larry Page and Sergey Brin began putting ads …

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Jennifer Baker / Ars Technica: BT, Vodafone, and other European telcos publish “5G Manifesto” seeking lighter net neutrality regulation to encourage next generation network investment  —  BT, Vodafone, and chums all flex muscles, press for lighter regulation.  —  BRUSSELS—A coalition of nearly 20 telcos including BT …

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch: Although Pokémon Go's sudden success is driven by nostalgia, Pokémon's mechanics are uniquely suited for augmented reality  —  Basically everyone is Pokémon Go-ing according to Twitter, and I'm sure basic resources like power and water will soon start to shut down because key staff are out chasing Pikachu.

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James Vincent / The Verge: Seeking to replace microSD with a faster successor, Samsung announces world's first removable UFS memory cards, but no devices support them yet  —  What comes after microSD cards for removable storage?  Samsung has the answer: UFS.  The company announced today the world's first removable UFS …

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John Biggs / TechCrunch: Deleted Tweet archive PostGhost shut down after Twitter cease and desist  —  PostGhost was a nascent website that archived the tweets of the famous, rich, and important.  The site got popular for finding and storing the deleted Tweets of politicians and even Lindsay Lohan who plead with the English PM to #remain.

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Alibaba and Chinese automaker SAIC announce the RX5, a $22.3K connected car that uses Alibaba's Yun operating system to connect into various internet services  —  Alibaba has officially announced its move into the automobile space after it unveiled its first “internet car” in collaboration with SAIC …

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Ari Levy / CNBC: Sellers say Amazon's counterfeit problem is getting worse after it made it easier for Chinese manufacturers to sell goods to US consumers  —  Four things you should know about Amazon before shopping the prime sale  —  Amazon has opened the doors to allow Chinese manufacturers to sell directly to consumers …

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