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July 23, 2016, 12:10 PM

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Kara Swisher / Recode:
Sources: Verizon is close to a deal to acquire Yahoo for about $5B  —  The plan is to combine it with AOL.  —  Verizon is closing in on a deal to buy Yahoo's core business for about $5 billion, according to sources familiar with the talks.  —  Verizon has long been considered the favorite …
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Sources: Cyanogen Inc. is undergoing major layoffs, may “pivot” to apps  —  We're hearing from multiple sources that Cyanogen Inc. is in the midst of laying off a significant portion of its workforce around the world today.  The layoffs most heavily impact the open source arm of the Android ROM-gone-startup …
Brian Crecente / Polygon:
Pokémon Go sets App Store record for most downloads in its first week, Apple confirms  —  CLASH OF WHAT NOW?  —  There is still no official word on the number of times the incredibly popular Pokémon Go game has been downloaded, but Apple today confirmed to Polygon that the game has broken a record.
Tom Spring / Threatpost:
EFF sues US over Digital Millennium Copyright Act clause that restricts tinkering with systems that protect copyrighted materials like films, audio, and code  —  The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a lawsuit Thursday against the U.S. Government over a provision within …
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Judge Orders Yahoo to Explain How It Recovered ‘Deleted’ Emails in Drugs Case  —  A judge has ordered Yahoo to present a witness and provide documents explaining how the company handles supposedly deleted emails.  —  The move comes in the appeal case of a drug trafficker who was convicted …
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Brad Chacos / PCWorld:
Nvidia unveils new flagship graphics card, the $1,200 Titan X with 12GB GDDR5X memory, claims it is up to 60% faster than previous Titan X, goes on sale Aug. 2  —  Well THAT came out of nowhere.  —  While much of the United States was either preparing to tuck in for the night …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Edward Snowden and hacker Andrew Huang present designs for a device to monitor whether your iPhone's radios are transmitting when they are supposed to be off  —  When Edward Snowden met with reporters in a Hong Kong hotel room to spill the NSA's secrets, he famously asked them put their phones …
TechCrunch:
Sources say Reddit's efforts to remake itself are faltering under CEO Steve Huffman and founder Alexis Ohanian's leadership as more key employees depart  —  It's been one year since Reddit revolted.  When the company cracked down on revenge porn and subreddits containing offensive content last summer …
Leena Rao / Fortune:
Jet.com execs talk about first 12 months since launch, future plans, say company is now on a $1.1B annual run rate  —  A year ago yesterday, Jet.com, the e-commerce upstart gunning for Amazon, opened for business.  It premiered with a huge amount of hype after getting hundreds of millions …

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