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August 29, 2017, 7:00 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple scrambles to land pricing deals with Hollywood on 4K content for its upcoming Apple TV; Apple wants to charge $20/movie, studios want $5-10 more  —  Tech giant wants to have major Hollywood films available in ultra-high definition on the new device
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube gets a redesign, including easier access to navigation tabs, new Library and Account tabs, variable speed playback on mobile, and a new logo  —  Earlier this year, YouTube introduced a major redesign of its desktop website which delivered a cleaner look and new features like a “dark mode” for nighttime watching.
Chris Kirkham / Wall Street Journal:
Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says he plans to accept Uber CEO job and that the contract is still being finalized  —  Dara Khosrowshahi described his relationship with Travis Kalanick as ‘budding’  —  In his first public comments since Uber Technologies Inc. selected him as its new chief executive …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Amazon now lets Echo play music across multiple rooms, debuts API to let Alexa control music on third-party connected speakers  —  Amazon Echo devices can now handle music playback across multiple rooms.  The company announced today Echo users can now synchronize music across devices in their home.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Preview of six AR apps coming to iOS 11 using ARKit, from GIPHY, Walking Dead, Ikea, Food Network, and more, and thoughts on AR controls and other conventions  —  Over the past few weeks I've been steeping myself in the developer and investor community that is quickly sprouting up around ARKit.
Tina Moore / New York Post:
NYPD scrapping 36K Nokia-made Windows phones given to staff in last two years as part of $160M program, will replace with iPhones by end of year  —  The NYPD has to scrap the 36,000 smartphones it gave cops over the past two years because they're already obsolete and can't be upgraded, The Post has learned.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Google debuts preview of ARCore, a platform for Android devs to make AR apps, following Apple's ARKit, to first target Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S8 phones  —  Last week in San Francisco, Google showed me an app called Oz.  Oz is a kind of augmented reality picture book …
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Interview with Tim Cook on his US mini-tour, Apple's “moral responsibility” to grow economy, political gridlock, climate change, more  —  AUSTIN, Tex. — “The reality is that government, for a long period of time, has for whatever set of reasons become less functional and isn't working at the speed that it once was.
Apple:
Apple and consulting firm Accenture partner to help companies integrate better with iOS, build new tools for IoT and legacy app migration  —  Accenture to Create Dedicated iOS Practice Within Select Accenture Digital Studios; Apple to Co-Locate Experts with These Teams
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Researcher uncovers open server with 711M email addresses and other credentials, including passwords and email server info, used by a spambot to send malware  —  The spambot has collected millions of email credentials and server login information in order to send spam through “legitimate” servers, defeating many spam filters.
More: Troy Hunt and benkow_
Dustin Volz / Reuters:
Uber says it's removing app feature that allows tracking of riders for up to five minutes after a trip, starting this week for iPhone users  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] is pulling a heavily criticized feature from its app that allowed it to track riders …
Jonathan Keane / CoinDesk:
Kik raises $50M through private sale of its Kin token to institutional investors and plans to raise $75M more in ICO  —  Mobile messaging app Kik has raised $50 million from the private sale of its ethereum token Kin to institutional investors, including Blockchain Capital, Pantera Capital and Polychain Capital.
More: Reuters

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