August 5, 2016, 5:45 PM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook starts testing MSQRD selfie filters in Canada and Brazil, opening to your camera instead of a status update prompt on top of your feed  —  Snapchat opens to the camera by default to spur content creation, and now Facebook is trying the same starting with an Olympics-themed test in Brazil and Canada.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Spotify launches Release Radar, a weekly personalized playlist of new music  —  Spotify is doubling down on its strategy to beat Apple Music with big data-driven personalized playlists like Discover Weekly — a huge hit that saw 40 million users in its first year.
Jeremy Burge / Emojipedia:
Apple's changing of the pistol emoji to a toy water gun in iOS 10 beta is a potentially dangerous decision  —  Apple announced a number of changes to their emoji set this week, including better representation of women, single-parent families, and a pride flag.
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Strategy Analytics: iPhone sales in India dropped 35% in Q2 YoY, left Apple with 2.4% of market that grew 19%  —  Tim Culpan is a technology columnist for Bloomberg Gadfly.  He previously covered technology for Bloomberg News.  —  +0.08  —  ON CLOSING, AUG 4  —  105.87USD
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:, one of world's largest torrent meta-search engines, shuts down without warning  —  Founded in 2003, Torrentz has been a stable factor in the torrent community for over 13 years.  —  With millions of visitors per day the site grew out to become one of the most visited torrent sites …
Alan Boyle / GeekWire:
Amazon unveils its first freighter “Prime Air” jet, the first of twenty to be leased from Atlas Air, in addition to the twenty leased from ATSG  —  The first freighter jet to carry the Amazon brand is primed for its public debut in Seafair's sunny skies, after making a stealthy flight …
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
HTC launches Viveport app store as the company continues to move all-in on VR  —  As the Vive becomes an increasingly essential part of HTC's future, the company is making sure that no stone is left unturned when it comes to potential profit.  What perhaps began as a side project for the company …

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