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August 14, 2017, 10:55 AM

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Scott Scrivens / Android Police:
Google Assistant, voice search, Gboard, and the Cloud Speech API add support for 30 more languages  —  Speech recognition is one of the most powerful aspects of many Google products, particularly in the Google app where both Voice Search and the Assistant rely heavily on being able to understand what we're saying.
New York Times:
Sources: Uber board mulls offers from SoftBank and a Dragoneer-led coalition to buy from shareholders at discount from last valuation, plus a Pishevar-led offer  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Uber's board has voted to move forward on proposals by two investment groups to buy shares in the ride-hailing service …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Sources: Google buys Senosis Health, maker of smartphone apps that monitor health metrics  —  Shwetak Patel has struck again.  —  The University of Washington computer scientist has sold his newest Seattle startup company, Senosis Health, to Google, according to sources familiar with the deal.
Chris Burniske / cburniske:
As bitcoin hovers around $4,000, a look at its previous boom and bust cycles, and thoughts about cryptoasset valuations  —  As the cryptoasset markets develop we'll see many booms and busts as enthusiasm waxes and wanes.  Waxing and waning is all part of riding a rocket to the moon.
Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch:
Danny Palmer / ZDNet:
Over 1,000 Android apps found distributing SonicSpy spyware, including three in the Google Play Store, which silently record audio, take photos, and make calls  —  Three fake messaging apps in the Google Play Store discovered to be distributing stealthy data-stealing SonicSpy malware …
Ryne Hager / Android Police:
OnePlus' head of product says Android O will be the last major Android update for the OnePlus 3 and 3T, despite the 3T being launched just nine months ago  —  In a recent interview that was published on the OnePlus forums, the head of product at OnePlus revealed that Android O …
Wall Street Journal:
FBI says ISIS used fake eBay listings to send a total of $8,700 via PayPal to a US-based ISIS operative  —  Affidavit alleges American citizen Mohamed Elshinawy was part of a global network stretching from Britain to Bangladesh  —  U.S. investigators uncovered a global financial network run …
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Jessi Hempel / Wired:
Baidu COO Qi Lu on company's and China's AI ambitions, Baidu's DuerOS natural language-based AI platform, why Alexa ecosystem is ahead of rivals in US, more  —  A company can have the best technology in the world.  It can have the strongest talent.  It can have the coolest product ideas.

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