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July 12, 2017, 12:10 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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.

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