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July 19, 2016, 4:00 PM

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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 …
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.
Reuters:
Brazilian judge orders phone carriers to block WhatsApp, the third such incident in 8 months  —  A Brazilian judge ordered wireless phone carriers to block access to Facebook Inc's WhatsApp indefinitely, starting on Tuesday, the third such incident against the popular phone messaging app in eight months.
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.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Skycure lands $16.5M Series B round for mobile cybersecurity platform  —  Sitting in a Tel Aviv office, my interviewee borrowed my iPhone for a simple demo.  Inside two minutes, he was displaying my key strokes and web browsing onto a big screen in the meeting room, entirely remotely.
Andrew Dalton / Engadget:
Mercedes' CityPilot autonomous bus technology connects to city network, communicates with infrastructure on a 20km test drive in the Netherlands  —  Mercedes-Benz's CityPilot autonomous bus technology just got a real-world, long-range test drive on the streets and highways of the Netherlands.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
NBA to create two original programs to stream exclusively on Twitter, post more game highlights on the social network and Vine  —  But Twitter isn't getting any game broadcasts.  —  Twitter has secured the rights to stream live video content from the NBA starting next season.

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