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July 12, 2017, 8:10 AM

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Sean Captain / Fast Company:
Q&A with Evan Greer of the nonprofit Fight For The Future, who's organizing today's “Net Neutrality Day of Action” protest  —  Evan Greer is leading a coalition of the world's biggest internet companies to mobilize users to fight the Trump administration's rollback of rules.
Karl Bode / Techdirt:
AT&T pretends it loves net neutrality and joins today's Day of Action protest, despite its consistent opposition to it over the years  —  You'd be hard pressed to find a bigger enemy of net neutrality than the fine folks at AT&T. The company has a history of all manner of anti-competitive assaults …
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Sources: the 2017 Pixel XL, manufactured by LG, will have a 6" AMOLED display with a 2:1 aspect ratio and smaller bezels  —  The image you see above is what we believe to be an accurate representation of Google's 2017 flagship smartphone, the 2nd-generation Pixel “XL.”
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Google announces a new AI-focused early stage venture fund, Gradient Ventures, which promises its portfolio startups access to Google engineers  —  - The idea is to spur innovation in artificial intelligence while also providing interesting experiences to Google engineers.
Sean Hollister / CNET:
Logitech acquires headset maker Astro Gaming for $85M in all-cash deal to expand into game console market  —  The PC peripherals company hopes to crack the console gaming market.  —  Logitech is one of the best-known brands of keyboards, mice, headphones and webcams, whether you're a gamer or not.
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
Facebook to gradually expand worldwide beta of display ads in Messenger's Home screen, which follow an auction-based model  —  Facebook Messenger will start to extend its home screen ads beta worldwide in the weeks ahead, Messenger head of product Stan Chudnovsky announced today.
Wall Street Journal:
As Google pays academics for research that often ends up justifying its controversial business practices, many academics fail to disclose their funding source  —  Google operates a little-known program to harness the brain power of university researchers to help sway opinion and public policy …

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