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July 15, 2018, 8:00 PM

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Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Following the latest Mueller indictments, Twitter bans DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 accounts, says it is reviewing company policies and expects to make updates soon  —  The US' indictment of Russian officers over the DNC hacks is having an effect... at least, on Twitter.
Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:
Online game creation platform Roblox, which is reportedly raising at a $2.4B valuation, says it's on track to more than double developer payouts to $70M in 2018  —  - Roblox, the video-game app that's wildly popular with younger players, is on track to pay out $70 million to its developers this year.
The Guardian:
Lancaster University's Litcraft uses Minecraft to create accurate scale models of places from books like Treasure Island to promote reading among school kids  —  Ever wanted to explore Treasure Island or pretend to be Robinson Crusoe?  Minecraft is now being used to create an 'immersive experience …
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Smule rebrands its Sing! Karaoke app, which lets users record music videos solo or as duets with other users or artists, to Smule, says the app has 50M MAUs  —  Smule wants everyone to know its name.  —  The company, a San Francisco-based startup named from a portmanteau of “sonic” and “mule,” runs a collection of music-related apps.
Hanna Kozlowska / Quartz:
Germany's highest court rules that the parents of a teenager who died in 2012 should inherit access to her Facebook account, including private messages  —  Germany's highest court ruled Thursday (July 12) that the parents of a teenager who died in 2012 after being hit by a train should be allowed …
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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Hands-on with the top-of-the-line 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro: it's fast, keyboard is quieter with similar key travel as the 2017 model, and True Tone works well  —  It's a MacBook, alright  —  The new MacBook Pro keyboards are quieter.  —  We've had a top-of-the-line 15-inch MacBook Pro review unit …
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