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July 19, 2016, 10:40 PM

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Microsoft:
Microsoft reports non-GAAP revenue of $22.6B, operating income of $6.2B for FY16 Q4; commercial cloud annualized revenue run rate exceeds $12.1B  —  Microsoft Cloud Strength Highlights Fourth Quarter Results  —  Commercial cloud annualized revenue run rate exceeds $12.1 billion
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Nick Statt / The Verge:
Twitter now lets anyone request a verified account  —  Twitter is opening the blue checkmark to everyone.  Starting today, the company will let users request a verified account on its website by filling out a form with a verified phone number and email address, a profile photo …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Snapchat confirms acquisition of Toronto startup Bitstrips, integrates Bitmojis into app to offer more personalized emoji  —  Snapchat bought Bitstrips, the startup behind Bitmoji, back in March.  The acquisition was worth a reported $100 million, but at the time, how the product would be integrated wasn't clear.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Sources: Pokémon Go to launch in Japan tomorrow; McDonald's will be the first launch partner, with 3K+ stores set to be sponsored “gym” locations  —  Pokémon Go fever has doubled the value of Nintendo's business, pushing it past Sony in the process.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Twitter permanently suspends Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos for repeated violation of rules regarding targeted abuse of users  —  After years of provocation, Twitter has permanently banned Milo Yiannopoulos from its service.  —  After years of provocation, Twitter has permanently banned Milo Yiannopoulos from its service.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Nintendo's market value more than doubles to $42.5B since Pokémon Go release, surpasses Sony market value of about $40B  —  For a game that isn't even technically a Nintendo property, Pokémon Go is having quite the healthy impact on the Japanese company's finances.
Guillermo Parra-Bernal / Reuters:
Brazil's Federal Supreme Court suspends a ruling by a low-tier judge that had blocked WhatsApp  —  Brazil's Federal Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended a ruling by a low-tier judge ordering wireless phone carriers to block access to Facebook Inc's WhatsApp, the third such decision against the popular phone messaging app in eight months.
Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
Music-streaming service Deezer launches to all in the US for $10 per month with 30-day free trial  —  The French company goes up against an array of competitors, including Spotify and Apple Music  —  French music-streaming service Deezer is launching to the masses in the U.S. this week …
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
WiFi Startup Zenreach Emerges From Stealth With $50 Million And Peter Thiel On Its Board  —  Jack Abraham's idea was so simple that for three years, he kept his startup quiet.  On LinkedIn it was simply “new company.”  And he raised $50 million across three rounds of funding without a peep to the press.

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