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August 7, 2016, 4:10 AM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom gives full credit to Snapchat for Stories format, and looks at how tech companies build on each others' innovations  —  The one thing you never hear in Silicon Valley is an entrepreneur admit they copied someone else.  Yet there in the headquarters of Facebook …
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.

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Microsoft:
Winning hackathon project now helping millions read and write  —  Teacher Merlyne Graves used to spend hours recording for her students who struggled with reading.  Not any more.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
At Zoho Recruit, We Take Workflows very Personnel-ly  —  Here's the thing about workflows.  They are very difficult to understand until you actually start working with them.  —  But, for recruiters …

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