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July 13, 2017, 3:25 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Facebook plans to unveil a $200 standalone wireless Oculus VR headset for 2018, which will be more compact than the Rift and lighter than Gear VR  —  The new device will work without being tethered to phone or PC  —  Company bets gadget will popularize VR as Apple did smartphone
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Uber and Yandex merge ride-sharing services in Russia in a $3.7B JV, in which Yandex will invest $100M for a 59.3% stake, Uber will invest $225M for 36.6% stake  —  Yandex to take controlling stake in new combined venture  —  Deal marks Uber's second major global retreat after China
Chris Baraniuk / BBC:
UK-based luxury phone-maker Vertu to be liquidated after plan to save it failed; 200 will be laid off  —  A British-based company that made smartphones costing thousands of pounds will be liquidated after a plan to save it failed.  —  Vertu was known for its high-end, jewel-encrusted handsets …
Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
Source: Apple working on rear-facing 3D laser system for new iPhone that will enable better depth detection for AR apps and improved autofocus  —  The addition will make future iPhones far better suited to the AR experiences being created by developers using the ARKit development platform.
Eduard Kovacs / SecurityWeek:
Info on millions of Verizon users, including phone numbers, addresses, PINs were left exposed online; Verizon disputes early reports of 14M, says it affected 6M  —  The personal details of millions of Verizon customers were exposed online due to a misconfigured Amazon Web Services (AWS) …
Sean Captain / Fast Company:
Tony Romm / Recode:
FanDuel and DraftKings drop their merger, following FTC's vote to challenge it last month  —  The decision to terminate the deal comes after the U.S. government voted to challenge it.  —  FanDuel and DraftKings have decided to scrap their merger rather than fight the U.S. government …
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
Apple debuts HomeKit smart home experiences in retail stores worldwide to show off controlling various product like the Philips Hue light bulb with Home app  —  Unless you've had a chance to try some Apple HomeKit products in someone's home or apartment, it can be hard to understand how it all works.

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