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July 8, 2016, 10:30 PM

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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Facebook starts testing opt-in end-to-end encryption in Messenger; chats visible on one device on each end, messages can self-destruct after a pre-set time  —  Just a few years ago, end-to-end encryption was a nerdy niche: a tiny collection of obscure software let you encrypt communication …
BBC:
EU-US Privacy Shield data pact gets approval from European governments, paving the way for the formal adoption early next week  —  A revised pact governing EU-US data flows has been approved by European governments.  —  The Privacy Shield agreement replaces the previous accord …
Ross Todd / LAW.com:
IRS examining Facebook tax liabilities related to transfer of many global assets to Ireland in 2010, seeks court order for documents firm has failed to provide  —  SAN FRANCISCO—The U.S. Department of Justice is asking for a court order forcing Facebook Inc. to provide information …
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
Microsoft's Project Malmo platform for testing AI algorithms in Minecraft, formerly known as Project AIX, goes open source and is now available on GitHub  —  The system, now available to all, uses Minecraft to test artificial intelligence protocols.  —  Microsoft has released artificial …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Facebook Heavily Promotes Live Video But Struggles To Deal With Its Visceral Aftermath  —  Last night, at 10:06 P.M., a woman by the name of Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds went live on Facebook for roughly ten minutes.  During that time, she chronicled the last conscious moments of her boyfriend …
Eric Abent / SlashGear:
Estimote adds programmable NFC chips to the next generation of its Proximity Beacons, shipping later this month  —  Today Estimote has announced a rather significant update to its wireless Proximity Beacons.  The Google Eddystone-compatible beacons, which aim to give users contextual experiences …
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Source: ESPN plans to offer live programming packages directly to consumers on the web, won't include pro football or basketball  —  Walt Disney's ESPN sports network plans to unveil a package of live programming it will offer directly to consumers on the Web, said a person with knowledge of the plans.
AFP:
Putin signs anti-terrorism law requiring communication providers in Russia to store user calls, messages, other data for 6 months, metadata for up to 3 years  —  Moscow (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a package of controversial anti-terror amendments dubbed …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Siris Capital to buy Polycom for $2B in cash, Polycom cancels its $1.96B Mitel merger  —  Here's an interesting twist in one of the bigger enterprise acquisition stories of 2016.  After Mitel earlier this year announced that it would acquire Polycom for $1.96 billion and consolidate …

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