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August 8, 2018, 11:15 PM

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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Magic Leap headset first look: functional and thoughtfully designed, with some advantages over competitors, but not a radical step forward nor a magical advance  —  When you write about augmented reality headsets, you're supposed to start by describing something impossible …
Scott Stein / CNET:
Magic Leap's One Creator Edition AR headset launches for select users for $2,295+ online; each device must be set up in person via white glove service Enjoy  —  The Magic Leap One AR headset is out now for $2,295, but not everywhere  —  Surprise!  But there's a good chance you still may not be able to buy it.
Jessi Hempel / Wired:
Interview with Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz as its AR headset launches, on the company's over-hyped marketing, developing for the headset, and more  —  Over the past few years, onetime supporters have grown skeptical of Magic Leap's mythical augmented-reality product.
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
Docs show how Google's building its censored search engine for China, codenamed Dragonfly, using subsidiary 265.com to compile a list of sites China's blocking  —  Google analyzed search terms entered into a Beijing-based website to help develop blacklists for a censored search engine …
Wall Street Journal:
New York City Council votes to cap Uber and Lyft, becoming the first US city to do so, imposing a 12-month freeze on new licenses  —  New York plans to cap ride-hailing services including Uber and Lyft, becoming the first U.S. city to take such a step.
Scott Scrivens / Android Police:
Images and video of alleged Google Pixel 3 XL production unit leak, showing a large notch on the top of the display and USB-C earbuds in the box  —  We're now just a couple of months out from the reveal of Google's latest Pixel phones, so we expected that leaks and rumors would start to intensify.
Justin Lynch / Fifth Domain:
DHS official says at BlackHat that DHS-funded researchers found major vulnerabilities in phones sold by all four major US carriers, doesn't list manufacturers  —  Research funded by the Department of Homeland Security has found a “slew” of vulnerabilities in mobile devices offered …
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
Infowars is now the number one “trending” app on the Google Play store, but its overall audience is likely reduced by Apple, Facebook, and YouTube's actions  —  Just days after Google, Facebook and Apple purged videos and podcasts from the right-wing conspiracy site Infowars from their sites …
Thomas Claburn / The Register:
Intel says it earned $1B in 2017 from sales of Xeon processors running AI workloads in data centers and provides an update for its data center chip roadmap  —  Optane DC persistent memory ships to Google, Xeon roadmap, and more revealed  —  At Intel's Data-Centric Innovation Summit today in Santa Clara …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches two AR games for Messenger video chat that can be played with up to six people  —  Facebook is diving deeper into in-house game development with the launch of its own version of Snapchat's multiplayer augmented reality video chat games.  Today, Facebook Messenger globally launches …
Justina Lee / Bloomberg:
ICO fundraising accelerated in 2018, but as regulatory scrutiny increases many blockchain projects are shutting out small investors and turning to private sales  —  - Initial coin offerings have raised a record amount this year  — Shift is taking place amid rising scrutiny from regulators
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Uber Eats says it's switching from flat $5 delivery fees to variable fees based on distance, usually between $2 and $8; the new pricing is rolling out today  —  When you order food with Uber Eats, you pay for a few different line items.  —  First, there's the cost of the pizza, sushi, ice cream or whatever it is you're ordering.
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