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August 7, 2018, 4:45 PM

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Donie O'Sullivan / CNNMoney:
West Virginia to introduce mobile phone voting in the midterm elections via Voatz's blockchain-based platform, mainly for troops serving abroad  —  Why voting in the US is so hard  —  West Virginians serving overseas will be the first in the country to cast federal election ballots using a smartphone app …
Shoshana Wodinsky / The Verge:
Following bans of Infowars' content, its mobile app has shot up iOS App Store and Google Play Store charts, going from 47th to 4th in US news category on iOS  —  ‘Infowars WILL NOT be silenced’  —  Infowars Official, the app named after Alex Jones' controversial radio talk show …
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Video streaming startup NewTV, led by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman, raises $1B round with Disney, Alibaba, NBCUniversal, Viacom, and others participating  —  Backers include Disney, Fox, Sony, Lionsgate, MGM, NBCU, Viacom, WarnerMedia, Alibaba, Liberty Global, Madrone Capital
Mozilla Press Center:
Mozilla unveils Advance, an experimental machine learning-driven Firefox extension that recommends pages to read next based on browsing habits and user input  —  The internet today is often like being on a guided tour bus in an unfamiliar city.  You end up getting off at the same places that everyone else does.
Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:
Report from FCC's inspector general refutes controversial claims by senior FCC officials that a cyberattack hobbled its comment system in May 2017  —  An investigation carried out by Federal Communication Commission's own inspector general officially refutes controversial claims …
Instapaper:
Instapaper returns to EU users after being unavailable since May 24 for GDPR compliance and relaunches Instapaper Premium subscription for $2.99/month  —  This year Instapaper celebrated its tenth birthday and, now that we are an independent company, we've been thinking a lot about the next ten years of Instapaper and beyond.
Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg:
Sources: SoftBank's Vision Fund plans to lead an investment of $3B-$5B in Alibaba's food delivery service Ele.me  —  - Masayoshi Son's fund is said to be heading up investor talks  — The round marks a much-needed boost in a costly subsidies war  —  SoftBank Group Corp.'s monster Vision Fund plans …

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