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August 10, 2015, 9:25 AM

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James Crabtree / Financial Times:
Google to announce relaunch of its Android One project in India in coming weeks with a goal of specifying phones that will cost less than $50  —  Google set to reboot Android One smartphone project in India  —  Google is to relaunch its Android One cut-price smartphone project …
Connie Chan / Andreessen Horowitz:
How WeChat works, and how it became so popular in China: millions of apps within the WeChat app, built-in payments, and more  —  When One App Rules Them All: The Case of WeChat and Mobile in China  —  This post is all about WeChat, but it's also about more than just WeChat.
Hunter Scott:
How a Twitter bot written to automatically enter contests won 1000 prizes in 9 months, or about 4 contests per day  —  Twitter Contest Winning as a Service  —  This is the story of how I wrote a Twitter bot to automatically enter contests and ended up winning on average 4 contests per day, every day, for about 9 months straight.
Dino Grandoni / New York Times:
States compete for burgeoning self-driving car business by loosening regulations, building research centers and testing facilities  —  Among the States, Self-Driving Cars Have Ignited a Gold Rush  —  Whether it is fuel savings, safer commutes or freed-up time behind the wheel, drivers have many reasons to embrace self-driving cars.
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Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Webvan founder Louis Borders working on $99/year shopping club offering same day delivery that will rely on heavily-automated warehouses  —  Webvan Founder Plots an Amazon Prime Competitor Powered by Robots  —  Fourteen years after his first same-day delivery service went belly up, Webvan founder Louis Borders is working on a redo.
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Alice Truong / Quartz:
Linden Lab working on an Oculus game similar to its Second Life offering codenamed Project Sansar, plans to release it before end of 2016  —  Could the Oculus Rift help give Second Life a second life?  —  Second Life—the online world once considered the hottest destination on the internet—never got much past a million users.
Paul Hill / Linux Veda:
Ubuntu powered BQ Aquarius phones now available for order globally, do not support 4G in US  —  Ubuntu powered BQ Aquaris available in US  —  BQ just announced on their Google Plus page that their Aquaris Ubuntu Edition phones will be available ‘wherever you live’, this makes …

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