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July 24, 2017, 12:45 AM

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Alyssa Hertig / CoinDesk:
As BIP 91 activates, paving the way for scaling of Bitcoin, Jeff Garzik, lead developer of the SegWit2x network upgrade, talks about what's next for Bitcoin  —  Jeff Garzik has been accused of a lot of things of late.  —  Since taking the lead on turning the Segwit2x scaling agreement into code …
Paula Dwyer / Bloomberg:
Some economists say US tech giants are becoming harmful monopolies, need to be broken up; regulators need to consider alternatives to classic antitrust theory  —  Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook may be contributing to the U.S. economy's most persistent ailments.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
After multiple user reports of video throttling, Verizon admits it is testing a new video optimization system  —  Verizon Wireless customers this week noticed that Netflix's speed test tool appears to be capped at 10Mbps, raising fears that the carrier is throttling video streaming on its mobile network.
Zoe Kleinman / BBC:
UK government plans to require drones weighing 250g or more be registered; drone owners will need to take a drone safety awareness test  —  The UK government has announced plans to introduce drone registration and safety awareness courses for owners of the small unmanned aircraft.
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
China unveils official policy to build a domestic AI industry worth ~$150B by 2030, calling for AI companies and R&D to be at US levels of innovation by 2020  —  SHANGHAI — If Beijing has its way, the future of artificial intelligence will be made in China.
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Tova Cohen / Reuters:
Report: US private equity firm Blackstone Group in advanced talks to buy 40% of Israeli hacking tools maker NSO Group for $400M  —  TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Blackstone Group (BX.N) is in advanced talks to acquire 40 percent of Israeli cyber firm NSO Group for $400 million, Israel's Calcalist business newspaper reported on Sunday.
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