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August 16, 2016, 8:00 PM

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Peter Kafka / Recode:
Univision acquires Gawker Media for $135M; Denton says employees will continue work under new ownership “disentangled from the legal campaign”  —  Sold!  —  Univision has won the auction for Gawker Media.  —  The TV network and digital publisher has agreed to pay $135 million …
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Intel shows off a wireless all-in-one virtual reality headset called Project Alloy, with all of its cameras, sensors, and input controls built-in  —  Intel moved full-throttle into the VR space with the announcement of an all-in-one virtual reality headset alongside a new Intel Merged Reality platform at the Intel Developers Forum.
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Intel announces licensing agreement with ARM, opening its 10-nanometer production lines to third-parties to make the chips  —  Intel Corp., the world's biggest semiconductor maker, said it's licensing technology from rival ARM Holdings Plc, a move to win more customers for its business that manufactures chips for other companies.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Intel introduces Joule, a new chip module for developers to bring computer vision tech to cheap prototypes  —  Intel today introduced a new chip module it calls Joule, a tiny board for developers designed to bring powerful computer vision technology to cheap and easy-to-make prototypes.
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:
Ford plans fleet of fully autonomous cars operating in a riding-hailing service by 2021; CEO says self-driving cars as a service to become main revenue source  —  The company has invested in four startups as part of that effort.  —  Ford is finally taking the plunge and setting a date …
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Ford, Baidu each invest $75M in Velodyne LiDAR Inc. that builds 3D-imaging tech for self-driving cars; Ford to double headcount of SV-based research team to 300  —  Ford and China's leading search engine company, Baidu, announced today that they've each invested $75 million in Velodyne LiDAR Inc. …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Hackers post malware allegedly from NSA-linked Equation Group in online auction; Wikileaks says it will publish the tools; Snowden tweets likely explanations  —  In what Edward Snowden deems “not unprecedented,” hackers calling themselves the Shadow Brokers have collected NSA-created malware from a staging server run by the
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy Note7 review: the best big phone on the market, though it's expensive and loaded with bloatware on some carriers  —  There is no greater evidence of The Future of Computing than the big-screened smartphone.  Big phones have become the de facto personal computers for many people …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft opens its Xbox Wireless tech for PC OEMs and gaming peripherals  —  Microsoft wants everyone to know the joy that is low latency wireless gaming peripheral connections.  The company is making the Xbox Wireless connection tech it uses between Xbox One and official controllers available …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Google's bare-bones FaceTime competitor Duo launches for iOS and Android, won't connect with other communication apps from Google like Hangouts, upcoming Allo  —  Can Google spring back from its social failures with a bare-bones video-calling app that unites iOS and Android users?

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