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July 28, 2016, 2:40 PM

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Jay Greene / Wall Street Journal:
Oracle to Buy Cloud-Software Provider NetSuite for $9.3 Billion  —  Larry Ellison is largest holder of NetSuite, which is led by an ex-Oracle executive  —  Oracle Corp. agreed to buy NetSuite Inc. for $9.3 billion, among the largest acquisitions in its history, bolstering …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
IDC: Smartphone shipments flat for second quarter in a row; Samsung widens lead over Apple in Q2 2016  —  Smartphone vendors shipped a total of 343.3 million smartphones worldwide last quarter.  This figure is up just 0.3 percent from the 342.4 million units in Q2 2015.  Sound familiar?
Bloomberg:
Source: Apple's car project switches focus to developing an autonomous driving software system, though Apple isn't ditching efforts to create its own vehicle  —  Dan Dodge, former founder, CEO of QNX, joined Apple this year  —  Bob Mansfield took over cars initiative with emphasis on tech
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
Didi Chuxing and Uber to become legal in China starting November; drivers must be licensed, have three years experience, and no criminal record  —  HONG KONG — Ride-hailing services in China have attracted billions of dollars in investments.  They have pulled in money from some of the …
Wall Street Journal:
How Apple's assertive negotiating style alienated cable providers and networks, and hurt its efforts to revolutionize the TV industry  —  In search of its new big thing, the company has alienated cable providers and networks with an assertive negotiating style; ‘time is on my side’
Ian Paul / PCWorld:
Cortana in Windows 10 Anniversary Update can't be turned off fully, but its reach can be limited  —  ...but you can lessen her awareness.  —  Microsoft made an interesting decision with Windows 10's Anniversary Update, which is now in its final stages of development before it rolls out on August 2.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Upthere, a cloud storage service letting all your devices see the same files, exits beta, announces $77M in funding led by KPCB and Western Digital  —  Upthere isn't your parents' personal cloud storage service.  The team behind the service, which is coming out of beta today with $77 million …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook reports searches up 33% over past nine months to 2B per day, as it hopes to attract more of the chatter that ends up on Twitter  —  Facebook wants to be known as a place to search for mentions of current news in hopes of drawing more public chatter that normally ends up on Twitter.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Garrett Camp's Expa Studios launches Haus, a startup that digitizes the buying and selling of residential property to increase transparency  —  Garrett Camp, Uber cofounder and CEO of Expa Studios, is today unveiling Expa's latest project, Haus.  Haus is the studio's first real estate play …

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