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July 13, 2016, 3:00 PM

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Financial Times:
Niantic CEO says the company is going to add “sponsored locations” to Pokémon Go, letting retailers and other companies sponsor places on the virtual map  —  The developer behind Pokémon Go , the smash hit location-based mobile game that has dominated US …
Greg Barbosa / 9to5Mac:
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple puts out open casting call for app creators for reality show “Planet of the Apps”, sheds more light on the series  —  Earlier this year it was announced that Apple was planning to launch its first original TV series about the “app economy.”
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google acquires Kifi, a sharing and recommendation app, team to join Spaces, app will be shut down over next few weeks  —  Google has made another small acquisition to help it continue building out its latest efforts in social apps.  The search and Android giant has hired the team behind Kifi …
Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Microsoft and Twitch announce capture card support for all Twitch Xbox One users broadcasting on Xbox Live  —  Today, in partnership with Twitch, we're pleased to announce capture card support for Twitch Xbox One broadcasters on Xbox Live.  Previously, only Xbox One players broadcasting …
Krystina Gustafson / CNBC:
Amazon's sales rise 60% YoY worldwide, 50% in the US, on Prime Day, making it the biggest sales day ever  —  So much for concerns that the second Prime Day event didn't live up to Amazon's expectations.  —  The online retailer said Wednesday that the self-created holiday was its biggest sales day ever …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Sen. Franken writes to Niantic about Pokémon Go privacy policy scope, 3rd-party sharing, whether some practices could be opt-in, collection of child data, more  —  Always with his finger on the pulse, Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) today sent an official letter to Niantic asking …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Recent events show how Facebook and Twitter serve complementary roles during breaking news, strengthening each other  —  For years, Facebook and Twitter have been at odds over news.  But if we've learned anything in the past week it might be that it's not clear that either service has to lose for the other to win.
Nathan Donato-Weinstein / Silicon Valley Business …:
Google, LinkedIn announce real-estate swap giving Google LinkedIn's Mountain View headquarters and LinkedIn several buildings to consolidate staff in Sunnyvale  —  Putting aside years of fierce competition for scarce real estate in Mountain View, Google Inc. and LinkedIn Corp. have struck a …
TechCrunch:
Codecademy raises $30M Series C, led by Naspers, to aid company's global expansion and brings total funds raised to date to $42.5M  —  Jul 12, 2016, 3:41 amJul 12, 2016, 9:35 am  —  Codecademy, an online coding school with 16 million registered users, has built out its footprint without charging its students a penny to use it.

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