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August 23, 2016, 2:25 PM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Instapaper has been acquired by Pinterest and will continue to operate as an independent app  —  It will continue to operate as an independent app  —  Instapaper, a pioneering app for saving articles to read later, has been acquired — again.  The app, which was created by developer Marco Arment …
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 …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Google's Daydream service is launching “in the coming weeks” as the company pays YouTube stars for VR content and helps promote some Hulu projects  —  Company to release Daydream virtual reality service in weeks  —  Google said to back games, short films with YouTube celebs
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Lenovo will preload Microsoft Office, Skype, and OneDrive on its Android devices as part of a new patent cross-licensing agreement  —  Microsoft has announced that its software will be soon be preloaded onto some of Lenovo Android devices.  Productivity apps including Microsoft Office …
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 …
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook improves its “lightweight video” Slideshow ads, including support for mobile ad creation  —  Facebook today is rolling out a number of improvements to its “Slideshow” ads, announced last fall as a means of offering an alternative to video ads in developing markets where bandwidth may be limited.
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 …
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 …
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.

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