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August 1, 2017, 3:35 PM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Facebook is working on a video chat device with wide angle lens and large touchscreen, which could be announced at F8, and a standalone smart speaker  —  Product would make it seem like people are in the same room  —  Device aligns with Zuckerberg goal of bringing users closer
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft debuts Surface Plus hardware subscription program for trade-in upgrades after 18 months and no-interest financing for two years  —  Microsoft is launching a new subscription program for buying Surface computers and tablets in much the same way that many people now purchase smartphones …
Frank Chaparro / Business Insider:
As Bitcoin splits in two, many exchanges including Coinbase don't support Bitcoin Cash fork  —  Bitcoin power brokers were unable to come behind a single solution that would have preserved a unified cryptocurrency by Tuesday morning's deadline.  —  As such, the digital currency …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google updates Image Search with badges on certain images highlighting additional information, such as recipes or purchasable products  —  A day after Pinterest rolled out an update that put its visual search feature in the front-and-center of its app, Google announced it, too, is giving its visual search engine an upgrade.
Emily Cadman / Bloomberg:
Apple and Google remove 300+ financial trading apps after Australian regulator complains, citing lack of information about investment risks  —  Some binary trading apps ‘make outrageous claims’ ASIC says  —  Cites cases where consumers aren't able to withdraw funds
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft partners with Tobii to adds native eye-tracking support, in beta, to Windows 10, helping users with ALS and other disorders  —  Tobii has pioneered technology that lets you control a computer with your eyes, and today it is announcing that it will collaborate to bring eye tracking to Microsoft's Windows.
Douglas Soltys / BetaKit:
500 Canada shutting down fund investments; managing partners say potential LPs would not invest if McClure retained any control or could profit from the fund  —  In a letter sent to portfolio founders, 500 Canada's managing partners have announced the decision to terminate the fund's investment period.
YouTube Blog:
YouTube details additional steps to tackle terrorist content, including machine learning-based detection, consultation with wider panel of experts, more  —  A little over a month ago, we told you about the four new steps we're taking to combat terrorist content on YouTube …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Lyft partners with Amtrak for first- and last-mile trip tie-ins  —  Lyft and Amtrak are teaming up on a partnership that will allow Amtrak app users to book a trip directly in the train operator's mobile software.  The Lyft ride quest feature is designed to help travelers manage …
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.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Amazon suspends sales of BLU phones amid renewed concerns that pre-loaded software is sending user data to China  —  Following a report that some Blu phones use an app that collects your data, Amazon has made them unavailable on its site.  —  Amazon just put budget phone maker Blu in the penalty box.
Ryne Hager / Android Police:
Android's Nearby Connections 2.0 API, which enables offline, P2P communication between devices over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, is now available to developers  —  Some of you might remember the Contextual App Experiences talk at I/O this year.  The seemingly convoluted name actually held some pretty big news …

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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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