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July 12, 2018, 12:20 AM

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New York Times:
Twitter says over the next week it will adjust users' follower counts to no longer include locked accounts, dropping Twitter's combined follower count by ~6%  —  Twitter will begin removing tens of millions of suspicious accounts from users' followers on Thursday, signaling a major new effort …
Chloe Aiello / CNBC:
Broadcom announces it will acquire IT management software company CA Technologies for $18.9B in cash  —  Broadcom announced on Wednesday it had entered into an agreement to acquire CA Technologies for $18.9 billion.  The takeover would mark a strategic win for Broadcom in the months following …
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
Magic Leap says this summer it will start shipping the Magic Leap One Creator Edition, running on the Nvidia Tegra X2, with AT&T as the sole US wireless vendor  —  Following four years of development, Magic Leap announced today that it will begin shipping the Magic Leap One Creator Edition this summer …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple Watches with larger displays, iPad Pros with Face ID and no Home button, a new low-price laptop, and a Mac mini refresh are coming this fall  —  Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities has published a new research note for investors that includes new details …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube TV went down during a crucial World Cup match, the second such outage since it went down during an NBA game in May  —  YouTube TV, Google's internet-delivered subscription TV service, was hit with nationwide outages Wednesday — right in the middle of Fox's broadcast …
Catalin Cimpanu / BleepingComputer:
Google enabled “Site Isolation”, which runs a different browser process for each internet domain as a defense against Meltdown and Spectre attacks, in Chrome 67  —  Google has secretly enabled a security feature called Site Isolation for 99% of its desktop users on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS.
Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle:
Uber lays off ~100 “backup drivers” in its self-driving team, says it needs operators to be better trained, announces 55 openings for “mission specialists”  —  Uber has laid off about 100 backup drivers from its self-driving unit, mostly in Pittsburgh and some in San Francisco.
Richard Trenholm / CNET:
Sirin unveils Finney blockchain-based smartphone with an embedded cold wallet accessible via extra screen and a token conversion service, coming Nov. for $1,000  —  The whole point of cryptocurrency is that it's virtual money stored in the ether.  But you can still carry bitcoins in your pocket, as long as you have a Sirin Finney.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
In iOS 11.4.1, Apple fixed a longstanding bug that caused some region-specific iOS devices to crash when “Taiwan” was typed or Taiwan flag emojis were displayed  —  Apple fixed the denial-of-service flaw in update released Monday.  —  The iOS 11.4.1 update Apple released Monday …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Alphabet says Loon and Wing, X's internet balloon and delivery drone projects, are “graduating” to become full companies under the Alphabet corporate umbrella  —  The two companies will be part of Alphabet's Other Bets division  —  Alphabet has announced that Loon and Wing …
Karen Freifeld / Reuters:
Commerce Department signs deal with ZTE to lift the US export ban, pending completion of a $400M escrow payment, part of the $1.4B settlement reached last month  —  (Reuters) - The United States signed an agreement with ZTE Corp (000063.SZ) that paves the way for the Chinese tech company …
Adam Fisher / Wired:
Stefanie Fogel / Variety:
Blizzard Entertainment announces exclusive multi-year agreement for live TV coverage of its professional esports league for Overwatch with ESPN and Disney  —  The Overwatch League quarterfinals start Wednesday, July 11 at 8 p.m. ET and fans can now watch all of the action on ESPN, Disney …

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