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July 10, 2016, 6:35 PM

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Although Pokémon Go's sudden success is driven by nostalgia, Pokémon's mechanics are uniquely suited for augmented reality  —  Basically everyone is Pokémon Go-ing according to Twitter, and I'm sure basic resources like power and water will soon start to shut down because key staff are out chasing Pikachu.
Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft updates Skype Bot platform with group support, adds support for new Slack and Facebook features to Bot Framework  —  Microsoft is updating its Microsoft Bot and Skype Bot platforms with new capabilities, as well as additional support for Facebook and Slack bot features.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Seeking to replace microSD with a faster successor, Samsung announces world's first removable UFS memory cards, but no devices support them yet  —  What comes after microSD cards for removable storage?  Samsung has the answer: UFS.  The company announced today the world's first removable UFS …
Bradley Klapper / Associated Press:
White House says ISIS Twitter traffic dropped 45% after two years of sustained alternative messaging by the US and its partners  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State group's Twitter traffic has plunged 45 percent in the past two years, the Obama administration says, as the U.S. and its allies …
Jacob Donnelly / CoinDesk:
As Bitcoin “halving” cut miner rewards by 50% on Saturday, experts ponder possible effects on Bitcoin price, mining industry  —  It's an event that brings equal parts predictability and uncertainty.  —  For close to a year, bitcoin miners and investors have been preparing for an event nicknamed ‘the halving’.
Sarah Kessler / Fast Company:
Home-cooking startup Josephine's struggle with murky laws and regulations raises questions about the future of the food-sharing economy  —  Politicians talk big about supporting innovation, but as home-cooking startup Josephine discovered, the system isn't designed that way.
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.
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 …
Jennifer Baker / Ars Technica:
BT, Vodafone, and other European telcos publish “5G Manifesto” seeking lighter net neutrality regulation to encourage next generation network investment  —  BT, Vodafone, and chums all flex muscles, press for lighter regulation.  —  BRUSSELS—A coalition of nearly 20 telcos including BT …
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Inside Google and Microsoft's efforts to catch Amazon in the cloud computing services space  —  For months and months, as Google's brain trust searched for the ideal candidate to lead the company's come-from-behind bid for its biggest new opportunity since Larry Page and Sergey Brin began putting ads …
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