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By Joseph Menn, Dustin Volz and Mark Hosenball SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI is investigating a cyber intrusion at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) that may be related to an earlier hack at the Democratic National Committee, said four sources familiar with the matter on Thursday. The previously unreported incident at the DCCC, which raises money for Democrats running for seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, may have been intended to gather information about donors, rather than to steal money, the sources said. The issue has clouded this week's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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In an interesting but not altogether surprising turn of events, Apple is reportedly recalibrating the focus and underlying goal of its long-rumored car initiative. According to a new  report from Bloomberg , the primary focus of Apple’s car-oriented R&D will now center on developing advanced software capable of powering self-driving cars of the future. In turn, Apple will divert some attention away from its original goal of developing and manufacturing a branded car of its own. To help push things along, the report adds that Apple recently tapped Dan Dodge to join Project Titan, the not-so-secretive name of the company’s automotive team. While not a household name, Dodge represents an intriguing and exciting hire for Apple. Prior to signing up to work at 1 Infinite Loop, Dodge served as the top dog within BlackBerry’s automotive software division. And before that, Dodge served as both the founder and CEO of  QNX, a company that BlackBerry acquired outright a few years ago. DON’T MISS: Leaked photos of iPhone 7’s headphone adapter emerge Notably, QNX software currently provides the brains behind many of the entertainment and navigation systems used by some of the world’s largest auto manufacturers today, including Ford and Volkswagen. On a related note, word emerged earlier in the week that venerable Apple executive Bob Mansfield was recently tapped to spearhead Project Titan, a move which, according to many, signals that Apple is dead serious about entering the automotive space in some capacity. As it stands now, Apple’s car team employees hundreds of researchers and engineers with expertise and broad experience across all facets of the automotive design, development and manufacturing process. That notwithstanding, developing a car – from start to finish – is a herculean task and Apple has reportedly suffered its fair share of setbacks over the past few months. To this point, Bloomberg reports: Apple has hundreds of engineers working on car design and has been targeting a release as soon as 2020. That goal has been affected by multiple departures, technical delays and confusion regarding the direction of the project, according to people with knowledge of the efforts. While Apple reportedly remains open to the idea of developing its own car, developing automotive software has become the top priority, at least for the time being.

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Trust us.) But the studios are equally as interesting: Legendary Pictures is behind The Dark Knight trilogy and Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, and Le Vision Pictures is the movie studio arm of LeEco — the company that just bought Vizio for $2 billion. Is this the beginning of an awesome relationship between Hollywood and Chinese studios? Numerous American films have already benefited from Chinese investment, from Marvel’s superheroes to teen comedies like 21 & Over, which shot a separate ending specifically for Chinese moviegoers.

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T-Mobile has the cheapest prices and best perks in the industry, and certainly the most sweary executive. But for one of the things that matters most to customers -- good customer care -- AT&T actually pips the "Uncarrier" to the flag. The latest edition of the J.D. Power satisfaction survey ranks AT&T as the network with the best overall customer care experience. T-Mobile finishes second, with Verizon and Sprint rounding out the best of the rest. DON'T MISS:  How two coders cracked all the secrets of Pokemon Go The J.D. Power survey uses data from over 7,000 wireless customers across a broad demographic, and is the best annual look we get at who likes their cell carrier the most. Customers fill out a survey detailing their customer care experiences, and the responses are used to build a score out of 1,000 for each customer. AT&T scored 820, while T-Mobile was on 815. Sprint was down at 750, by comparison. Interestingly, the best non-contract carrier, Customer Cellular, scored 878, way better than any full-service provider. Even though its customers are lacking years-long contracts, the quality of care they receive actually appears to be higher. Of course, the customer experience is only one part of a network's overall experience. Verizon is typically said to have the best service, for example, so a survey that takes into account cell coverage would probably see it bumped up a place or two. But it's worth noting that AT&T, the oldest carrier (with the stuffiest reputation) has actually managed to keep its customers the happiest.

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Baidu reported lower second-quarter earnings Thursday as the Chinese Internet giant experienced slower user growth following a scandal over its policies for displaying paid ads. Baidu, sometimes referred to as the Google of China, said that 667 million people used it for online searches from mobile devices in June. Chinese regulators in May ordered Baidu to change how it displays search results following the death of Wei Zexi, 21.

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One of the most fascinating aspects of the Pokemon Go phenomenon has been the determination of some very dedicated players to find ways to cheat the system. We've seen maps filled with Pokemon , hacks that require jailbreaks , and even  players cheating their way to the max level of 40 . But none of them compare to what you're about to witness. DON'T MISS:  This Pokemon Go evolution calculator will help you get the most powerful Pokemon Unlike the GPS hack we showed you earlier this week, which depends on software, this hack is entirely based on hardware. More specifically, the clever Pokemon Go fans from the YouTube channel jdsika put their phone in an radio frequency shield box, used a signal generator to send a GPS signal to the box and then built their own custom software to navigate around the world: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mC71c6zRUE I'm willing to bet that you don't have the tools necessary to replicate this setup in your own home, but even if you could, you'd still need to build the software to actually control the avatar in the app to move around. In addition, as The Verge notes , you will likely get banned as soon as developer Niantic realizes you're using a fake GPS signal to navigate around the in-game world. Niantic doesn't take kindly to cheaters. But regardless of the potential ramifications of the hack, there's no denying that it's an incredibly impressive achievement.

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(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said it would cut about 2,850 more jobs over the next 12 months, taking its total planned job cuts to up to 4,700, or about 4 percent of its workforce. The company said in May it would cut 1,850 jobs in its smartphone business, most of them in Finland. Microsoft bought Finland-based handset maker Nokia in 2014 in an ill-fated attempt to take on market leaders Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd . Chief Executive Satya Nadella, who took the helm just two months before the deal closed, has since focused on restructuring the struggling phone business. ...

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Although Marvel has had a few swings and misses at the box office over the years, their partnership with Netflix has yet to produce a dud. Both seasons of  Daredevil , as well as the first season of Jessica Jones , received praise from critics and fans alike, and quickly become two of the most popular Netflix original series to date. Unfortunately, despite their popularity, we're probably going to have to wait at least 18 months before we see new seasons of either show. DON'T MISS:  Marvel fans show us how ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ really should have ended During the Television Critics Association press tour, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos reiterated to the audience that Luke Cage will be the next Marvel show to hit the streaming service on September 30th. After that, we'll see Iron Fist and The Defenders , followed by the third season of Daredevil and season season of Jessica Jones . Although no specific release dates have been revealed for any Marvel show other than Luke Cage , we know for a fact that The Defenders will debut in 2017, according to its teaser trailer. Therefore, we also know that Iron Fist will also arrive in 2017, and up to this point, Netflix has only released two Marvel shows a year. So providing the pace remains the same, Sarandos has all but confirmed that we won't see new seasons of Daredevil or Jessica Jones until 2018. As for The Punisher , Netflix has already revealed that a season is in the works, but Sarandos was unwilling to provide any concrete information about when we might see the breakout star of Daredevil season 2 again.

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Uber has launched a new service called UberCentral that lets business request door-to-door rides for their clients / customers. Instead, this is meant to position Uber as an indispensable convenience for any number of business that frequently transport customers to and fro. You've got your obvious examples like hotels and car dealerships or repair shops, sure, but the company also sees UberCentral as a useful tool for senior centers and high-brow retailers.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Business is booming at Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc., even as it loses billions of dollars on kooky-sounding projects that may never produce any revenue.

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Google is about to launch two exciting Nexus devices, according to a variety of leaks. Codenamed Sailfish and Marlin, the two devices will be manufactured by HTC, and should offer the same design and high-end specs. A consistent number of reports have already “confirmed” the phones’ most important features . There have also been a few renders based on leaks, and a fresh one claims to be the most accurate of them all. DON’T MISS: Two new videos get up close and personal with the iPhone 7 like never before Android site TechDroider posted  what it claimed to be the first photo of the Nexus Marlin a few days ago , but the image only showed a portion of a phone’s screen that happened to be turned on. The site is now back with a render created using evidence from multiple sources. TechDroider says its renders are the most accurate so far, with the design of the phone having been confirmed by two reliable sources. The site also says it has seen the full front of the device. (But apparently, not the back?) Speaking of the rear shell of the handset, previous renders suggested that HTC will use a hideous mix of glass/plastic and metal for the back. But the new renders suggest that won’t be the case. TechDroider says the Nexus Marlin will have an aluminum body, which will make it look like the HTC 10 from the back. The device should feature a fingerprint sensor and a camera on the back. When it comes to logos, it’s not clear whether the phone will have just a “G” for Google on the back, or whether the regular “Nexus” and HTC logos are to be included. Two such variations follow below. Google should unveil the new Nexus devices at some point in the coming months, likely after Android 7.0 Nougat comes to town.

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Matt Damon is one of those actors who has become one of the most recognizable and bankable stars in the movie industry. Burger Fiction has put together a great 13-minute supercut of all the times Matt Damon appeared in film and television, capturing both his range of roles and maturation as a living organism. The clip starts all the way back in 1988 with a young Matt Damon appearing in Mystic Pizza all the way to older, grizzled Matt Damon in this week’s movie Matt Damon Beats Up Bad Guys, or as the marketing materials call it, Jason Bourne.

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The company says its All Access and Showtime subscription services have 2 million total subscribers, with user bases evenly split between the two. "That’s well ahead of where we’d thought we’d be this early in the game," CBS CEO Les Moonves said today on the company's quarterly earnings call, according to The Wrap. All Access was the first internet TV service to launch from one of the major big-name networks. With the addition of Showtime OTT (over-the-top) in July 2015, the network has a viable and relatively inexpensive set of options for interested viewers to stream CBS programming live and on-demand.

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The thing that makes Pokemon Go enjoyable--apart from the endless nostalgia trip--is the game's sense of discovery. You have to actually go out into the world on adventures to make meaningful progress in the game, in stark contrast to Candy Crush. But as you'd expect from a game this popular, people are making guides and maps to ease the burden on new players. The most well known is The Silph Road, an encyclopedia of knowledge for any Pokemoners.  Gizmodo 's Bryan Menegus met the duo that founded the site, and sheds some light on how and why you go about making a giant Pokemon database for free. DON'T MISS:  iPhone hack finally lets you play Pokemon Go in landscape mode The Silph Road wasn't always meant to be a repository of Pokemon information. Originally, it was meant to facilitate in-game trading. When that wasn't a feature at launch (although it may still be in the works), the founders neatly pivoted into making a map of where Pokemon lurk in the real world. Their volunteer-driven database exists as a layer on top of Google Maps. Users submit reports when they sight Pokemon in the wild, which helps other users be more focused in their searching. But as  Gizmodo  explains, this is just the beginning: "All that is just a prelude to the launch of their webapp, which they only discuss in vague terms, but it’s purpose is to take advantage of the chance personal encounters Pokémon Go encourages. Silph wants to translate their online community into codified physical space. “In your neighborhood, everybody’s going to be grouped together automatically via the webapp and it will allow you to say[…]‘Hey everybody on Instinct, I want to take down these two gyms,’” Moops explains excitedly, “It’s a way of allowing the community to reach out to each other without having to use real-world knowledge of each other.” Silph has had problems with growing too fast: servers have been taken to breaking point, and the mass of users strains Sliph's connection to Google Maps. But despite the problems, the founders are still delighted with their site, which has grown exponentially alongside Pokemon Go. The full interview is well worth a read.

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LG Display will spend around $1.7 billion to build a new production line for making flexible OLED smartphone screens. Flexible smartphone screens, which go into phones like the curved Galaxy S7 Edge, are becoming increasingly popular, and they seem likely to become a dominant style in a few years. The production line will be installed at the same OLED display factory that LG announced plans to build, for around $8.9 billion, last November.

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Alphabet Inc , Google's parent, posted a 21.3 percent increase in second-quarter revenue, exceeding analysts' expectations, driven by strong advertising sales on mobile devices and for video content. The strong revenue growth suggests that Google is successfully navigating the transition to mobile, said Colin Gillis, an analyst with BGC Partners. Advertisers typically pay less for user clicks on mobile ads than on desktop ads, Google's traditional strength, but the strong earnings performance suggest that is beginning to change, he said.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $4.88 billion.

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(Reuters) - Baidu Inc , China's biggest Internet search firm, reported a 34 percent fall in quarterly net income - its biggest ever decline since going public - hurt by a healthcare scandal that embroiled the company this year. The company's net income fell to 2.41 billion yuan ($362 million) in the April-June quarter from 3.66 billion yuan a year earlier, Baidu said in a statement on Thursday. Baidu was expected to post net income of 2.42 billion yuan, according to a Thomson Reuters survey of 8 analysts. Baidu's revenue rose 10.2 percent to 18.26 billion yuan from 16. ...

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A company called iPatrol has released a sentry robot called Riley that will cruise around your home on tank tracks with an HD camera, but without the requisite weapons to deter intruders (unless the intruder is a small animal). Riley also comes with a dock for charging, and the tank treads can be swapped out for different colors — because let's be honest, this is a toy mainly for kids and not something an intruder is going to be deterred by. You can purchase Riley today from iPatrol's website.

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