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August 10, 2017, 1:35 PM

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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.
Edward C. Baig / USA Today:
Consumer Reports pulls its recommendations of Microsoft Surface devices after an issue with their “predicted reliability” based on an annual subscriber survey  —  NEW YORK— Consumer Reports has removed its coveted “recommendation” designation for four Microsoft Surface laptops it had previously blessed with such status.
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Uber rolls out out in-app messaging so drivers and riders don't have to share phone numbers; messages to the driver are also read aloud  —  :Thumbs-up emoji:  —  It was always a bit weird to wait for your Uber driver and then suddenly receive a text from an unknown number.  “Where are you?”
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Kaspersky Lab to drop its antitrust complaint after Microsoft agrees to make changes to Windows 10 with better visibility, help with compatibility reviews, more  —  Kaspersky is withdrawing its European antitrust complaint against Microsoft today.  The software giant has agreed to make changes …
The Economic Times:
SoftBank's Vision Fund invests in Flipkart as an extension of its $1.4B April round; source: total invested is ~$2.6B, includes buying shares from Tiger Global  —  Softbank has invested in Flipkart through its $100 billion technology-focused Vision Fund, the Indian e-commerce company announced on Thursday.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft debuts open source Coco Framework to address limitations of enterprise blockchain by making it more scalable, governable, and confidential  —  Microsoft is working to address some of the current limitations of enterprise blockchain with a new cross-platform framework designed …
James Vincent / The Verge:
DeepMind and Blizzard release SC2LE, a toolkit which includes an API, for AI research in real-time strategy game StarCraft II  —  What can computers learn from playing video games?  Quite a lot actually  —  Teaching computers to play games has always been a useful (if somewhat crude) measure of their intelligence.
Marc Vartabedian / Reuters:
Tesla developing long-haul, electric, semi-truck with self-driving tech that can move in platoons, according to email about road tests between company, NV DMV  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tesla Inc is developing a long-haul, electric semi-truck that can drive itself and move in “platoons” …
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
T-Mobile's Revvl, a $125 phone with Android 7.0 Nougat, fingerprint sensor, 5.5" screen, 13MP camera, 32GB of storage, and more, to launch Thursday  —  T-Mobile's oft-leaked budget smartphone is now official.  The Revvl is launching tomorrow (August 10th) for a mere $125 if paid all at once.
Mark Walton / Ars Technica:
AMD Threadripper 1950X review: the High End Desktop platform to beat, better than Intel in almost every way, but needs robust cooling setup and power supply  —  Cheaper, faster, and more feature-rich than Skylake-X—what's not to love?  —  If Ryzen was a polite, if firm way of telling …
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 …

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