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August 6, 2018, 9:25 PM

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Android 9, called Pie, is coming to Google Pixel phones today, but some key features won't officially ship until fall, like “slices” app search functionality  —  Google today revealed Android P stands for Android Pie, succeeding Android Oreo, and pushed the latest source code to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Facebook bans Infowars and 3 other pages run by Alex Jones for “repeated violations of Community Standards”; Spotify removes all episodes of The Alex Jones Show  —  Crackdown on US conspiracy theorist for promoting violence and hate speech  —  All but one of the major content platforms …
Sara Salinas / CNBC:
YouTube removes the Alex Jones Channel for violating community guidelines, after he circumvented a suspension by live streaming on other channels  —  YouTube has removed Alex Jones' page, following bans earlier today from Apple and Facebook.  —  Google had previously declined to comment …
CNBC:
Twitter says accounts for Alex Jones and Infowars do not violate its policy and it will leave them live for now  —  - Apple, Facebook and Google-owned YouTube removed videos, pages and podcasts posted by the controversial radio host.  — Jones took to Twitter and its wholly owned streaming …
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Priya Anand / The Information:
Sources: Amazon's sold ~50M Alexa devices, and only 2% of those owners have used Alexa to make a purchase in 2018; source: 90% of those haven't tried again  —  Amazon and Google both tout voice shopping—the ability to make purchases and check on the status of orders with verbal commands …
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Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple hopes to grow sales in India by opening stores starting next year, improving apps and services aimed at Indians, and offering better retail deals  —  Samsung, Xiaomi, and other rivals are stomping the company in India, where it ranks 11th.  —  In Bengaluru's busy Madiwala neighborhood …
Ryan Browne / CNN:
Pentagon updates policy, says DoD personnel must disable geolocation features on devices and in apps when deployed in locations designated as operational areas  —  Washington (CNN)The Pentagon is banning deployed personnel from using fitness trackers, smartphones and potentially even dating apps …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Mixpanel report: Facebook is now a major mobile browser in the US, with 10%+ market share in many states, while Safari leads with ~58%  —  Most of the data around web browser market share puts Google Chrome or Safari at the top - with their percentage of the market varying by platform and region.

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