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July 25, 2017, 1:20 PM

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Adobe says it will stop updating and distributing Flash at the end of 2020  —  Adobe today announced that Flash, the once-ubiquitous plugin that allowed you to play your first Justin Bieber video on YouTube and Dolphin Olympics 2 on Kongregate, will be phased out by the end of 2020.
Jan Wolfe / Reuters:
Roomba vacuum maker iRobot hopes to sell its users' floor plan data, seeking deals with Amazon, Apple, and Alphabet  —  (Reuters) - The Roomba robotic vacuum has been whizzing across floors for years, but its future may lie more in collecting data than dirt.
Mehedi Hassan / MSPoweruser:
Microsoft says MS Paint will be available on the Windows Store as a free standalone app in the future  —  Microsoft Paint has been in the news since yesterday when Redmond announced that the software is being deprecated with the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
Scott Stein / CNET:
Motorola announces a $300 360-degree camera mod as well as the Moto Z2 Force with dual rear cameras, compact design with smaller battery, coming Aug. 10  —  Motorola just applied some Force to its Z2 phone line — the Z2 Force gets dual rear cameras and a shatter-resistant screen.
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Trucking network Convoy raises $62M Series B led by YC's Continuity growth fund; investors include Bill Gates' Cascade, Marc Benioff, Bezos Expeditions  —  It's a warm summer afternoon at the TA Seattle East truck stop in North Bend, Wash., and Jerry Brooks is waiting for business.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Facebook Live now supports 4K streaming and Samsung Gear VR or Oculus Rift headsets for 360-degree video  —  You can also watch 4K streams in virtual reality  —  Today, Facebook announced quite a few updates to its 360-degree live video platform to make it more accessible to both creators and viewers.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Giphy launches its GIF Maker tool for mobile browsers  —  Giphy, the online database and search engine for all things GIF, has announced that it's launching its popular GIF Maker tool for mobile web browsers.  —  First introduced for desktop browsers back in 2015, GIF Maker is a fairly simple tool …
Thuy Ong / The Verge:
HP updates Pavilion all-in-one PCs with new CPUs, micro-edge displays, available in 23.8-inch and 27-inch touchscreen variants, starting at $749.99  —  The new line has a sleek ‘architecturally inspired’ redesign  —  HP just unveiled an updated Pavilion all-in-one (AIO) line of computers …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Inbound marketing and sales firm HubSpot has acquired Kemvi, a startup applying AI to help sales teams  —  HubSpot is announcing that it has acquired Kemvi, a startup applying artificial intelligence and machine learning to help sales teams.  —  A few months ago, Kemvi launched DeepGraph …
Tony Wan / EdSurge:
Language learning service Duolingo raises $25M Series E led by Drive Capital at a $700M valuation  —  As the chief executive behind one of the world's most popular language-learning tools, Luis von Ahn ironically struggles with picking up a new tongue.  “I'm actually very bad at learning languages …

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