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September 1, 2015, 6:45 PM

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Tamar Yehoshua / Official Google Blog:
Google reveals new logo  —  Google's look, evolved  —  So why are we doing this now?  Once upon a time, Google was one destination that you reached from one device: a desktop PC.  These days, people interact with Google products across many different platforms, apps and devices—sometimes all in a single day.
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Sources: Apple escalates talks with Hollywood execs, seeking to have development and production teams ready by 2016 to compete with Netflix  —  Apple Eyes Move Into Original Programming (EXCLUSIVE)  —  The moment the media and technology industries have been expecting for years may finally be arriving …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Amazon lets iOS and Android users download some Prime Instant Video movies and TV shows for offline viewing  —  Amazon Lets Apple, Android Users Download Prime Videos  —  Amazon's Prime Video is a lot like Netflix: Both of the video streaming services have a lot of old TV shows …
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Third-generation Nest Thermostat launches today with a bigger, brighter screen for $249  —  Nest's Smart Thermostat Gets Updated With A Bigger, Brighter Screen  —  Back in June, Nest overhauled just about every product they make... save for one curious exception: the smart thermostat that most know them for best.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram Direct's 85M Users Can Now Reply With Photos In Snapchat-Style Visual Convos  —  Instagram Direct felt half-baked when the in-app chat feature launched without the ability to send photo replies in December 2013.  Still, the private group messaging feature built an audience …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, and Netflix launch Alliance for Open Media to develop next-generation of royalty-free video formats  —  Amazon, Netflix, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla And Others Partner To Create Next-Gen Video Format  —  Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel …
Mark Scott / New York Times:
European law firm Hausfeld and public affairs group Avisa launch GRIP, a platform to help companies sue Google in Europe  —  European Firms Team Up to Target Google in Civil Lawsuits  —  Google already faces antitrust charges from Europe's competition authorities.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
PayPal Launches PayPal.Me, A Simpler Way To Request Money Using Your Own Personalized URL  —  PayPal today is launching a new take on peer-to-peer payments with the debut of a platform it's calling PayPal.Me.  For the first time, PayPal customers will be able to set up their own user profiles …
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:
Sales automation startup Apptus raises $108M Series C at a valuation of more than $1B  —  Sales automation startup Apptus raises $108 million  —  Apptus is backed by Salesforce Ventures and makes a platform for configuring the quote-to-cash process.  —  Apptus, a maker of quote …
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Yummly Raises $15 Million At $100M Valuation For Its Recipe Recommendation And Food Delivery Business  —  Yummly, the online recipe recommendation and food delivery service has raised $15 million in a new round of funding led by Bauer Venture Partners that values the company at $100 million.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Nextbit launches Kickstarter seeking $500K for Robin, a $400 32GB Android phone with 100GB of cloud storage  —  Nextbit's Robin Is An Android Smartphone That Taps The Cloud For Bonus Smarts  —  A little over a year ago, we broke the news that Nextbit, a company founded by early Android veterans …

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