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August 16, 2016, 10:25 AM

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Jessica E. Lessin / The Information:
Source: Snapchat to buy recommendation app Vurb for around $110M plus retention payouts totaling nearly as much  —  Snapchat is tiptoeing into search.  —  The company is acquiring recommendation app Vurb for around $110 million plus additional team retention payouts totaling nearly as much …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Google's bare-bones FaceTime competitor Duo launches for iOS and Android, won't connect with other communication apps from Google like Hangouts, upcoming Allo  —  Can Google spring back from its social failures with a bare-bones video-calling app that unites iOS and Android users?
Jessica Conditt / Engadget:
Minecraft gets Oculus Rift support today as part of an update to Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta  —  Minecraft has landed on the Oculus Rift as part of a free update to the Windows 10 Edition beta.  Anyone who owns the PC or Mac version of Minecraft is automatically granted access …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review: the best big phone that outdoes competitors, though expensive, with carrier bloatware  —  There is no greater evidence of The Future of Computing than the big-screened smartphone.  Big phones have become the de facto personal computers for many people …
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Twitter debuts Promoted #Stickers for brands, starting with Pepsi; clicking on a Promoted Sticker takes you to tweets containing the same sticker  —  Platform Pursuing Its Turn Toward the Visual  —  Twitter has introduced its first “#Promoted Stickers” campaign, with Pepsi as its inaugural customer.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google is discontinuing Google+ Hangouts On Air on September 12, pushes users to YouTube Live  —  Google today quietly announced that Google+ Hangouts On Air will no longer be available on September 12.  Four weeks from now, Google users will be asked to use YouTube Live instead.

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