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August 16, 2016, 1:05 PM

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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?
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Hackers post malware allegedly created by NSA-linked Equation Group in online auction; Wikileaks says it will publish the tools; Snowden tweets likely scenarios  —  In what Edward Snowden deems “not unprecedented,” hackers calling themselves the Shadow Brokers have collected NSA-created malware from a staging server run by the
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Samsung Galaxy Note7 review: the best big phone on the market, though it's expensive and loaded with bloatware on some carriers  —  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 …
Jessica Conditt / Engadget:
Minecraft gets Oculus Rift support 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 …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Hike, an Indian WhatsApp rival, raises a $175M Series D round led by Tencent and Foxconn at a $1.4B valuation  —  India has a new tech unicorn.  Hike, a four-year-old messaging app, today announced that it has closed $175 million in funding led by new investors Chinese internet giant Tencent and manufacturing firm Foxconn.
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 …

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