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July 13, 2016, 9:35 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 …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Skype announces new WebRTC alpha version for Linux; Chromebook users can now make voice calls too  —  Skype has announced a brand-new version of Skype for Linux users today, as the Microsoft-owned VoIP client looks to play catch up with its brethren on other platforms.
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.”
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Inside Facebook's Mobile Device Lab, which houses about 60 server racks to test its apps for performance and battery consumption on older phones  —  Deep inside Facebook's very first data center, located in a sprawling facility in the hills of Prineville, OR, lies a series of about 60 server racks.
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Tor Project replaces its board with a new slate of directors including Bruce Schneier and Matt Blaze, in the wake of Jacob Appelbaum's resignation  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Tor Project, a nonprofit digital privacy group, on Wednesday replaced its board with a new slate of directors as part …
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 …

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