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August 23, 2016, 7:45 AM

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Nick Denton / Gawker:
Nick Denton's farewell post, detailing the rise and fall of Gawker, as the site shuts down today  —  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.
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:
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 …
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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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.
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.
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.
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.

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