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August 4, 2016, 9:45 AM

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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 …
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. …
Mariella Moon / Engadget:
Touchscreen intercom Nucleus debuts with Alexa integration, on sale today for $249  —  Most people have smartphones and tablets (sometimes, in multiples) these days and don't actually need an intercom.  But if you're looking for one and want something more feature-packed than your typical walkie-talkie …
Gordon Mah Ung / PCWorld:
Intel recalls Basis Peak fitness watches due to overheating in its continuous heart monitor that poses a burn hazard, will turn off Basis Peak service Dec. 31  —  The serious recall leaves Intel's wearables strategy up in the air.  —  Executive Editor, PCWorld
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.
Dave Teare / AgileBits Blog:
1Password debuts $2.99/month personal subscription for its hosted password sync service, previously just for teams and families  —  Today is a very exciting day in the world of passwords!  We have not one, not two, but three(!) incredible things to announce:
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 …
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.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple Music for Android exits beta, gains equalizer support & bug fixes  —  Apple today pushed a new update to Apple Music for Android that officially brings the app out of its extended public beta period.  With the update, Apple Music for Android is now at version 1.0, nearly 10 months after its initial release to the Play Store.

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Making gaming accessible to all  —  Read the story behind the new Xbox Adaptive Controller, which will make gaming accessible to people with a broad range of disabilities.
eero:
CNET: eero Labs introduces a new innovation playground for networks.  —  eero is introducing eero Labs to give its customers a chance to try out new features on its mesh Wi-Fi system before they go mainstream.
IBM:
Multi-platinum music producer collaborates with AI and APIs  —  See how IBM partnered with Spotify to help Alex da Kid find the perfect match for his upcoming single.
Zoho:
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CB Insights:
How Google Plans To Use AI To Reinvent The $3 Trillion US Healthcare Industry  —  In this report we explore Google's many healthcare initiatives and areas of potential future expansion.

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