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September 3, 2017, 6:00 PM

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Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:
SEC: Roku files for up to $100M IPO; Roku had $399M revenue in fiscal 2016, up 25% from 2015  —  Streaming device company Roku filed for a public offering on Friday, looking to raise up to $100 million.  —  Roku has benefited from the explosive popularity of over-the-top TV platforms like Netflix …
Ben Arnold / NPD Group:
900K totally wireless headphone units were sold in US in 2017; AirPods accounted for 85% of dollar sales in the US  —  So far, 2017 has been a great year for headphones.  Through July, U.S. dollar sales and average prices increased 22 percent, and 18 percent, respectively, over the same period a year ago.
Corinne Reichert / ZDNet:
Huawei announces Kirin 970 smartphone chipset bound for the upcoming Mate 10, with a dedicated neural processing unit  —  Huawei's Kirin 970 smartphone chipset features mobile artificial intelligence with a dedicated neural processing unit, an 8-core CPU, and a 12-core GPU, along with 5.5 million transistors.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
A site, now offline, sold access to hacked Instagram users' contact info for $10 a search; Instagram now says non-verified users may have been impacted  —  Selena Gomez was first.  Who's next?  —  A bug that exposed users' contact information affected a far greater number of accounts than Instagram originally said.
Amanda Lee / South China Morning Post:
At a KFC outlet in Hangzhou, China, Alipay launches “Smile to Pay”, the first commercial system to use facial recognition to identify payers  —  Ant Financial, which operates the Alipay electronic payment platform used in Alibaba's Taobao and Tmall online shopping sites …
Brian Crecente / Rolling Stone:
Jury awards iLife Technologies $10M in damages after finding that Nintendo's Wii infringed on iLife's motion-sensing accelerometer patents; Nintendo will appeal  —  Nintendo says it will fight verdict  —  A jury in Dallas, Texas today awarded $10 million to iLife after finding that Nintendo …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
How publishers' extreme reliance on various Google services gives Google effective monopoly power, stifles criticism, and sometimes results in unexpected losses  —  An unintended effect of Google's heavy-handed attempt to silence Barry Lynn and his Open Markets program at New America …
Kashmir Hill / Gizmodo:
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
Changes to Apple exec bio page show that Craig Federighi is now in charge of Siri, instead of Eddy Cue  —  There's a new executive in charge of Apple's AI assistant, Siri.  —  Apple updated its leadership page on Friday with new profiles for China managing director Isabel Ge Mahe, and Deirdre O'Brien, Apple's new head of HR.

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