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July 24, 2018, 11:25 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 …
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
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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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 …
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 …
Shan Li / Wall Street Journal:
Tencent signs a content licensing deal to translate and provide WebMD's healthcare content for Chinese audiences via WeChat and its QQ messaging app  —  Tencent will translate and adapt the content for Chinese audiences, as well as focus on diseases that are more prevalent in China
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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