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July 6, 2017, 5:50 PM

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CNBC:
Microsoft says it plans to cut thousands of jobs, mostly from its sales teams outside the US, starting today  —  Microsoft announced a major reorganization on Wednesday that will include thousands of layoffs, largely in sales.  —  The job cuts amount to less than 10 percent …
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
SoundCloud cuts 173 employees, or about 40% of its staff, and plans to close its offices in San Francisco and London to cut costs and stay independent  —  Music service will close offices in San Francisco, London  —  SoundClound has struggled to compete against Spotify, Apple
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Uber rolls out rider tipping and its “pay for wait” program, penalizing riders who make drivers wait 2+ minutes, to over 100 US and Canadian cities today  —  A change is gonna come  —  Starting today, Uber's new in-app tipping option is being rolled out in 100 cities in the US and Canada …
Jason Toff / Google:
Google debuts Blocks, a free VR app for creating 3D objects, available on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive  —  Today, it takes complex software and a specific skillset to create compelling VR and AR experiences.  That software also requires building 3D objects on a 2D screen—something our brains aren't wired to do.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon and Dish Network have discussed a partnership to enter the wireless business, though no deal is imminent  —  For years, Dish Network has sought out partnerships with just about every major telecom company.  Now, a somewhat surprising potential partner has emerged: Amazon.com.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Facebook, Twitter, and Snap are all seeking online rights to show 2018 World Cup highlights from Fox, offering tens of millions of dollars  —  Companies are offering tens of millions for selected rights  —  A deal could help Fox boost revenue and defray broadcast costs
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Qualcomm asks US ITC to ban imports of certain iPhone models using Intel components due to infringement of 6 patents that it claims are not standard-essential  —  Chipmaker claims infringement by some models and seeks ‘cease and desist’ order  —  Read next
Aaron Pressman / Fortune:
HMD Global partners with German lens maker Zeiss to design hardware and software for Nokia-branded phones  —  The next wave of Nokia-branded smartphones will carry another well-known name, but from the photography market: Zeiss.  HMD Global, the Finnish startup that's taken over the Nokia phone brand …

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