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August 3, 2016, 4:55 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Wal-Mart is in talks to buy online retailer Jet.com; one source says Jet.com could be valued at up to $3B in private markets  —  Jet.com launched one year ago and raised more than $500 million  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is in talks to buy online discount retailer Jet.com Inc. …
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Apple says 27% of new hires in US last year were underrepresented minorities, up 6% since 2013, wage gap closed for females and minorities; progress still slow  —  Cupertino, Calif — Faculty and students from historically black colleges crowded onto Apple's campus this week …
Nick Sarafolean / Android and Me:
BlackBerry debuts Hub+, a suite of apps including its messaging Hub, Calendar, and Notes, for Android Marshmallow phones at $0.99/month with 30-day free trial  —  BlackBerry has had its share of rough times, facing extinction more than once.  But the company seems to be finding stable footing again …
Christina Cacioppo / Dropbox Blog:
Dropbox's collaborative document editor Paper reaches open beta, launches on iOS and Android  —  We built Dropbox Paper to help fast-moving teams create collaborative docs and share important information.  It's a big part of how we're reimagining the way people work together.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Time Warner buying 10% of Hulu for $583M, will join Hulu's new pay TV service, says Time Warner CFO during earnings call  —  This TV package is different from the rest.  —  After months of talks, Time Warner is buying a chunk of Hulu, the web TV service.  —  The deal means Time Warner …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Inside Area 404, Facebook's 22K square foot hardware lab at its Menlo Park HQ, built to avoid outsourcing delays and cut time from concept to working prototype  —  This is where Facebook will prototype its solar drones, Internet-beaming lasers, VR headsets, and next-gen servers.
Michael Fortin / Windows Blog:
Windows 10 Anniversary Update starts rolling out today via Windows Update or manual download  —  Starting today the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will begin rolling out for our customers around the world*.  The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is full of new features and innovations …
Cliff Kuang / Co.Design:
Airbnb's in-house innovation lab “Samara” for experimental hospitality projects launches with a “community center” to attract tourists to little-traveled towns  —  Airbnb announces a brand-new innovation lab called Samara, whose first project is a novel community center in Japan.
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Privacy International releases a searchable database of 500+ surveillance companies, Surveillance Industry Index, including company brochures and export data  —  The surveillance industry is notoriously secretive and opaque.  But on Tuesday, activists at Privacy International released …
Telegram:
Telegram says only publicly available data collected in attack on Telegram in Iran, which included phone numbers of 15M accounts; limitations on API introduced  —  Certain people checked whether some Iranian numbers were registered on Telegram and were able to confirm this for 15 million accounts.

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