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August 8, 2017, 11:55 AM

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Bloomberg:
Anti-diversity memo author James Damore confirms Google has fired him; Pichai tells employees that portions of his memo violated the company's Code of Conduct  —  Engineer wrote memo blasting “politically correct monoculture”  —  CEO Pichai said Google employee violated Code of Conduct
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Didi Chuxing makes an undisclosed investment in Middle Eastern ride-hailing service Careem, which operates in 80 cities across 13 countries  —  A week after its first investment in Europe, Chinese ride-sharing giant Didi Chuxing is spreading its wings once again after it announced a financing deal …
Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian:
HBO hackers demand a multimillion-dollar ransom and release emails, scripts, and personal phone numbers of GoT stars in latest dump of stolen data  —  Group tells company CEO to pay multimillion-dollar ransom or else risk 1.5TB of shows and confidential corporate data being released online
Samson Mow / Fortune:
Bitcoin Cash is an untested Bitcoin fork that is putting undue pressure on Bitcoin exchanges and wallet providers to support the currency  —  The newly created Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is a rushed spinoff of Bitcoin (BTC), a clonecoin of which there have been many in Bitcoin's past.
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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Israeli lidar tech startup Oryx Vision raises $50M Series B led by Third Point Ventures and WRV  —  Israeli startup Oryx Vision has raised a $50 million Series B round led by Third Point Ventures and WRV to help continue to develop and commercialize its innovative LiDAR tech …
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:
In email to employees, Uber board member and co-founder Garrett Camp says “Travis is not returning as CEO”  —  Camp sent an email to employees on Monday afternoon.  —  Uber co-founder and board member Garrett Camp told employees that the company's former CEO Travis Kalanick …
Barb Darrow / Fortune:
IBM touts improvement in scaling deep learning performance across servers, says its tech reached 95% efficiency across 64 servers housing 256 processors  —  The race to make computers smarter and more human-like continued this week with IBM IBM claiming it has developed technology …
GSMArena.com:
Picture of alleged Google Pixel 2 developer unit leaks, shows front stereo speakers and the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack  —  A tipster sent us a photo of what's allegedly the Google Pixel 2.  It's clearly an early dev unit with all those stickers on the back.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Foursquare revamps its Swarm app to be less of a game and more of a travel journal  —  The check-in app is moving away from games and leaderboards  —  Swarm, the check-in app from social mainstay Foursquare, is pivoting once again.  Foursquare is calling Swarm's latest incarnation the …
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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
YouTube rolls out chat to all its Android and iOS users, includes group messaging for up to 30 users  —  YouTube today rolled out the ability to share videos with contacts directly in its mobile app for Android and iOS.  Users can chat about shared videos using text, react with emoji …

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