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August 1, 2017, 1:00 AM

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Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook acquired AI startup Ozlo, which had raised $14M, to help Messenger build its personal assistant; Ozlo will shut down its enterprise API and app  —  Ozlo is joining Messenger.  —  Facebook has acquired Ozlo, a Palo Alto-based artificial intelligence startup, to help Messenger build …
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 …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Latest version of Google's experimental browser Chrome Canary on Android includes setting to block “intrusive” ads  —  Google will reportedly debut a built-in ad blocking feature for its Chrome browser next year, and now we have the first concrete look at this addition to the web navigation software in action.
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 …
Lizette Chapman / Bloomberg:
Kleiner Perkins shuts its two-year-old, $4M seed investing program KPCB Edge after all three partners running it leave  —  Departures of young partners weaken firm's early-stage effort  —  Kleiner to continue investing broadly in emerging startups  —  Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers shut …
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.
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 …
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.
Jake Tapper / CNN:
An email prankster fooled a number of White House officials, including official tasked with cyber security, by posing as other officials  —  (CNN)A self-described “email prankster” in the UK fooled a number of White House officials into thinking he was other officials, including an episode …

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