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July 24, 2018, 10:25 AM

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Alphabet:
Alphabet reports Q2 revenue of $32.7B, up 26% YoY, and net income of $3.2B including EU fine; excluding the fine, net income was $8.3B; stock up 4%+  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - July 23, 2018 - Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.
Nat Levy / GeekWire:
Brad Sams / Thurrott.com:
Sources: Microsoft working on two new Xbox consoles, one of them a lower-powered streaming box for upcoming game streaming service referred to as Scarlett Cloud  —  Back at E3, Microsoft mentioned that they were working on a next-generation console.  At that time, I noted that this new console …
Klint Finley / Wired:
A look at how retailers and consumer brands use bots to scrape prices and other information from rivals' websites, amid efforts to detect and block them  —  COMPANIES ARE WAGING an invisible data war online.  And your phone might be an unwitting soldier.  —  Retailers from Amazon and Walmart …
Maria Deutscher / SiliconANGLE:
Jeff Bezos-backed cloud simulation startup Rescale raises $32M Series B led by Keen Venture Partners, SineWave Ventures, and Initialized Capital  —  Rescale Inc., a startup harnessing the public cloud for scientific simulations and other complex workloads, today announced that it has raised $32 million in fresh funding.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Google says none of its 85,000+ employees have been successfully phished since early 2017, when it required use of physical Security Keys in place of passwords  —  Google has not had any of its 85,000+ employees successfully phished on their work-related accounts since early 2017 …
Ry Crist / CNET:
Amazon adds audio equalizer controls for Echo devices in Alexa app, as well as via English voice commands in US, and opens the EQ functionality to third parties  —  Audiophiles love to nitpick over the way their music sounds, but until now, you haven't been able to do that with any of Amazon's Echo smart speakers.
Ry Crist / CNET:
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Publishers like NPR, Al Jazeera, and Bloomberg Media add editorial resources to smart speaker efforts but monetization remains unclear  —  Home voice assistants or smart speakers are still in their infancy as a consumer and revenue proposition, but publishers are stepping up their efforts …

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AWS Startups:
Shaping Your Startup Culture to Thrive  —  Our panel of experts at our AWS Loft in New York, including folks from Buzzfeed, Enigma, and Value Culture, discuss why culture is vital to any startup that wants to survive past its early days.
Google Fi:
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TechCrunch Disrupt SF:
Patrick Brown, the chief executive of Impossible Foods, is coming to Disrupt  —  Impossible Foods is having quite the year.  In the past seven months, the company has signed a nationwide deal with Burger King …
Intel:
Here's how Intel is powering breakthrough research in astronomy, medicine, AI and beyond  —  Fastest supercomputer in academia - Frontera, is based on 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

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