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August 9, 2017, 12:10 PM

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Susan Wojcicki / Fortune:
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki defends firing of memo writer, says she's faced gender-based slights throughout her career  —  Yesterday, after reading the news, my daughter asked me a question.  “Mom, is it true that there are biological reasons why there are fewer women in tech and leadership?”
Ryan Nakashima / Associated Press:
James Damore says he filed complaint with National Labor Relations Board before being fired by Google, claims he was subjected to “coercive statements”  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — A 28-year-old former Google engineer who was fired over a memo he wrote about gender differences …
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Andy Rubin's Essential Products raises $300M from Tencent, Amazon, and others, says Best Buy and Amazon will be its retail launch partners in the US  —  Startup founded by Google Android's creator has raised $300 million in funding; plans to release $699 titanium-encased smartphone
The Walt Disney Company:
Disney will pay $1.58B to acquire additional 42% stake in BAMTech, making it a majority stakeholder  —  The Walt Disney Company announced today that it has agreed to acquire majority ownership of BAMTech, LLC and will launch its ESPN-branded multi-sport video streaming service in early 2018 …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Disney to end Netflix film distribution deal in 2019, will launch ESPN streaming service in 2018 and Disney streaming services in 2019  —  Disney will end its distribution deal with Netflix and launch its own streaming service, the company announced today.  It intends to launch the service in 2019.
Michelle Broder Van Dyke / BuzzFeed:
Airbnb starts deactivating accounts of some people booking rentals to attend “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA, citing community rules  —  The rally is set to take place in a Virginia park where earlier this year white supremacists gathered with torches to protest the removal of a Confederate statue.
Nikhil Pahwa / MediaNama:
Internet Archive appears to be blocked by Indian government; Indian Department of Telecom, Ministry of Electronics & Info Tech not responding to firm's queries  —  Update 2: Chris Butler, Office Manager at the Internet Archive, responding to a query from MediaNama, saying that their attempts …
Ali Jordan / Thoughts:
Eric Schmidt's Innovations Endeavors has merged with Israeli venture firm Marker LLC  —  We are pleased to announce the merger of venture capital firms Innovation Endeavors and Marker LLC.  The combined entity will be named Innovation Endeavors.  —  With offices in Herzliya, Israel …
Madeline Buxton / Refinery29:
Instagram tests letting you add a guest to your Live video, rolling out as a trial today with a full release expected in the coming months  —  Double the people, double the fun?  That's what Instagram is banking on with its latest update, which will give you the chance to go Live with a friend …
Susan Heavey / Reuters:
US ITC to review Qualcomm's complaints about Apple iPhone patents, sets date for completing its investigation within the next 45 days  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. trade officials have agreed to investigate Qualcomm Inc's allegations that Apple Inc infringed on patents with its iPhone7 and other devices …

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