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July 31, 2017, 4:05 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
Sources: Spotify passes 60M paying customers, adding over 20M so far in 2017, as it plans for IPO on NYSE later this year  —  Unconventional public debut of music streaming service based on subscription success  —  Read next … Spotify has reached 60m paying customers …
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Sources: some directors worry Travis Kalanick is trying to game the outcome in favor of his return after he told several people he was “Steve Jobs-ing it”  —  As the car-hailing company searches for cohesion, the former CEO has told some he is “Steve Jobs-ing it.”
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Behind the chart-topping anonymous messaging app Sarahah, which gives message recipients no way to respond  —  Text service tops iPhone download charts, but the real challenge is staying there  —  Read next … There are two unusual things about Sarahah, a mobile app topping iPhone App Store download charts around the world.
More: AxiosTweets: @trengriffin
Tony Romm / Recode:
Tech giants pass on invitation to testify on net neutrality before the House Energy and Commerce Committee; hearing date is pushed back indefinitely  —  They had until today to tell a key House committee, which is extending its deadline.  —  Amazon, Facebook, Google and Netflix …
Thanks:@tonyromm
Danny Palmer / ZDNet:
Inside “No More Ransom”, a joint law enforcement and private industry effort to fight cybercrime, launched by Europol, Kaspersky, and others last year  —  No More Ransom launched a year ago: here's the story of how cybersecurity firms and law enforcement are working together to bring down ransomware.

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