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August 25, 2016, 8:55 AM

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Nick Statt / The Verge:
Google brings Wi-Fi Assistant, a previously exclusive Project Fi feature that cuts down on data usage, to all Nexus devices in the US, UK, Canada, and more  —  Starting in the coming weeks, Google is adding a new data-saving perk for owners of its Nexus smartphones.
Seth Fiegerman / CNNMoney:
Five years after Tim Cook became Apple CEO, the company has doubled staff, is more socially conscious, but hasn't created a new product category rivaling iPhone  —  Hours after Steve Jobs resigned as the CEO of Apple, his successor Tim Cook sent an email to reassure employees about the company's future.
New York Times:
WhatsApp to share phone numbers and analytics data of users with Facebook  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Facebook bought the start-up WhatsApp in 2014, Jan Koum, WhatsApp's co-founder, declared that the deal would not affect the digital privacy of his mobile messaging service's millions of users.
Steven Levy / Backchannel:
Apple execs Cue, Schiller, and Federighi as well as key Siri scientists Alex Acero and Tom Gruber explain Apple's secretive approach to AI and machine learning  —  On July 30, 2014, Siri had a brain transplant.  —  Three years earlier, Apple had been the first major tech company to integrate …
Biz Carson / Business Insider:
Legalist, a startup launched by a Thiel Fellow, will fund lawsuits in exchange for up to 50% cut of settlement based on algorithmic calculation of winning  —  It's a startup idea that looks like it's ripped straight from the headlines.  —  This summer, Forbes revealed that tech luminary Peter Thiel …
Jim Weber / LinkedIn Pulse:
Sports writer says Twitter permanently banned his account with nearly 100K followers after he tweeted three Olympics GIFs  —  I thought the only people to get permanently banned from Twitter were Leslie Jones' online bully and terrorists.  Apparently those who post a GIF …
Jonathan Vanian / Fortune:
HP reports Q3 revenue of $11.9B, down 4% YoY, marking third decline in quarterly sales since November split  —  HP Inc. continues to face challenges during its first year as an independent company.  —  The printer and personal computer giant said Wednesday that its latest quarterly revenue dropped 4% year over year to $11.9 billion.
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Sources: Uber lost $1.2B in first half of 2016, including $520M in Q1 and $750M in Q2; net revenue grew 18% from $960M in Q1 to $1.1B in Q2  —  After touting profitability in the U.S. early this year, the ride-hailing company is said to post second-quarter losses exceeding $100 million.

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