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August 2, 2018, 7:40 PM

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Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple becomes the world's only company with a $1T market cap  —  Apple has officially become the world's only trillion dollar publicly traded company, in terms of market capitalization, which is simply the company's number of outstanding shares multiplied by its stock price.
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Cisco is buying Duo Security, a vendor of cloud-based two-factor authentication services, for $2.35B in cash  —  Cisco today announced its intent to buy Ann Arbor, MI-based security firm, Duo Security.  Under the terms of agreement, Cisco is paying $2.35 billion in cash and assumed equity awards for Duo.
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Microsoft Surface Go review: thin and light with a gorgeous display, but its performance is wanting and there's a lack of great Windows tablet apps  —  The Surface Go is Microsoft's smallest and cheapest tablet yet, with specs that would make hardware nerds laugh.
Kara Swisher / New York Times:
Now that Facebook and other platforms have become “digital arms dealers”, Zuckerberg takes a crash course in free speech and propaganda, at a cost to the public  —  They have weaponized social media, and we are all paying the price.  —  Let me first state that I actually …
Natt Garun / The Verge:
Motorola unveils modular 6-inch Moto Z3 with Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM, dual cameras, and a 5G Moto Mod for upgrading to 5G, available on August 16 for $480  —  We've already got a handful of new Moto phones this year, including some Amazon exclusives, and today Motorola is adding yet another device to the list: the Moto Z3.
Monica Mercuri / Billboard:
Bytedance merges lip sync app Musical.ly, which it bought in November 2017, into its Tik Tok app, which has a new interface for easier video capture and editing  —  Musical.ly's new owner decides to nix the name and migrate the app's 100 million monthly active users to TikTok.
The Information:
Sources: Google is developing a news aggregation app for use in China that will comply with the country's strict censorship laws  —  Google is developing a news-aggregation app for use in China that will comply with the country's strict censorship laws, part of a plan to re-enter …
Richard Gao / Android Police:
Acer says its latest business-focused Chromebooks, which both have 13.5-inch displays, will be available in September for $649+  —  New Chromebooks will be available in September in robust configurations starting at $649.99; Ideal for professional environments, the Chromebooks are fast, secure, simple and easy to manage
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Arm buys US-based data analytics company Treasure Data to strengthen its IoT offerings; no price given, but an earlier report said Arm might pay $600M  —  Arm, the semiconductor firm you probably still remember as ARM, today announced that it has acquired Treasure Data, a data management platform for large enterprise customers.
More: Arm, The Register, and Xconomy
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Square announces Square Reader SDK that lets vendors accept payment in their own apps by integrating with Square Reader hardware  —  Square is opening up its payment processing tools to developers for the first time now thanks to its new Square Reader SDK.  Square's new software development …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Political campaigns are now using peer-to-peer texting apps, allowing them to have thousands of text conversations with voters, unregulated by anti-spam laws  —  Marla Hohner was at home in Dallas when a text message arrived from an unfamiliar number.  —  “Hi Marla,” it read.
Reuters:
Apple is speaking with Chinese telecom firms to find ways to reduce spam messages, after state media alleged it was allowing illegal content on its platform  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is speaking with Chinese telecom firms to find ways to reduce spam received through its messaging service …

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TWiT.tv:
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TechCrunch Disrupt SF:
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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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