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August 3, 2016, 9:15 PM

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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. …
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.
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.
A. J. Crane / YouTube Blog:
YouTube Kids app now supports YouTube Red subscription service features in the US, Australia, and New Zealand, including offline viewing, ad-free videos  —  Back in October we launched YouTube Red, a paid membership that makes everything you love about YouTube even better …
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 …
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:
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.
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
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.
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 …

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