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July 31, 2017, 10:45 PM

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
HomePod firmware contains image of new iPhone design with a notch cut out at the top, likely for earpiece and sensors, and references a face detection feature  —  Late last week, Apple released early firmware for its HomePod smart speaker, which won't be launching to the public until December.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Reddit raised $200M in funding, is now valued at $1.8B, a16z and Sequoia among investors; sources: Condé Nast owner Advance Publications retains majority stake  —  It's going on a hiring spree and redesigning its website.  —  Reddit has raised $200 million in new venture funding …
James Hibberd / EW.com:
Hackers breach HBO's network and leak future episodes of Room 104 and Ballers, plus a script allegedly from next week's Game of Thrones episode  —  HBO chairman: ‘Disruptive, unsettling, and disturbing for all of us’  —  HBO has joined the ranks of Hollywood entertainment companies to suffer a major cyber attack.
Richard Devine / Windows Central:
Microsoft shuts down its Word Flow keyboard for iOS, suggests downloading SwiftKey instead  —  After the experiment has been completed, Microsoft has closed down its Word Flow keyboard on iOS.  —  Back in February of this year we took a closer look at Microsoft's Word Flow keyboard on iOS …
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
AMD unveils $499 Radeon RX Vega 64 and $399 Radeon RX Vega 56 GPUs for high-end gaming PCs, launching August 14  —  At this point, one must give credit to AMD for their marketing program for the Radeon RX Vega.  The company has opted to dip feed information over many months …
Alan Ni / Google:
Gboard for iPhone adds support for drawing, and sending links to Maps and YouTube videos  —  To all the Gboard fans out there: we're adding some clutch additions to your favorite keyboard companion.  Now with a tap of the G button, you'll have access to both Maps and YouTube …

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