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August 3, 2018, 10:15 PM

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Q&A with Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney about why the Android version of Fortnite will be available exclusively on fortnite.com, bypassing the Google Play Store  —  Tim Sweeney is quiet as CEOs go.  But the head of Epic Games isn't shy when it comes to expressing his opinions about the state of games …
Henry T. Casey / Tom's Guide:
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook says it is testing its dating product internally; sign-up screenshots show the feature calls for a separate profile as described at F8 in May  —  Let the poking begin  —  Two months after announcing the product at its F8 developer conference, Facebook is testing its dating app internally with employees.
Bloomberg:
Google in talks with Tencent, Inspur, and other local companies to offer Google cloud services in mainland China  —  - Local partnerships would give Google political cover to return  — Talks began early this year but U.S.-China trade tensions loom  —  Google wants to get back into China …
Bloomberg:
Intercontinental Exchange, the owner of NYSE, partners with Starbucks, Microsoft and others to form a new Bitcoin trading platform called Bakkt  —  - Launch of physical futures contract planned for November  — Venture wants to offer merchant and consumer applications
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
Google Maps is rolling out a feature that shows the battery level of a device used when it is sharing location  —  Google has gone through several version of location sharing over the years, all the way back to Google Latitude.  That feature was inside Maps, but then location sharing moved to Google+.
Julie Zhu / Reuters:
Source: Didi and Ant Financial, both of which already own stakes in Ofo, are in talks for a joint buyout offer of up to $2B for the Chinese bike-sharing startup  —  HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing and Alibaba's (BABA.N) Ant Financial are in talks …
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
How the renaming of neighborhoods by Google Maps, even if they result from mistakes, can spread in the real world, such as in real estate listings and in apps  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For decades, the district south of downtown and alongside San Francisco Bay here was known as either Rincon Hill, South Beach or South of Market.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
In memo to employees, CEO Tim Cook calls Apple's $1T market cap a significant milestone, but not the most important measure of success  —  Following Apple's milestone crossing of $1 trillion in market value earlier today, Tim Cook has sent a full memo to employees, calling the value a “milestone” but nothing the company focuses on...
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