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July 20, 2017, 11:45 AM

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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils Cortana-powered thermostat called GLAS, in partnership with Johnson Controls, that will run on Windows 10 IoT Core OS  —  Built by Johnson Controls  —  Microsoft is partnering with Johnson Controls to build a thermostat.  The software giant unveiled the new GLAS thermostat in a YouTube video today.
Christina Farr / CNBC:
Source: Intel has eliminated its wearables division, which made the Basis smartwatch, and the company's New Technologies Group now focuses on AR  —  - Intel laid off about 80 percent of the team that made the Basis smartwatch in November, and has now eliminated the division entirely, a person familiar tells CNBC.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Department of Justice and Europol announce takedown of dark web marketplaces AlphaBay and Hansa Market, both focused on drugs and fraudulent IDs  —  AlphaBay and Hansa Market are gone, dealing a major blow to the online drug trade  —  An international law enforcement effort has brought …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Vimeo promotes Anjali Sud, who has been the video company's general manager, to CEO  —  Anjali Sud gets a promotion; Joey Levin goes back to running IAC full time.  —  Vimeo has a new boss, after going more than a year without a full-time leader.  —  Parent company IAC has promoted Anjali Sud …
Wolfie Zhao / CoinDesk:
Ethereum startup Parity warns of flaw in v1.5+ of its wallet software, says three multi-sig wallets have been compromised and ~$30M of Ether have been stolen  —  Smart contract coding company Parity has issued a security alert, warning of a vulnerability in version 1.5 or later of its wallet software.
Paresh Dave / Los Angeles Times:
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Kate Brumback / AP News:
US court sentences Russian man who helped build Citadel malware, which infected ~11M computers and caused $500M+ in losses, to five years in prison  —  A Russian man who helped develop and distribute malicious software designed to steal personal financial information was sentenced Wednesday in Atlanta to serve five years in prison.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
T-Mobile reports strong Q2 results, with $10.2B revenue, up 10% YoY, beating estimates of $9.81B, and 1.3M net new subs, ending the quarter with 69.6M in total  —  T-Mobile's second quarter nearly matched its seasonally strong fourth quarter.  The uncarrier approach continues to cause headaches for larger rivals.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Educational quiz platform Kahoot raises $20M Series A from Microsoft Ventures and others, bringing total raised to $26.5M  —  Kahoot, an online learning platform that lets teachers create and tailor quizzes for their classes, has closed its series A round of funding at $20 million.

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Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
Managing your training team is now a breeze  —  Clara is the head of Learning and Development (L&D) at Zylker Corp, and trains employees in domains like soft skills and leadership.

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