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August 30, 2016, 11:55 PM

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Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
Source: Google opening Waze-based carpooling service previously in testing to all SF-area Waze users this fall; current pilot charges riders at most 54¢/mile  —  Alphabet's carpooling program in San Francisco offers rides at cheaper rates  —  Google is moving onto Uber Technologies Inc.'s turf …
EU Press Room:
European Commission rules that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to €13B, or around $14.5B, to Apple; Ireland must now recover unpaid taxes from Apple  —  The European Commission has concluded that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to €13 billion to Apple.
Tim Cook / Apple:
Apple: EU's claim that Ireland gave Apple a special tax deal “has no basis in fact or in law” and will be harmful for investment and job creation in Europe  —  Thirty-six years ago, long before introducing iPhone, iPod or even the Mac, Steve Jobs established Apple's first operations in Europe.
Andrew Martonik / Android Central:
Sources: this year's Google-branded Android phones will not use “Nexus” name, will feature additional software and a tweaked interface atop “vanilla” Android  —  The ‘Nexus’ brand is going away, but the biggest deal here is the large change in software experience that will accompany the new branding.
Fortune:
Uber hires Target's CMO Jeff Jones as president, overseeing global marketing, customer service, and operations  —  Uber, the global ride-hailing giant whose reputation has see-sawed at times from brash to boorish, has plucked an image maker from a leading U.S. retailer to be one of its top executives.
Will Oremus / Slate:
Three former Facebook contractors say Trending news algorithm was not ready to run autonomously, user testing was overwhelmingly negative  —  How Facebook's foray into automated news went from messy to disastrous.  —  It seems Facebook's human news editors weren't quite as expendable as the company thought.
Tanya Dua / Digiday:
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Sonos speakers will integrate with Amazon's Alexa next year and will let Spotify's app control audio starting this October  —  Wireless speaker system maker Sonos announced two software partnerships today with Spotify and Amazon.  The Spotify integration allows users to control …
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
San Francisco-based WrkRiot goes offline amid allegations it lied about back pay by giving employees PDFs of fake wire transfers, which ex-CTO corroborates  —  Penny Kim, a marketing professional with a one-month career at a Silicon Valley startup, shared a detailed account of one of the ugliest startup stories we've ever heard.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Researchers say version 2.92 of third-party BitTorrrent client Transmission, offered for a day for download from Transmission, was infected with OS X malware  —  Just five months after Transmission was infected with the first “ransomware” ever found on the Mac, the popular BitTorrent client …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
PlayStation Now streaming service that lets you play legacy titles on Windows PCs launches today with promo price of $100/year, less than half normal price  —  You don't need a PlayStation to play PlayStation games anymore: Sony's Playstation Now subscription-based game streaming service is now out for PC …

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