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August 6, 2016, 7:20 PM

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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.
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Disney launches its own messaging app, Disney Mix, aimed at kids and families  —  Disney today is wading into the mobile messaging marketwith a new chat applicationcalled Disney Mix, aimed at kids, tweens and families.  While the app will compete to some extent with popular messaging clients like WhatsApp …
Cade Metz / Wired:
Inside DARPA's first Cyber Grand Challenge, which pitted bot against bot to exploit security holes  —  Last night, at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, seven autonomous bots proved that hacking isn't just for humans.  —  The Paris ballroom played host to the Darpa Cyber Grand Challenge …
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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 …
Bloomberg:
Filing: Airbnb raising $850M, sources say at a $30B valuation, bringing total raised to about $3.2B  —  The home-sharing company Airbnb Inc. is raising $850 million, according to a disclosure filed with the state of Delaware.  —  The equity round values the San Francisco-based company at $30 billion, people told Bloomberg in June.
Lydia Ramsey / Business Insider:
Honor, a startup that helps connect seniors with home care workers, raises $42M led by Thrive Capital  —  Honor, a Silicon Valley-based company that helps connect seniors to home care professionals, has raised another $42 million to help it take over the multi-billion-dollar home care industry.
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 …

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