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July 21, 2016, 2:30 AM

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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Alleged owner of biggest torrent site, KickassTorrents, arrested in Poland on US charges of copyright infringement and money laundering, KAT domains seized  —  With millions of unique visitors per day KickassTorrents (KAT) has become the most-used torrent site on the Internet, beating even The Pirate Bay.
Paul Thurrott / Thurrott.com:
How Skype is transitioning from a legacy P2P infrastructure to a new mobile-friendly, cloud-based solution, expecting to complete the transition this year  —  Good news for those stung by Skype weirdness and reliability issues over the past several months: The problems have been caused …
Avery Hartmans / Business Insider:
Airbnb hires former Attorney General Eric Holder to help “craft a world-class anti-discrimination policy”  —  Airbnb has hired former Attorney General Eric Holder.  —  CEO Brian Chesky announced the hire in a blog post on Airbnb's website.  Holder will help “craft …
Lauren Goode / The Verge:
Corning unveils Gorilla Glass 5, claims 0.6mm thick glass will not break 80% of the time when dropped from 1.6 meters  —  Glassmaker Corning just unveiled its newest version of Gorilla Glass, the chemically strengthened super glass that dozens of consumer electronics makers use in their devices.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
A history of Facebook Messenger as it reaches 1B monthly users five years after its debut; 17B photos are now sent through the service each month  —  Facebook's gamble of forcing users to download Messenger has paid off.  Despite the backlash, Messenger has doubled its user count in 20 months …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Microsoft debuts Bookings, a new Office 365 service for online appointment scheduling  —  Microsoft this morning announced an expansion to its Office 365 suite with the debut of a new service called Bookings, which will allow customers to schedule appointments with a business using online software.
Jack Clark / Bloomberg:
Google says DeepMind-powered AI has improved its datacenters' power usage efficiency by 15%  —  Game-playing AI coordinates data center tasks like cooling  —  DeepMind efficiencies cover part of cost of 2014 acquisition  —  Google just paid for part of its acquisition of DeepMind in a surprising way.
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
The French National Data Protection Commission serves notice to Microsoft for Windows 10 privacy failings, gives company three months to comply  —  Strict online privacy laws in the EU continue to bedevil American tech companies.  Latest to catch flak is Microsoft, over a handful of objections from a French data protection agency.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
SwiftKey debuts emoji prediction keyboard Swiftmoji, its first product since the Microsoft acquisition  —  Keyboard app maker Swiftkey, which was acquired by Microsoft for $250 million in February, has officially launched its first product since that acquisition — and it's an emoji-predicting keyboard app, called Swiftmoji.
Benjamin Smedberg / Future Releases:
Firefox will block non-essential, invisible Flash content starting in August  —  Browser plugins, especially Flash, have enabled some of our favorite experiences on the Web, including videos and interactive content.  But plugins often introduce stability, performance, and security issues for browsers.
Jordan Pearson / Motherboard:
Mining is underway for a new Ethereum blockchain, following a hard fork that refunds ether to original investors of the hacked DAO  —  Ethereum, a virtual currency and coding platform, passed one of the most important and potentially dangerous milestones for any piece of software on Wednesday …

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