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July 20, 2017, 3:25 PM

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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 …
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.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple updates Clips app with new overlays, including Disney-themed additions, effects, posters, more; Clips has been pre-installed on new iOS devices since May  —  After launching Clips for iOS back in early April, Apple is today releasing an update for the social video editing app that adds a handful of notable new features.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils Cortana-powered thermostat called GLAS, in partnership with Johnson Controls, that will run on Windows 10 IoT Core  —  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.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter says it's taking action against 10x the number of accounts it did a year ago, and that majority of disciplined accounts don't commit a second infraction  —  But real data is in short supply  —  A sustained push to reduce abuse on Twitter has shown promising results, the company said …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
YouTube debuts Redirect Method, showing vulnerable or isolated would-be extremists curated videos to combat extreme ideologies  —  YouTube is taking its next step in countering extremism and terrorist content on its platform.  Today the company announced that effective immediately …
BBC:
OnePlus says it has begun rolling out a fix for a bug that rebooted some OnePlus 5s trying to make emergency calls in US, UK, and Europe  —  Phonemaker OnePlus has admitted a glitch in some of its devices prevented people making calls to the emergency services.
James Vincent / The Verge:
Intel-owned Movidius debuts $79 USB Compute Stick with 12-core Myriad 2 VPU that increases host hardware's AI capabilities  —  The Neural Compute Stick from Movidius makes it easy to add a machine vision processor to any device  —  Step by step, artificial intelligence is moving down from the cloud and into the device in your hand.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google brings its Motion Skills GIF- and video-making app to Android, 13 months after its iOS debut  —  Google last year introduced an app called Motion Stillsthat aimed to help iOS users do more with their Live Photos - including being able to crop out blurry frames, stabilize images …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Memo: GoDaddy to shut down its AWS-style Cloud Servers service, launched in 2016, on December 31  —  As web hosting and domain registration business GoDaddy prepares to report its quarterly results in a couple of weeks, the company is making some moves to reorganise its business.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube TV expands to 10 new areas, including Washington, D.C., Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, up from its five launch metros  —  YouTube TV, Google's entry in the crowded market of live TV streaming services, is now available in ten more U.S. metros, the company announced this morning.

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