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July 9, 2016, 1:50 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 …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Satya Nadella and other Microsoft executives discuss the company's AI plans and why it has a competitive advantage  —  Satya Nadella bounded into the conference room, eager to talk about intelligence.  I was at Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, WA, and the company's CEO was touting …
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 …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Twitter is talking to the NBA, MLS and Turner to buy rights to more sports streams  —  Twitter is looking to ink more NFL-style streaming deals.  —  Twitter wants to stream more TV-like live video around major sporting events, so it's approaching the folks who control those rights to cut a deal.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
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 …
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 …
Jerry Beilinson / Consumer Reports:
Samsung Galaxy S7 Active Fails Consumer Reports Water-Resistance Test  —  The phone is supposed to survive 30 minutes in 5 feet of water.  In our testing, it didn't.  —  Commercials for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge showed hip-hop's Lil Wayne pouring Champagne over the phone and dunking it in a fish tank.
Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:
‘Pokémon Go’ international rollout will be ‘paused’ as players overload the system  —  People love “Pokémon Go,” the new smash-hit iPhone and Android game that lets you catch pocket monsters in real life, so much so that the strain on the servers keeps crashing it for most people.
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 …

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