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August 2, 2016, 1:20 PM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram “Stories” clones Snapchat's Stories feature for ephemeral photo and video slideshows, will roll out globally on iOS and Android over next few weeks  —  People only post the highlights of their life on Instagram, so today the app adds its own version of “Stories” …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Hands-on with Samsung Galaxy Note 7: the 5.7"-display phablet has a curved-screen, bezel-free design, iris scanner unlock; pre-orders start tomorrow, price TBD  —  Here it is: The new phone that was so exciting the company went ahead and skipped a full number upgrade (the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 …
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Xbox One S review: striking new design, 4K and HDR are good though limited, but hard to recommend with the more powerful Project Scorpio coming in 2017  —  Review: Welcome new design, 4K and HDR tricks under the hood—but are those enough?  —  What was going on in the Microsoft Devices Group during the Xbox One's design phase?
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Salesforce buys word processing app Quip, sources say for $750M  —  Salesforce is continuing its buying spree to expand the services that it offers to its customers.  The company has just announced that it is acquiring Quip, the cloud-based word processing app that was co-founded by Bret Taylor, formerly CTO of Facebook.
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Less than 6 months after joining, Twitter VP of communications Natalie Kerris is leaving the company  —  Natalie Kerris, who joined Twitter as its VP of communications in February, is leaving the company, BuzzFeed News has learned.  Leslie Berland, Twitter's chief marketing officer …
Wall Street Journal:
Didi's acquisition of Uber China and $1B investment in Uber leaves the future of Lyft's alliance with Didi in doubt  —  Lyft sees ally Didi team with its biggest rival, which is now no longer burdened by China  —  Uber Technologies Inc.'s retreat from China creates ripples in its second-biggest market …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Philips launches a health app, several smart health devices: $250 watch, $100 scale, $60 ear thermometer, $100 upper arm and $90 wrist blood pressure monitors  —  Philips is no stranger to health.  In fact, Philips Healthcare (nee Philips Medical Systems) comprises a big chunk …
Reuters:
Hackers accessed Telegram messaging accounts in Iran, identified phone numbers of 15M+ users, say experts  —  Iranian hackers have compromised more than a dozen accounts on the Telegram instant messaging service and identified the phone numbers of 15 million Iranian users …
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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google says links in mobile search results will soon take you to AMP version of page, if available, not the traditional HTML page  —  Google's “Accelerated Mobile Pages,” more commonly known as AMP, are meant to be a reboot of the mobile web.  Designed to fix mobile webpages that suck …

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Microsoft:
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IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
At Zoho Recruit, We Take Workflows very Personnel-ly  —  Here's the thing about workflows.  They are very difficult to understand until you actually start working with them.  —  But, for recruiters …

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