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August 25, 2016, 1:35 PM

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New York Times:
WhatsApp to share phone numbers and analytics data of users with Facebook, two years after it said it had no plans to collect data  —  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 …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple developing a Snapchat-like video sharing and editing app and multiple social features for iOS  —  Company looks to catch up as video sharing gains popularity  —  Engineers test deeper social ties across iPhone, iPad software  —  Apple Inc., seeking to capitalize on the popularity …
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
Autonomous vehicle software startup nuTonomy begins invite-only testing of six self-driving taxis in Singapore; cars will have driver and researcher on board  —  SINGAPORE (AP) — The world's first self-driving taxis will be picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday.
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 …
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed:
Nextdoor, a social network for neighbors, debuts a new tool to stem racial profiling on its platform, claims 75% success rate in tests  —  Nextdoor, a location-based social network for neighbors that has more than 10 million registered users, is rolling out a new tool today that the company …
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.
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.
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.
Gideon Spanier / Campaign Live:
Analysis of filings finds Twitter's Japanese operation generated 10% of global revenue in Q2, with sales doubling YoY to $61.2M  —  Japan has overtaken the UK to become Twitter's largest market outside the US.  —  Twitter's booming Japanese operation generated 10% of global revenues for the first time in the second quarter of 2016.
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Sources: YouTube building Backstage feature that allows creators to share photos, polls, links, and more that will appear in subscribers' feeds, slated for fall  —  EXCLUSIVE:  —  YouTube, the world's largest video-sharing service, is looking beyond video to keep its homegrown stars …

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