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July 24, 2018, 1:20 PM

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Cloud announces Cloud Services Platform, an integrated set of cloud services that can be deployed both in the cloud and on premises  —  The cloud isn't right for every business, be that because of latency constraints at the edge, regulatory requirements or because it's simply cheaper …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
eBay to add support for Apple Pay, beginning rollout this fall in US, and partners with Square Capital on seller financing  —  Ebay announced this morning it will begin accepting Apple Pay on its marketplace starting this fall, and has also teamed up with Square Capital on seller financing.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
EU fines Asus €63.5M, Philips €29.8M, Pioneer €10.1M, and Denon & Marantz €7.7M for online price fixing  —  The European Union's antitrust authorities have issued a series of penalties, fining consumer electronics companies Asus, Denon & Marantz …
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 …
Scott Moritz / Bloomberg:
Source: Verizon is seeking to partner with Google or Apple to provide a TV service when it launches 5G to homes in LA and Sacramento later this year  —  - First wireless broadband service with video launches this year  — Live, online TV to be part of showcase for superfast network
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Chrome 68, rolling out today, shows a “not secure” warning for any HTTP website; in October the warning's color will change to red  —  Three and a half years ago, Google predicted that the day would come when Chrome would warn us all of the security risks of using …
Reuters:
Verizon beats estimates in Q2 with net income of $4.12B and total revenue of $32.20B, adds 398K net postpaid subscribers  —  (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) reported a 5.4 percent rise in quarterly revenue on Tuesday, as it attracted more postpaid subscribers with unlimited data plans.
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 …
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.
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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.
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.

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