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July 25, 2017, 3:40 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.
Yossi Matias / Google:
Google adds SOS Alerts in Search and Maps to provide users with information in a crisis  —  In times of crisis, access to timely, actionable information is crucial.  Working alongside trained responders and volunteers on the ground, technology plays a vital role in providing information …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Barcelona-based keyboard startup ThingThing reaches deal with founders of keyboard app Fleksy to continue development, after Pinterest acqui-hired Fleksy  —  Third party keyboards might seem like an app fad blast from the recent past.  But the smartphone keyboard space could be set for a shake …
More: Android Police and MacRumorsThanks:@riptari
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: SoftBank approached Uber about a multibillion dollar investment, but talks are preliminary and an investment would likely require a new Uber CEO  —  SoftBank is already a big investor in Asian ride-hailing companies Grab, Ola and Didi Chuxing  —  SoftBank Group Corp. is pushing …

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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.
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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.
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