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July 16, 2017, 5:35 PM

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Brian Reigh / Android Authority:
Microsoft promises improvements after backlash over Skype's Snapchat-esque redesign on Android and iOS, to restore native sharing and the status icon  —  Ever since Microsoft radically redesigned Skype to look more like Snapchat, the video chatting app's rating has plummeted to an average of just 1 star in some regions.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
iFixit teardown confirms Note 7 Fan Edition is just a Note 7 with a new, smaller battery  —  Like a phoenix from the ashes, Samsung's ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 has emerged from the fires of its battery woes reborn as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition, a refurbished Note 7 that, hopefully, won't explode.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Publishers like Hearst, Bustle, TechCrunch, BBC News, and Mic are shifting their enthusiasm from Snapchat to Instagram  —  Hearst's Kate Lewis can easily rattle off the company's Instagram stats.  Half the company's brands have more than 1 million followers.  Harper's Bazaar has 3 million.

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