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August 6, 2016, 1:00 AM

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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Sources: Apple acquires Seattle-based machine learning startup Turi for around $200M  —  Machine learning and artificial intelligence startup Turi has been acquired by Apple in a deal characterized as a blockbuster exit for the Seattle-based company, formerly known as Dato and GraphLab, GeekWire has learned.
Recode:
Chris Urmson, CTO of Google's self-driving car project, announces he is leaving after seven years  —  A key executive of Google's self-driving car project is leaving the company.  Chris Urmson, who serves as CTO and technical lead, announced that he was leaving after seven years.
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.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
US Copyright Office sides with cable companies on set-top boxes, says proposed FCC rules may encourage piracy  —  Set-top box rules could enable piracy, copyright official warns.  —  The United States Copyright Office has sided with cable companies in their fight against a Federal …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Torrentz.eu, 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 …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
NPD: sales of portable power packs for mobile devices doubled between July 10 and July 23 compared to same period a year ago, likely due to Pokémon Go  —  Early on in the Pokémon Go hype cycle, there were signs that players were driving a significant uptick in sales of backup batteries …
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
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.
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 …

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