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August 9, 2017, 10:35 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?”
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Alt-right steps up protests against perceived liberal bias of tech platform operators, even launching alternative services more welcoming to “free speech”  —  When James Damore, a Google engineer, was fired this week for writing a 10-page manifesto spelling out his grievances …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook introduces Watch, its redesigned video section for original content, with producers earning 55% of ad revenue, rolling out Thursday  —  Facebook has a new home for original video content produced exclusively for it by partners, who will earn 55 percent of ad break revenue while Facebook keeps 45 percent.
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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
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Following Mobileye acquisition, Intel will build fleet of 100 fully autonomous (Level 4) cars to test in US, Israel, Europe; first cars coming by year's end  —  The chipmaker just closed its deal to buy auto-visual startup Mobileye  —  Fresh off its acquisition of auto-visual company Mobileye …
AnandTech:
Intel's new server-class SSD with “ruler” form-factor allows for up to 1 PB storage in a 1U server, features hot-swapping, PCIe Gen 5, power, cooling benefits  —  Intel on Tuesday introduced its new form-factor for server-class SSDs.  The new “ruler” design is based …
Tom Krazit / GeekWire:
AWS joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which hosts the Kubernetes project, as platinum member, and AWS' VP of cloud architecture strategy joins the board  —  Just weeks after Microsoft signaled its support for a key cloud computing industry foundation, Amazon Web Services has followed suit …
Ry Crist / CNET:
Anker unveils the $35 Eufy Genie, a small Alexa-enabled speaker that is $15 cheaper than the $50 Echo Dot; Bluetooth version coming soon for $40  —  The Genie is an Alexa-enabled smart speaker that'll sell for just $35.  It's the newest gadget in Anker's Eufy range of smart home products …
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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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