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July 5, 2017, 8:55 PM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snapchat finally lets users attach links to all Snaps and adds voice filters and backdrop editing tool  —  Snapchat is breaking its long-standing “no links” rule today while also providing some novel new creative tools to keep it one step ahead of Instagram.
Jeremy Kahn / Bloomberg:
DeepMind hires three prominent Canadian computer scientists to open a research lab in Edmonton, its first outside the UK  —  Tech companies scooping up professors raises brain drain fears  —  DeepMind, the London-based artificial intelligence company, is hiring three prominent computer scientists …
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
Nokia and Xiaomi sign a business collaboration agreement and multi-year patent deal, which includes cross-licensing for cellular standard essential patents  —  The deal will give the companies access to a wider pool of patents and equipment.  —  Nokia and Xiaomi have signed …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
NotPetya malware-linked hackers empty BTC wallet, ask for 100BTC for private decryption key in attempt to reset narrative that it's ransomware, not wiperware  —  Hackers connected to the disruptive world-wide ransomware attack that crippled Ukraine and hit computers all over the world have surfaced online.
Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg:
Alibaba launches Tmall Genie, a voice assistant-controlled speaker for Chinese customers, available in limited beta  —  Tencent, Baidu also developing their own home assistants  —  The Tmall Genie will sell for 499 yuan during its trial period  —  The competition in digital speaker-assistants …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon confirms Voicebot's analysis: Alexa has over 15K skills, up from 10K in February; Voicebot says Google Home has 378 voice apps and Cortana has 65  —  Amazon's Alexa voice platform has now passed 15,000 skills — the voice-powered apps that run on devices like the Echo speaker, Echo Dot, newer Echo Show and others.

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