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July 7, 2016, 12:55 PM

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Launching Public Betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra Today  —  Two days after releasing the second developer betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra for testing, Apple today is launching its public beta program for the forthcoming updates, allowing a broader cross section of users to test …
Ina Fried / Recode:
Microsoft to split chief operating officer duties between five executives as current COO Kevin Turner leaves  —  Turner had served as head of Microsoft's sales team for the past 11 years.  —  Kevin Turner, the former Walmart executive who has led Microsoft's sales team for the past 11 years …
Jonathan Keane / Tech.eu:
Antivirus software firm AVG acquired by Avast Software for $1.3 billion  —  Antivirus software company AVG Technologies has been acquired by rival Avast Software for $1.3 billion.  —  Both companies were founded in the Czech Republic and expanded globally with AVG going public in 2012.
Motherboard:
Facebook Live has become the de facto platform for live controversial video, putting the company's rules and judgement under scrutiny  —  A video of the aftermath of a fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer was temporarily removed from Facebook.  The company has said the removal was due to a “technical glitch.”
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Source: Google is working on two Android Wear smartwatches with Google Assistant integration to be released after the new Nexus handsets are announced  —  Speaking to Android Police, a reliable source has told us that Google is currently building two Android Wear devices - possibly Nexus-branded …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Snapchat is rolling out Memories, a searchable in-app archive for sharing past photos and videos, including from your phone's camera roll, on iOS and Android  —  At a time when its social networking rivals are racing to promote more real-time sharing, Snapchat is turning its attention to the past.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Facebook's OpenCellular is a new open-source wireless access platform for remote areas; hardware plans are freely available to researchers and manufacturers  —  Facebook is clearly very serious about its mission to connect the world and in the process, it has launched solar-powered drones …
Elad Blog:
Tech VCs, to their own detriment, are increasingly investing in businesses that aren't software-driven  —  One sign that technology markets often exhibit at the tail end of a cycle is a fast diversification of the types of startups getting funded.  For example, following the core internet boom …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Twitter tests sports coverage, starting with Wimbledon stream, featuring video and scrollable tweets on dedicated Live page  —  Twitter is streaming Wimbledon, our first glimpse at live sports on Twitter.  —  Twitter wants to get into the business of streaming live sports …
Aneto Okonkwo / Inside Search:
Google updates Now on Tap with text translations from any screen, search by QR or bar code, and “Discover mode” for getting a stream of related visual content  —  With Now on Tap, Android Marshmallow users can get quick help from Google without having to stop what they're doing.

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