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July 19, 2018, 9:35 PM

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Q4: $30.1B in revenue, up 17% YoY; operating income up 35% YoY to $10.4B; Intelligent Cloud revenue up 23% YoY to $9.6B and Azure revenue up 89% YoY  —  Microsoft Cloud Drives Record Fourth Quarter Results  —  REDMOND, Wash. — July 19, 2018 — Microsoft Corp. today announced …
Bloomberg:
Sources give more details on Google's Fuchsia OS, which now has 100+ engineers working on it and aims to underpin all Google's gadgets from IoT to Pixel  —  - More than 100 engineers are working on skunkworks Fuchsia OS  — New software could replace current systems in next five years
BuzzFeed News:
Sources: Mark Zuckerberg called Trump to congratulate him after his election victory; Facebook has privately praised Trump campaign's use of its platform  —  In the days following Donald Trump's election victory over Hillary Clinton, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg placed a secret …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Leaked internal Apple document confirms that the 2018 MacBook Pro keyboard includes a membrane to prevent debris from entering butterfly key mechanism  —  In an internal document distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers, obtained by MacRumors from multiple reliable sources …
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Investigation shows Google Home and Alexa struggle to understand Indian, Chinese, and Spanish accents compared to accents from across America  —  THE ACCENT GAP  —  We tested Amazon's Alexa and Google's Home to see how people with accents are getting left behind in the smart-speaker revolution.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Instagram adds a green status indicator next to online users on Direct inbox and share menus  —  The green ‘online’ dot comes to Instagram  —  Instagram is adding a new feature that's ripped right out of AOL Instant Messenger — a helpful green dot next to your friend's profile pictures …
Bloomberg:
Best Buy, expected to succumb to competition from Amazon, is instead thriving because of in-home consultations and “personal chief technology officers”  —  The big-box retailer doesn't just want to sell you electronics.  It wants its in-home consultants to be “personal chief technology officers.”
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it will begin proactively locking accounts of those under 13 on Instagram and Facebook, after report showed relaxed attitude by moderators  —  Facebook and Instagram will more proactively lock the accounts of users its moderators suspect are below the age of 13.
The Information:
Siri cofounder Tom Gruber and Apple's head of search Vipul Ved Prakash have left the company after John Giannandrea was named as the leader of the Siri Group  —  Tom Gruber, one of the original Siri cofounders, has left Apple, where he was recently the head of Siri's Advanced Development group …
Alan Ohnsman / Forbes:
Autonomous truck startup Embark Trucks raises $30M Series B led by Sequoia Capital, bringing total funding to $47M, to expand its fleet from five to 100  —  Embark co-founders Alex Rodrigues, left, and Brandon Moak with their fleet of autonomous semi-trucks at the startup's operations center in Ontario, California.
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Corinne Reichert / ZDNet:
The privately-owned $300M Hawaiki subsea cable connecting Australia, New Zealand, and the US, with anchor customers including Vodafone and AWS, has gone live  —  The privately owned subsea cable connecting Australia, New Zealand, and the United States has gone live.

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