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August 3, 2015, 9:05 PM

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James Cook / Business Insider:
Sources: Apple is conducting private MVNO trials in US, in talks with European operators, but service might be 5 years away  —  Apple is in talks to launch its own virtual network service in the US and Europe  —  Apple is in talks to launch a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) …
James Cook / Business Insider:
Sources: Apple is preparing to launch a voicemail service that will use Siri to transcribe your messages  —  Apple is preparing to launch a voicemail service that will use Siri to transcribe your messages  —  Apple employees are testing a voicemail service that uses Siri to answer your calls and transcribe voicemail messages.
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Researchers Create First Firmware Worm That Attacks Macs  —  The common wisdom when it comes to PCs and Apple computers is that the latter are much more secure.  Particularly when it comes to firmware, people have assumed that Apple systems are locked down in ways that PCs aren't.
Brian Womack / Bloomberg Business:
Yahoo Said to Pay $230 Million for Shopping Site Polyvore  —  Yahoo! Inc. is paying about $230 million for shopping service Polyvore Inc., people with knowledge of the matter said, as the Internet portal seeks new ways to draw in users and advertisers.  —  The deal, announced last week …
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Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Amazon Prime benefits can only be shared with one other adult now (and four kids)  —  Amazon Prime is a subscription service that offers free 2-day or faster shipping on millions of items, as well the ability to stream thousands of movies and TV shows over the internet, borrow some Kindle eBooks …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Matchstick to refund Kickstarter pledges for its $25 Firefox-OS streaming stick, says DRM issues too great  —  Matchstick's Firefox OS-Based Chromecast Competitor Is Dead  —  Matchstick is pulling the plug on its Firefox OS-powered Chromecast competitor: The company, which raised …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Microsoft acquires FantasySalesTeam, a gamification platform to incentivize sales teams  —  Microsoft has acquired Incent Games, the company behind FantasySalesTeam, a gamification platform designed to help incentivize sales teams.  —  The computing giant says that it will soon offer …
Ross Miller / The Verge:
PlayStation Now game streaming officially launches on PS TV and PS Vita  —  PlayStation Now, the game-streaming service borne of Sony's Gaikai acquisition, is officially trickling down to PS Vita and PlayStation TV.  (An open beta launched last October, but this is the official premiere.)

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