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August 1, 2017, 6:40 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 …
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Google says it has begun rolling out Daydream-ready update to Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+  —  Google's brand of VR is, at last, beginning to arrive on Samsung devices.  —  Reports emerged last week that certain Verizon Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices were getting the Daydream update, but today Google confirmed the rollout.
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.
Corbin Davenport / Android Police:
Alleged renders of Samsung Galaxy Note8 leak online, showing the fingerprint sensor and dual cameras on the rear, ahead of potential unveiling in August  —  The upcoming Galaxy Note8 has been highly anticipated by fans, despite the previous model blowing up on several occasions.
Jake Tapper / CNN:
Self-described email prankster from UK fooled White House officials, including Homeland Security Advisor, into email exchanges, while posing as Kushner, Priebus  —  (CNN)A self-described “email prankster” in the UK fooled a number of White House officials into thinking he was other officials …
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 …
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 …
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 …

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Planned maintenance of our US Data Center: July 7th, 2018 - 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST  —  We have planned a network infrastructure upgrade on our primary data center in the USA on July 7th, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST.

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