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July 12, 2017, 4:25 PM

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Thuy Ong / The Verge:
Amazon, Reddit, Netflix, Airbnb, Spotify, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and many others in tech 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 …
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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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Microsoft unveils new Outlook for iOS and Android with quick reply, improved sidebar, and improves search to include attachments, travel plans, deliveries, more  —  Microsoft today unveiled a redesigned version of its popular Outlook mobile app for iOS and Android, which most notably includes …
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 …
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.
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
Facebook adds Facebook Live support to its social VR app Spaces, allowing Oculus Rift users to broadcast their VR hangouts on the social network  —  Earlier this year, Facebook launched Spaces, a social VR experience that lets you and your friends interact with each other in virtual reality.
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.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Vizio sues financially troubled LeEco over failed merger, alleges only $40M of $100M termination fee was paid, and seeks $60M in damages  —  Vizio says LeEco had already ‘begun to collapse’ when $2 billion deal was announced  —  Vizio has filed two lawsuits against troubled Chinese electronics company LeEco …
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 …

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