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July 27, 2017, 12:15 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Samsung posts record net profit of $9.9B in Q2, up 89% YoY, boosted by strong chip and Galaxy S8 sales, revenue rose to $54.8B, up 19.8%  —  Results position the company to top Apple in quarterly profits  —  SEOUL—Samsung Electronics Co. delivered its biggest-ever quarter of profits …
Michael Sheetz / CNBC:
Twitter's Q2 revenue of $574M beats expectations, but monthly active users remain flat at 328M; advertising revenue decreased 8% YoY to $489M; shares fall 12%+  —  - Twitter posted better-than-expected earnings and revenue growth in its second-quarter earnings report.
Micah Singleton / The Verge:
Google plans to merge Google Play Music with YouTube Red to create a new streaming service, YouTube's head of music Lyor Cohen confirmed  —  One service to cover everything (almost)  —  YouTube's head of music confirmed that the company is planning on merging its Google Play Music service …
Bloomberg:
Jeff Bezos surpasses Bill Gates as world's richest person, with a net worth of ~$90.9B, as Amazon shares surged in trading; Gates held the top spot since 2013  —  His net worth climbs more than $1 billion in intraday trading  —  Gates has held top spot on Bloomberg wealth index since 2013
U.S. Department of Justice:
US Justice Department charges Russia's Alexander Vinnik on suspicion of laundering $4B+ funds via bitcoin, alleges funds obtained via Mt.Gox hack  —  Defendant Alexander Vinnik Was Arrested in Greece to Face Charges in the United States; Bitcoin Exchange Alleged to Have Received Deposits Valued at Over $4 Billion
CNBC:
Sources: Amazon's 1492, a skunkworks lab, is working on healthcare tech including a platform for medical records, telemedicine, and apps for devices like Echo  —  - Areas of exploration include a platform for electronic medical record data, telemedicine and health apps for existing devices like the Amazon Echo.
WhatsApp Blog:
WhatsApp announces it has 1B users every day, up from 1B users per month in February last year  —  Just last year, we shared that one billion people around the world use WhatsApp every month.  Today, we are excited and proud to share that one billion people around the world use WhatsApp every …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Kickstarter CEO and cofounder Yancey Strickler to step down later this year as the firm searches for his replacement  —  Yancey Strickler, cofounder and CEO of Kickstarter, has announced that he's stepping down from the crowdfunding giant later this year.  A hunt for his replacement is now in motion.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple removes iPod nano and iPod shuffle from sale, suggesting they have been discontinued  —  Apple today removed the iPod nano and iPod shuffle from its website and online store around the world, suggesting the iconic portable media players may be discontinued.  Apple continues to sell the iPod touch.

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Winning hackathon project now helping millions read and write  —  Teacher Merlyne Graves used to spend hours recording for her students who struggled with reading.  Not any more.
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.
eero:
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.
Zoho:
At Zoho Recruit, We Take Workflows very Personnel-ly  —  Here's the thing about workflows.  They are very difficult to understand until you actually start working with them.  —  But, for recruiters …

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