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July 12, 2017, 3:05 PM

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Thuy Ong / The Verge:
Tech giants including Amazon, Reddit, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and many others are rallying today in support of net neutrality  —  Amazon, Reddit, Facebook, Google and Twitter are fighting the FCC's changes  —  Technology giants like Amazon, Spotify, Reddit, Facebook, Google …
Karl Bode / Techdirt:
Bill Ready / PayPal:
PayPal added as a payment option on iTunes, App Store, iBooks, and Apple Music in Canada and Mexico, with roll-out in US and other countries soon  —  Starting today in Canada and Mexico, and rolling out in other countries including the US soon after, PayPal customers will be able to pay for App Store …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Microsoft releases free Seeing AI app on iOS that uses AI to recognize people, objects, and scenes, and narrates the world to blind people  —  Microsoft has released Seeing AI — a smartphone app that uses computer vision to describe the world for the visually impaired.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google acquires Indian AI startup Halli Labs, which was building AI tools to address “old problems and domains”  —  Some more M&A news in the world of artificial intelligence.  Today it was made public that Google has acquired Halli Labs, a very young (its first public appearance …
Lauren Thomas / CNBC:
Amazon Prime Day drove record levels of Prime sign-ups and sales, with sales growing 60% YoY; the Echo Dot was the most popular purchase among Prime members  —  - Prime Day sales this year surpassed Amazon's Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the e-commerce giant says.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft officially ends support for Windows Phone 8.1, more than three years after introducing the update, leaving millions of Windows phones unsupported  —  An end of an era  —  Microsoft is killing off Windows Phone 8.1 support today, more than three years after the company first introduced the update.
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
14M+ records of Verizon users who called customer service, including phone numbers, addresses, PINs, were left exposed for over week after telecom was notified  —  Customer records for at least 14 million subscribers, including phone numbers and account PINs, were exposed.
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Ignition Partners managing partner Frank Artale resigns at firms request after allegations of misconduct  —  Frank Artale, a managing partner at Bellevue, Wash.-based venture capital firm Ignition Partners, has resigned at the firm's request after allegations of “misconduct” against him …
Reuters:
Apple to set up first data center in China to comply with new cybersecurity laws, is the first foreign firm to announce amendments to its data storage for China  —  3 MIN READ  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Wednesday said it is setting up its first data center in China …

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