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July 7, 2016, 8:55 PM

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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 …
Motherboard:
Controversial livestreams become more frequent on Facebook Live, putting the company's rules and judgment under scrutiny  —  A video of the aftermath of a fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer was temporarily removed from Facebook.  The company has said the removal was due to a “technical glitch.”
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.
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” …
Se Young Lee / Reuters:
Samsung expects Q2 operating profit of $7B, its highest in 2 years, on strong Galaxy S7 sales  —  Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday its second-quarter operating profit likely rose 17.4 percent from a year earlier, its highest in more than 2 years as Galaxy S7 smartphone sales propelled mobile earnings.

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