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August 22, 2016, 5:15 PM

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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:
Android Nougat review: split screen support with app resizing will be great for large screen devices, and the design of new notification panel is very efficient  —  Big smartphones are everywhere, and Nougat's new features make them more useful.  —  After a lengthy Developer Preview program starting …
Fast Company:
Apple acquired personal health data startup Gliimpse, which lets users collect, personalize, and share a picture of their health data, earlier this year  —  In the last three years, Gliimpse has built a secure platform where consumers can manage and share their own medical records and info.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft acquires AI scheduling service Genee, will shut it down on September 1, says it will integrate the tech into Office 365  —  Microsoft today announced the acquisition of Genee, an artificial-intelligence-powered scheduling service.  The company is planning to integrate …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Netgear launches Orbi, a multi-unit WiFi router to cover whole home, which will go on sale this month at $400 for a two-pack and $250 for a single unit add-on  —  For as long as there have been Wi-Fi routers, setting up Wi-Fi has been pretty much the same.  You buy a router at the store, plug it into your modem, and that's it.
David Ingram / Reuters:
New Massachusetts law will impose 20¢ fee per trip on ride-hailing apps such as Uber until 2026, 5¢ of which will pay for taxi subsidies until 2021  —  Massachusetts is preparing to levy a 5-cent fee per trip on ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft and spend the money …
Takashi Mochizuki / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Sony to debut a new PlayStation 4 standard model alongside a high-end version on September 7  —  Japanese tech company to introduce a standard and high-end version of the console next month  —  TOKYO— Sony Corp. plans to introduce a new PlayStation 4 standard model alongside …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Email and file encryption service Virtru, built by ex-NSA engineer, raises $29M Series A led by Bessemer Venture Partners  —  Talk about being at the right place and at the right time.  Following revelations of government spying, data breaches, malicious hacking, identity theft and other online threats …
Reuters:
Source: Samsung to launch refurbished smartphone program as early as next year in an effort to boost revenue, fight off mid-tier competitors  —  Samsung Electronics Co Ltd plans to launch a program to sell refurbished used versions of its premium smartphones as early as next year …
Dennis K. Berman / Wall Street Journal:
Kobe Bryant and Jeff Stibel launch $100M venture capital fund based in Los Angeles, to invest in tech, media, and data companies  —  The retired NBA star and his partner today will unveil their vehicle for investing in technology, media and data companies  —  Meet Kobe Bryant, venture capitalist.

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