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July 26, 2016, 4:47 PM

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Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
President Obama announces the Cyber Incident Severity Schema, a new way the feds will codify the threat level of hacking attacks, but it lacks specifics  —  George W. Bush's Homeland Security Advisory System—the color-coded terrorism “threat level” indicator that became a symbol of post-9/11 fear mongering …
Tom Phillips / Eurogamer.net:
Sources: Nintendo NX is a portable console that uses cartridges, has removable controllers and a TV dock  —  It also connects to your TV, and runs cartridges.  —  Nintendo's upcoming NX will be a portable, handheld console with detachable controllers, a number of sources have confirmed to Eurogamer.
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Microsoft launches Researcher and Editor in Word, Zoom in PowerPoint  —  Microsoft today is announcing new features that are coming to its Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook applications.  —  One new feature in Word, called Editor, is particularly notable because it will help users improve …
Ryan Mac / Forbes:
The genesis story of Niantic, a gaming skunkworks overlooked at Google, and Pokémon Go, which began as an April Fool's Google Maps prank  —  It's not hard to spot players of the most popular smartphone game of all time.  They have a peculiar way of carrying their devices in front …
Sensor Tower App Marketing Blog:
Pokémon Go hits 75M+ worldwide downloads, has launched in 32 markets and is top for App Store revenue in all of them  —  Niantic's smash hit Pokémon GO has barreled past another major lifetime milestone, having surpassed 50 million worldwide downloads on Google Play alone over the weekend.
Twitter:
Twitter reports Q2 revenue of $602M, an increase of 20% YoY, 313M MAUs, up from 310M last quarter; stock drops 9%+ on low Q3 guidance of $590M-610M in revenue  —  Dear Shareholders, We look forward to discussing our second quarter 2016 financial results with you at 2:00 p.m. PT today.
Business Wire:
Apple Reports Third Quarter Results  —  Services Revenue Grows 19% as App Store Hits All-Time Record  —  CUPERTINO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 third quarter ended June 25, 2016.  The Company posted quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
BlackBerry announces $300 DTEK50 all-touchscreen Android smartphone with the hardware specifications and design of the Alcatel Idol 4  —  BlackBerry has announced its second Android smartphone today, the DTEK50.  The device, which shares hardware specifications and design with the Alcatel Idol 4 …
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Vizio acquired by Chinese tech company LeEco for $2 billion  —  Chinese electronics firm LeEco is buying American TV manufacturer Vizio for $2 billion.  The acquisition was announced during a press event this morning in Los Angeles, giving LeEco an instant foothold in the US television market.
Google Lat Long:
Google Maps gets a cleaner look, highlights busy areas of interest with orange shading, changes color scheme to differentiate between natural/man-made objects  —  The real world is changing every second and Google Maps is changing with it.  Most often these changes happen behind the scenes …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Verizon Q2 misses on declining sales of $30.5B, beats with EPS of $0.94  —  Verizon yesterday announced a landmark deal to purchase Yahoo's core business for $4.83 billion, but judging from its just-released second quarter earnings report, the telecom giant continues to feel the pressure of declines in its legacy business.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Popular wireless keyboards from HP, Toshiba, GE, others don't use encryption, can easily be snooped on and exploited to send malicious text to linked device  —  You should be able to trust your wireless keyboard.  And yet security researchers have been warning people to be suspicious …
Eliot Brown / Wall Street Journal:
As it shores up city support for its Menlo Park headquarters expansion, Facebook pledges to build 1,500 units of housing for the general public  —  Social media giant pledges at least 1,500 units for general public, hoping to gain support for its expansion  —  Concerns about Silicon Valley's …
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