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August 5, 2015, 11:50 PM

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Official Android Blog:
Google announces it will provide monthly OTA security updates to Nexus devices, starting today with Stagefright fixes  —  An Update to Nexus Devices  —  Security has always been a major focus for Android and Google Play: Android was built from day one with security in mind.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
How the Stagefright bug changed Android security  —  It's been 10 days since Zimperium's Joshua Drake revealed a new Android vulnerability called Stagefright — and Android is just starting to recover.  The bug allows an attacker to remotely execute code through a phony multimedia text message …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Samsung Kills Top-Secret Plan to Reinvent the Remote Control, Lays Off Boxee Staff  —  Samsung's ambitious plan to replace the TV remote is dead.  —  The Korean consumer electronics giant quietly shuttered an ambitious initiative last month that was internally known as “Perfect Experience,” or PX, Variety has learned.
Sam Biddle / Gawker:
Leaked internal documents show Uber lost $20.4M in 2012, $56M in 2013, and more than $160M in the first half of 2014  —  Here Are the Internal Documents that Prove Uber Is a Money Loser  —  Uber, Silicon Valley's prized amoral unicorn, is presumed to be a financial titan and a sure-thing IPO in the near future.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Reddit Finally Bans Racist r/CoonTown And Other Hateful Communities, Updates User Policies  —  Reddit CEO Steve Huffman introduced an updated set of user policies Wednesday, which included details for how Reddit would be “quarantining” certain communities and banning ones which were particular awful, including the infamous r/CoonTown.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Launches “Live” Streaming Video Feature, But Only For Celebrities  —  Before Periscope and Meerkat jumpstarted the mobile live-streaming craze, Facebook was already quietly working on its own way to let public figures broadcast live videos to their fans.
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg Business:
Apple defeats bid for lawsuit alleging iMessage interfered with delivery of texts after switching to non-Apple devices  —  Apple Defeats Bid for Group Suit Over Texts Lost in Phone Swap  —  Apple Inc. won a ruling beating back a group lawsuit sought by a former iPhone user who claimed …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Twitter Will Offer ‘Buy’ Buttons to as Many as 100,000 Merchants With New Shopify Deal  —  Twitter has been deliberate in its rollout of Buy buttons.  But it's about to make a bigger splash.  —  The social network is in the process of integrating with Shopify and other e-commerce software companies …
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Empowers Pages To Provide Customer Support Over Private Messages  —  A business publicly debating customer problems on their Facebook Page's wall is a recipe for a PR disaster.  So today Facebook is giving Pages more options for privately messaging people who complain.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Adidas acquires mobile fitness company Runtastic for $239M  —  Sporting giant Adidas has acquired Runtastic, a European mobile fitness startup known for its GPS fitness-tracking app of the same name, in a deal worth €220 million ($239 million).  —  Founded out of Austria in 2009 …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Google Fiber plans service in San Antonio, its biggest city yet  —  Google will compete against AT&T, which plans gigabit service for San Antonio.  —  Google today said it is beginning design work on a fiber network for San Antonio, Texas.  With 1.4 million residents, it will be the biggest Google Fiber city so far.

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