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August 11, 2015, 10:00 PM

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Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Facebook is working on a Twitter-like app that lets publishers send mobile breaking news alerts to the masses  —  Facebook is working on a stand-alone mobile news application that seems to be part of its Facebook for Business initiative.  —  This product, which sounds similar to Twitter …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Brings Auto-Play Video Ads To Apps In Its Mobile Ad Network  —  Facebook's making a killing with its native, in-feed, auto-play video ads, and now it's going to let other developers earn money off them too.  Today Facebook announced that it's opening up its own best-performing ad units …
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
The profusion of privacy-violating web trackers invalidates the already-shaky theory that ad-blocking violates an implied contract  —  The ethics of modern web ad-blocking  —  More than fifteen years ago, in response to decreasing ad rates and banner blindness, web advertisers and publishers adopted pop-up ads.
Maren Kate / Medium:
Zirtual announces it has been acquired by startup launch platform Startups.co, and will resume service  —  Zirtual: What Happened and What's Next  —  First, let me start by telling you a story...  Over four years ago I moved to San Francisco from Reno, Nevada, with a backpacker's pack …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Firefox 40 arrives with Windows 10 support, expanded malware protection, and new Android navigation gestures  —  Mozilla today launched Firefox 40 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.  Notable additions to the browser include official Windows 10 support, added protection against unwanted software downloads …
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Source: StumbleUpon to lay off about 70 of its 100 employees this week after failing to raise new round  —  StumbleUpon lays off dozens after failing to raise new round, source says  —  EXCLUSIVE:  —  Content discovery company StumbleUpon was unable to secure additional venture capital funding …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
iOS slips to 64% global enterprise share in Q2 2015, Android hits 32%, and Windows stays flat at 4%  —  iOS slips to 64% enterprise share in Q2 2015, Android hits 32%, and Windows stays flat at 4%  —  Apple continues to rule the mobile enterprise space, but its grip might be starting …
Steven Levy / Backchannel:
Buried in the Wordplay: Life Sciences Graduates From Google X  —  Buried in the Alphabet announcement was a significant piece of news: one of the new portfolio companies in Larry Page's Scrabble game is Life Sciences.  Until yesterday, the medical research operation had been one of the major …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
CurrentC-backer Rite Aid to reverse its stance, start accepting Apple Pay, as well as Google Wallet and Android Pay  —  CurrentC backer Rite Aid will soon start accepting Apple Pay after initially blocking it  —  [Update: Statement from CVS below the fold...]
Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Rdio to add 460 AM/FM stations owned and operated by Cumulus Media to its service Wednesday amid increasing competition  —  Rdio cues up traditional radio stations, hoping to get an edge on competition  —  The increasingly crowded streaming music industry is starting to look a little more like old-fashioned radio.

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