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Paul Mozur / New York Times: Uber partners with Bharti Airtel to provide free in-car WiFi, offer discounted phone plans for drivers, accept payments through Airtel Money in India  —  Uber to Provide Free In-Car Wi-Fi in India  —  HONG KONG — In India, a country notorious for city-snarling traffic jams …

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Ryan Whitwam / Android Police: The Lenovo-Backed ZUK Z1 Will Be Sold Internationally With Cyanogen OS Starting Mid-October  —  Lenovo's ZUK smartphone brand got off to a great start in China when the recently announced Z1 managed over 2 million pre-orders in a week, but surprisingly, they aren't stopping in China.

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Mariella Moon / Engadget: Comcast releases its livestreaming app, Xfinity Share, allowing all Xfinity subscribers to broadcast to other subscribers' TVs and smartphones  —  Comcast releases its livestreaming app to all subscribers  —  Comcast says its livestreaming app did very well during its limited release …

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Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch: Google Photos Introduces “Rediscover This Day” To Help You Reminisce  —  Google Photos wants to be home to all of your photos (and videos).  Whether you have a thumb drive, CD, DVD or undeveloped film laying around, the team wants you to consider uploading them to the service.  Why?

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Chris Davies / SlashGear: Amazon's new Alexa Lighting API opens up Echo voice control for smart lighting to developers  —  Amazon gives smart bulb devs the keys to Alexa's voice  —  Amazon is further opening up its Alexa voice-control system, the engine at the heart of the Echo speaker, to smart lighting companies.

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Peter Bright / Ars Technica UK: Microsoft no longer provides full release notes in cumulative updates to Windows  —  Microsoft has no plans to tell us what's in Windows patches  —  Microsoft has now released three cumulative updates for Windows 10.  These updates combine security fixes with non-security bug fixes …

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Joseph Cox / Motherboard: Ashley Madison hackers: we still have 300GB of employee emails, internal docs, some user chats and pictures, more, but will not dump all of it  —  Ashley Madison Hackers Speak Out: ‘Nobody Was Watching’  —  For the past week, international media has reported on the hack of extramarital site Ashley Madison …

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Reuters: Tesla engineer joins Apple's growing team of automated car experts  —  Consumer electronics company Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has hired a senior engineer from electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA.O), according to a LinkedIn posting, as part of Apple's effort to build a team of experts in automated driving.

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Evelyn Cheng / CNBC: Apple stock falls more than 5% as markets correct over slowing global growth concerns  —  Dow falls 350 points as global growth concerns weigh  —  Market rout continues: How to play the dip  —  Portfolio managers Chad Morganlander of Stifel, and Jim Lacamp of UBS, discuss Thursday's market selloff …

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Toby Shapshak / Forbes: Xiaomi Will Launch In Africa In Sept Through Distributor  —  The most successful cellphone maker in China, Xiaomi, has announced its long-anticipated arrival in Africa next month by appointing a distributor.  The continent has been the fastest growing mobile region for the past five years, and saw Q1 smartphone sales surge to 47%.

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Napier Lopez / The Next Web: Google integrates Twitter into its desktop search results  —  Google and Twitter are getting a little friendlier; you can now view tweet feeds from various accounts and hashtags right from Google.com on the desktop.  —  You can search something like “The Next Web Twitter” and Google will pull up a feed of our latest tweets.

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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch: Swarm releases version 3.0, includes leaderboards with friends, coins, and ‘Here Now’ feature; available on iOS and Android today, coming soon to Windows Phone  —  Swarm Gets Back Into The Game With Leaderboards  —  In its quest to add a little fun through your (literal) …

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Lizette Chapman / Wall Street Journal: Virtual-Reality Headset Maker Glyph Grabs $24 Million in Funding  —  The maker of Glyph, a media headset that supports 3-D and virtual reality content, has secured $24 million to increase manufacturing and begin shipping the headsets by the end of 2015, Venture Capital Dispatch has learned.

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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch: SmartThings Support Is Coming To Amazon Echo  —  It would appear that Amazon has plans to team up with SmartThings to power various home automation features with the Amazon Echo, the voice-powered personal assistant device.  —  According to a Google web cache of the SmartThings blog …

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Kev Needham / Mozilla Add-ons Blog: Mozilla to introduce new API for Firefox to make it easier to port extensions from other browsers, to deprecate certain classes of add-ons 12-18 months from now  —  The Future of Developing Firefox Add-ons  —  Today we are announcing some major upcoming changes to Firefox add-ons.

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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac: Apple TV outsold by Amazon's Fire TV in 2014, now the fourth most popular streaming device  —  According to recent data released by Parks Associates, Apple TV currently is the fourth most popular streaming media device based on 2014 sales, down from third place in 2013.

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Daniel Ek / Spotify Blog: Spotify apologizes for confusion over privacy policy, clarifies that no information will be collected without explicit permission  —  Sorry!  —  We are in the middle of rolling out new terms and conditions and privacy policy and they've caused a lot of confusion about what kind of information we access and what we do with it.

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Mesosphere And Microsoft Bring Mesos To Windows Server  —  Mesosphere, the company that aims to build a container-centric “operating system for the data center” based on the Apache Mesos project, is giving the first public demo of Mesos running on the preview version of Windows Server 2016 at MesosCon today.

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: New data uncovers the surprising predictability of Android lock patterns  —  Like “p@$$w0rd” and “1234567” many Android patterns are easy to guess.  —  Marte Løge  —  The abundance of password leaks over the past decade has revealed some of the most commonly used …

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Jerry Hildenbrand / Android Central: Google no longer requires new Android devices to ship with Google+, Google Newsstand, Google Play Games and Books apps pre-installed  —  Your new phone will have less Google bloatware, and that's awesome  —  You might have heard that the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 comes without Google+ preinstalled.

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Reuters: Leaked Uber presentation: global bookings to reach $10.8B in 2015, revenue would be roughly $2B, IPO within 18-24 months  —  Uber seen reaching $10.8 billion in bookings in 2015: fundraising presentation  —  Uber Technologies Inc's [UBER.UL] global bookings are projected to rise nearly threefold …

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Carmel DeAmicis / Re/code: Bill Gurley marks recent tech sell-off with another warning about unprofitable unicorns, says cycle “where growth is valued more than profitability” may end  —  Bill Gurley to Unicorns: Winter Is Coming.  You Ready?  —  Tech stocks have been taking a beating lately …

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Nigel Manuel / CNET: Samsung offers iPhone users a free 30-day trial with new Galaxy phones on any carrier  —  Samsung to give iPhone users a trial run with new Galaxy smartphones  —  Just weeks before the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ launches, Samsung is attempting to sway iPhone users.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Facebook to allow businesses to post GIFs as ads and Page posts, begins testing with Wendy's and Coca-Cola's Brazilian brand Kuat  —  After Years Of Restraint, Facebook Tries Allowing GIFs In Ads And Page Posts  —  Facebook refused to fill its site with flashy animated banner ads for a decade.

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Andrew Chung / Reuters: Microsoft files federal antitrust lawsuit against Interdigital for “abusive licensing practices”  —  Microsoft files antitrust suit against InterDigital in patent feud  —  InterDigital Inc has violated U.S. antitrust law by failing to keep its promise to fairly license …

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