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July 12, 2017, 10:15 AM

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Thuy Ong / The Verge:
Tech giants including Amazon, Reddit, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and many others are rallying today in support of net neutrality  —  Amazon, Reddit, Facebook, Google and Twitter are fighting the FCC's changes  —  Technology giants like Amazon, Spotify, Reddit, Facebook, Google …
Karl Bode / Techdirt:
Bill Ready / PayPal:
PayPal added as a payment option on iTunes, App Store, iBooks, and Apple Music in Canada and Mexico, with roll-out in US and other countries soon  —  Starting today in Canada and Mexico, and rolling out in other countries including the US soon after, PayPal customers will be able to pay for App Store …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft officially ends support for Windows Phone 8.1, more than three years after introducing the update, leaving millions of Windows phones unsupported  —  An end of an era  —  Microsoft is killing off Windows Phone 8.1 support today, more than three years after the company first introduced the update.
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Sources: the 2017 Pixel XL, manufactured by LG, will have a 6" AMOLED display with a 2:1 aspect ratio and smaller bezels  —  The image you see above is what we believe to be an accurate representation of Google's 2017 flagship smartphone, the 2nd-generation Pixel “XL.”
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Google announces a new AI-focused early stage venture fund, Gradient Ventures, which promises its portfolio startups access to Google engineers  —  - The idea is to spur innovation in artificial intelligence while also providing interesting experiences to Google engineers.
Sean Hollister / CNET:
Logitech acquires headset maker Astro Gaming for $85M in all-cash deal to expand into game console market  —  The PC peripherals company hopes to crack the console gaming market.  —  Logitech is one of the best-known brands of keyboards, mice, headphones and webcams, whether you're a gamer or not.
Tom Krazit / GeekWire:
Ex-Twitter engineers raise $10.5M Series A for microservices management startup Buoyant  —  Buoyant, a 13-person startup led by former Twitter engineers and now backed by a former member of Twitter's board of directors, has raised a $10.5 million Series A round to apply lessons learned …
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Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Facebook to gradually expand worldwide beta of display ads in Messenger's Home screen, which follow an auction-based model  —  Facebook Messenger will start to extend its home screen ads beta worldwide in the weeks ahead, Messenger head of product Stan Chudnovsky announced today.

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