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August 23, 2016, 10:50 AM

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Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Amazon hopes to launch unlimited, ad-free, $4-$5/month Echo-only music streaming service in September, has yet to finalize deals with labels  —  Spotify, Apple Music and everyone else cost $10 a month.  Amazon wants to charge half of that.  —  Amazon wants to launch …
Bloomberg:
Data shows Pokémon Go DAUs, downloads, and engagement on downward trend since July launch  —  A number of important metrics have Pikachu'd, says Axiom Capital Management.  —  Pokemon Go is starting to lose the battle for mobile mindshare, according to Axiom Capital Management.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Android Nougat is out of beta, now available for select Nexus devices, Pixel C tablet, more; Google says the roll-out to all supported phones may take weeks  —  Google surprised everyone when it launched a public beta of the Android Nougat back in March.  Annual updates are nothing new for Android …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Nick Denton / Gawker:
Nick Denton's farewell post, detailing the rise and fall of Gawker, as the site shuts down  —  Gawker.com is shutting down today, Monday 22nd August, 2016, some 13 years after it began and two days before the end of my forties.  It is the end of an era.  —  The staff will move to new jobs …
Tony Romm / Politico:
Tech giants and rights groups urge the Department of Homeland Security to scrap proposal asking US visitors for their social media accounts  —  Internet giants including Google, Facebook and Twitter slammed the Obama administration on Monday for a proposal that would seek to weed …
TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Summer 2016 Demo Day 1: 44 startups and a focus on consumers, developer tools, security, hardware, marketplaces, and nonprofits  —  Josh Constine, Lucas Matney and John Mannes  —  Farm drones, autonomous security guards and next-generation tampons were among the products presented …
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Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Galaxy Note7 handily beaten by one-year-old iPhone 6s in real-world app speed test  —  Earlier this month, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note 7, its newest smartphone with a 14-nanometer Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core 64-bit processor, 4GB RAM, a 12-megapixel camera, waterproofing, and wireless charging.
Rita El Khoury / Android Police:
A detailed look at Google Allo's incognito chat feature, which has Snapchat-like expiring messages, private notifications, and crypto key identity management  —  The nice graphic you see above is the background of all your incognito conversations on Google Allo.
Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:
PlayStation Plus to jump in price from $50 to $60 annually, from $18 to $22 quarterly on September 22  —  Sony is about to start charging more for one of its best gaming services.  —  PlayStation Plus will jump in price from $50 to $60 annually, according to an announcement on Sony's PlayStation Blog.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Android Pay adds Walgreens for first retail store loyalty card integration  —  Walgreens today announced that its loyalty rewards program is now integrated with Android Pay at checkout, making it the first retail store location to support the feature through Google's Android-based payments service.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Samsung refreshes S Health app UI and makes fitness level sharing with friends easier, also debuts “Ask Experts”, a local health Q&A service, in South Korea  —  Samsung is giving its S Health app a minor overhaul, switching up the layout and making it easier for users to compare fitness levels with friends.
Zach Rodgers / AdExchanger:
Demand-side ad platform The Trade Desk files for IPO, aims to raise $86M  —  The wait is over.  Demand-side platform The Trade Desk has dropped its S-1 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, indicating plans to go public.  The company hopes to raise $86.3 million in the offering …

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