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August 31, 2016, 10:30 AM

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Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
Source: Google opening Waze-based carpooling service previously in testing to all SF-area Waze users this fall; current pilot charges riders at most 54¢/mile  —  Alphabet's carpooling program in San Francisco offers rides at cheaper rates  —  Google is moving onto Uber Technologies Inc.'s turf …
Jeff Benjamin / 9to5Mac:
Apple launches $20/mo 2TB iCloud storage plan ahead of iPhone 7 event  —  Apple has launched a new 2TB iCloud storage tier a little over a week out from the iPhone 7 launch event.  The new 2TB plan, which is its largest plan available, will set users back $19.99 a month.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Amazon expands Dash Buttons beyond the U.S. and into the U.K., Germany, and Austria  —  Amazon has finally launched its consumer goods-ordering Dash Buttons program outside the U.S., with the news that it's now available in the U.K., Germany, and Austria.  —  The internet giant first introduced …
Will Oremus / Slate:
Three former Facebook contractors say Trending news algorithm was not ready to run autonomously, user testing was overwhelmingly negative  —  How Facebook's foray into automated news went from messy to disastrous.  —  It seems Facebook's human news editors weren't quite as expendable as the company thought.
Tanya Dua / Digiday:
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Corning unveils scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass SR+ for wearable devices, available in products later this year  —  In 2015, Corning announced “Project Phire,” a new material that combines the strength of Gorilla Glass with the scratch-resistance of sapphire, and as of today, the result of that project is ready to launch.
Fortune:
Sources: Nest's platform team to become part of Google to create a unified IoT platform led by Hiroshi Lockheimer, currently SVP of Android  —  Alphabet subsidiary Nest Labs, maker of Internet-connected thermostats and smoke detectors, is undergoing yet another restructuring, Fortune has learned.
Fortune:
Uber hires Target's CMO Jeff Jones as president, overseeing global marketing, customer service, and operations  —  Uber, the global ride-hailing giant whose reputation has see-sawed at times from brash to boorish, has plucked an image maker from a leading U.S. retailer to be one of its top executives.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
PlayStation Now streaming service that lets you play legacy titles on Windows PCs launches today with promo price of $100/year, less than half normal price  —  You don't need a PlayStation to play PlayStation games anymore: Sony's Playstation Now subscription-based game streaming service is now out for PC …
Andrew Martonik / Android Central:
Sources: this year's Google-branded Android phones will not use “Nexus” name, will feature additional software and a tweaked interface atop “vanilla” Android  —  The ‘Nexus’ brand is going away, but the biggest deal here is the large change in software experience that will accompany the new branding.

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