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July 25, 2017, 4:50 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Sources: Lyft's Q2 gross bookings grew ~25% YoY from $800M to $1B+, a faster rate than Uber during the same period  —  The company's gross bookings rose 25% quarter over quarter  —  Lyft has seized on competitor Uber's many public stumbles  —  Lyft Inc.'s business has been booming …

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