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August 2, 2017, 4:45 PM

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Evan Blass / VentureBeat:
Source: Note8 to have 6.3" SuperAMOLED screen, Snapdragon 835 in US or Exynos 8895 globally, IP68-certification, two 12MP rear cameras with OIS, 3300mAh battery  —  As Samsung prepares to announce its stylus-equipped Galaxy Note8 on August 23 in New York City, information about the phone …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
PayPal integrates with Skype's mobile app to enable sending money to users in 22 countries including, US, UK, Canada, and others in Europe  —  The PayPal partnerships keep coming.  The still growing payments giant today announced a new deal with Skype that will allow users in 22 countries worldwide …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram says users under 25 use the app for 32 minutes per day on average, while half of the businesses on it produced a story in the last month  —  Instagram Stories has blossomed from a Snapchat clone into an integral part of the world's largest dedicated visual communication app in the first year since its launch.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
HBO's security contractor says hackers stole “thousands of internal documents” in addition to episodes and have leaked personal info of a senior HBO executive  —  The HBO hack may have been worse than the initial leaks of a few unaired TV show episodes suggested.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Plex brings its Live TV streaming service and DVR to Apple TV and Android, adds “time-shifting” feature to pause, rewind, and fast-forward through live TV  —  Plex today is taking its Live TV service, including its DVR, out of beta, while also expanding to Apple TV and Android …
Facebook:
Facebook says it will start ranking faster loading web pages higher in News Feed over the coming months  —  We're always listening to our community to understand how we can improve their experience of News Feed.  We've heard from people that it's frustrating to click on a link that leads to a slow-loading webpage.
Frank Chaparro / Business Insider:
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Apple's shift towards services revenue has limited its freedom to maneuver, as the China-VPN example shows, while creating a formidable business  —  On October 5, 1999, Steve Jobs introduced the iMac DV and a new application called iMovie, declaring:
Canalys:
Samsung and Apple worldwide smartphone sales were mostly flat YoY in Q2, but Chinese makers saw big growth: Huawei up 20% to ~38M, Oppo up 44%, Xiaomi up 52%  —  Palo Alto, Shanghai, Singapore and Reading (UK) - Wednesday, 2 August 2017  —  Samsung continued to lead the worldwide smartphone market …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Report: Snap in talks to buy Zero Zero Robotics, best known for its Hover Camera Passport Drone, which uses facial recognition to photograph users from the air  —  Snap is still trying to get into the drone business.  After reportedly buying LA-based drone company Ctrl Me Robotics earlier this year …

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