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August 27, 2018, 2:05 PM

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Bloomberg:
Sources: 6.5" OLED iPhone to get split screen view for apps like Mail and Calendar; 6.1" LCD and 6.5" OLED iPhones to support dual SIMs at least in some regions  —  - Two high-end OLED models focus on speed and camera upgrades  — New iPad Pros, Apple Watches with larger screens also coming
Paul Thurrott / Thurrott.com:
Microsoft announces Xbox All Access with Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Live Gold, and Xbox One S or Xbox One X console for $22 or $35/mo on a 2 year contract in US  —  Microsoft today confirmed the rumors: Xbox All Access is a new subscription offering that ties a console to Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass for two years.
Facebook:
Facebook removes 18 Facebook accounts, one Instagram account, and 52 Facebook Pages, including Burmese military officials, in response to Myanmar violence  —  The ethnic violence in Myanmar has been truly horrific.  Earlier this month, we shared an update on the steps we're taking to prevent …
Shannon Bond / Financial Times:
CEO says Uber is planning a shift from cars to electric bikes and scooters for shorter trips as part of its long-term strategy, despite short-term financial hit  —  Uber is planning a shift in emphasis from cars to electric bicycles and scooters for shorter journeys as part of its long-term strategy …
Reuters:
VMware to acquire Boston-based CloudHealth, sources say for about $500M, to help enterprises manage deployments across their own datacenters and public clouds  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - VMware Inc will acquire CloudHealth Technologies as part of the information technology company's continued push …
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Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Amazon and VMware debut a version of database management software for companies that use on-premises databases from Microsoft, Oracle, MariaDB, and others  —  Amazon Web Services has emerged as a dominant force in cloud computing by hosting other companies' technology infrastructure in its massive data centers.
More: ZDNet and TechCrunch
Palmer Luckey / The Blog of Palmer Luckey:
Oculus cofounder reviews Magic Leap: less of a functional developer kit, more of a flashy hype vehicle that almost nobody can actually use in a meaningful way  —  The title of this review was carefully chosen, not glibly.  I want what is best for VR and all other technologies on the Reality-Virtuality Continuum, Magic Leap included.
Madhav Chanchani / The Economic Times:
Sources: Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway has agreed to acquire a 3% to 4% stake in Paytm's parent company One97 Communications, valuing Paytm at over $10B  —  Softbank and Alibaba-backed Paytm may get valued at $10 billion after this funding from Berkshire Hathaway
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
Tech companies are lobbying for a federal privacy law that would overrule the California law and give them wide leeway over how personal information is handled  —  WASHINGTON — Technology companies have taken plenty of hits on privacy this year.  In May, Europe began enforcing a sweeping …
Samson Mow / THE LION'S DEN:
At its core Bitmain is a chip company developing chips optimized for cryptocurrency mining, and it has failed to successfully deploy a next gen chip since 2016  —  This is the third time that this article has been published.  2048 Capital is an offshore cryptocurrency investment fund.

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