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August 10, 2016, 6:20 AM

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Ina Fried / Recode:
Intel is acquiring deep-learning company Nervana Systems, the first big exit for Andy Rubin's Playground Global; a source says the deal is valued at $400M+  —  The chip giant is betting that machine learning is going to be a big deal in the data center.  —  Intel is snapping …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Chrome will block “behind the scenes” Flash content in September, make HTML5 the default for central content in December  —  Google has shared more details of its plan to replace Flash with HTML5 by default in Chrome.  In September 2016, Chrome will block Flash content …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Google Maps for Android gets Wi-Fi-only mode and SD card download option  —  Google is making its Maps app more accessible to users in emerging markets with two nifty features for the Android version of the service.  —  The company today announced a Wi-Fi-only option for the Google Maps app for Android …
Raymond M. Soneira / DisplayMate:
Galaxy Note7 has “the most innovative and high performance” smartphone display tested to date; with 518 PPI, it reaches limit of perceptible sharpness  —  The key element for a great Smartphone has always been a truly innovative and top performing display, and the best leading edge Smartphones …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Facebook aims to bypass ad blockers on desktop by changing signifiers used to detect ads, will roll out improved ad preferences tool to opt out of targeted ads  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Digital ads pop up online so frequently and ubiquitously that many people are using software to block them.
Dave Smith / Business Insider:
Sony announces September 7 event, where it will likely unveil an upgraded PlayStation 4 with more horsepower and 4K support  —  Sony PlayStation on Tuesday afternoon sent invites for an event on September 7 called “PlayStation Meeting,” where the company will “share details about the PlayStation business.”
James Vincent / The Verge:
Researcher: Samsung Pay flaw could let hackers skim payment tokens, make fraudulent payments; Samsung says attack is extremely difficult, deems risk acceptable  —  Contactless mobile payments come as standard in Samsung's latest Galaxy smartphones, but a hacker has found a way to intercept their signals.
Alex Dobie / Android Central:
Android's Verify Apps feature, included in Google Play Services and enabled by default since Android 4.2, can identify and block apps using the QuadRooter flaw  —  Latest exploit is roadblocked on 90% of Android devices, thanks to security feature enabled in Android 4.2.
Edmund Lee / Recode:
Disney buys a 33% stake for $1B in streaming firm BAMTech, now spun out of MLB digital business, and plans streaming sports network  —  If cord-cutting ever gets bad, Disney now has an easier way to go direct to consumer.  —  Disney is buying a one-third stake in streaming video company BAM Tech …
Gmail Blog:
Google's Inbox now bundles Trello and Github emails, summarizes Google News alerts, and lets users save files to Google Drive  —  Staying on top of your to-do list can be a challenge.  In order to get things done, you often need to hunt through your inbox to find what you're looking for …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google tests a more personalized version of its virtual assistant, Google Now, with a new feature called Explore Interests that lets users pick specific topics  —  Google Now, the intelligent personal assistant bundled into Android and Google's search application, is already adept at bringing …
Wall Street Journal:
P&G cuts back on targeted Facebook ads, finding broader Facebook campaigns more effective, as Facebook adds tools to boost brand awareness for big advertisers  —  Move shows challenges of such limits on big brands; Facebook offers new tools for large companies
 

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