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July 7, 2016, 10:05 PM

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Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Facebook Heavily Promotes Live Video But Struggles To Deal With Its Visceral Aftermath  —  Last night, at 10:06 P.M., a woman by the name of Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds went live on Facebook for roughly ten minutes.  During that time, she chronicled the last conscious moments of her boyfriend …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple releases public beta of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra  —  Two days after releasing the second developer betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra for testing, Apple today is launching its public beta program for the forthcoming updates, allowing a broader cross section of users to test out the new features …
Ina Fried / Recode:
Microsoft to split chief operating officer duties between five executives as current COO Kevin Turner leaves  —  Turner had served as head of Microsoft's sales team for the past 11 years.  —  Kevin Turner, the former Walmart executive who has led Microsoft's sales team for the past 11 years …
Jonathan Keane / Tech.eu:
Antivirus software firm AVG acquired by Avast Software for $1.3 billion  —  Antivirus software company AVG Technologies has been acquired by rival Avast Software for $1.3 billion.  —  Both companies were founded in the Czech Republic and expanded globally with AVG going public in 2012.
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Source: Uber raises $1.15B from its first leveraged loan, to pay a yield of about 5%  —  Ride-hailing company will pay a yield of about 5%, source says  —  Uber Technologies Inc. has raised $1.15 billion from a new high-yield loan, according to a person familiar with the matter …
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Users can now set Spotify or Pandora as the default music player on Amazon Echo, Dot, or Tap  —  Amazon is making its Echo speaker a little more convenient to use for the millions of Spotify and Pandora listeners out there.  You can already play music from streaming music services by speaking commands like “Play ______ on Spotify.”
Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch:
Dating app Bumble to launch BumbleBizz for swipe-based professional networking this fall  —  I hate networking.  Or at least the type of networking that consists of awkward happy hours where no one knows each other and you're approached every five seconds by some over-eager “networker” …
 

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