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July 17, 2018, 4:15 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Walmart strikes a five-year strategic partnership to use Microsoft's cloud tech, AI, machine learning, and other services, as both firms look to fend off Amazon  —  The shared rivalry with Amazon ‘is absolutely core to this,’ Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says
Kim Zetter / Motherboard:
Election Systems and Software contradicts earlier statements, admits to Sen. Wyden some voting systems sold to states from 2000-2006 had remote access feature  —  Remote-access software and modems on election equipment ‘is the worst decision for security short of leaving ballot boxes on a Moscow street corner.’
Joe Fedewa / XDA Developers:
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
Samsung announces 10nm 8GB LPDDR5 DRAM chip, targets 6.4Gbps data transfer rates and 30% reduced power  —  Samsung has been on a roll lately with memory & storage-related announcements, and that roll is continuing today with a new DRAM-related announcement out of the juggernaut.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Inside OGUSERS, a forum to trade social media and gaming handles, often stolen via “SIM hijacking” where phone numbers are stolen via carrier's customer service  —  Meet the hackers who flip seized Instagram handles and cryptocurrency in a shady, buzzing underground market for stolen accounts and usernames.
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
BMW launches Ride, a new ride-hailing offering available in Seattle starting today, as part of its car-sharing service ReachNow  —  BMW-owned ReachNow is bringing its ride-hailing and car-sharing services into one app as it takes on Uber, Lyft, and traditional rental companies in the rapidly-changing transportation industry.
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Andreessen Horowitz names Connie Chan a General Partner, ending the VC firm's no-promotion policy  —  Connie Chan is Andreessen Horowitz's first general partner promoted from within.  —  Andreessen Horowitz has prided itself on breaking some of venture capital's long-time norms in its nine years of operation.
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Tinder says it will begin testing Bitmoji integration in Canada and Mexico using the recently launched Snap Kit  —  Tinder will begin testing Bitmoji in its app in Canada and Mexico, the company announced today.  The new integration comes courtesy of the recently launched Snap Kit …
Bloomberg:
Social Capital CEO Chamath Palihapitiya defends his work after a string of prominent staff departures and a failed expansion that have left investors dismayed  —  Seven years ago, Social Capital made its debut as one of the hottest venture funds in Silicon Valley, the brainchild …
Ashlee Vance / Bloomberg:
Profile of Zoox, which has been building an autonomous car from scratch since 2014 and has raised $800M to date, including $500M in July at a valuation of $3.2B  —  The mystery box sits inside an all-white room in an office building in San Francisco.  It's a large, wooden crate with no features …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Snap partners with NewsWhip, Storyful, SAM Desk, and TagBoard to help journalists better mine the billions of public videos and photos shared on its app  —  Snapchat is launching a news partnership initiative with the goal of helping journalists and news organizations better mine the billions …
David Shepardson / Reuters:
In a hearing, Facebook, Alphabet, and Twitter tell House Judiciary Committee that they are not discriminating against content for political reasons  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc (FB.O), Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) and Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) told a U.S. House panel on Tuesday …

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