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August 1, 2019, 5:15 PM

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Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, the biggest name in Fortnite and one of Twitch's most popular stars, says he will move to Microsoft's Mixer full-time  —  Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, the biggest name in Fortnite and one of Twitch's most popular stars, is leaving the platform to stream exclusively on Mixer.
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Inside US-based “phone farms”, where people use dozens or hundreds of smartphones to fabricate engagements with ads and generate some disposable income  —  Ordinary Americans are using armies of phones to generate cash to buy food, diapers, and beer through ad fraud.
PR Newswire:
DoorDash agrees to acquire Caviar, Square's food delivery business, for $410M  —  DoorDash, the fastest-growing last-mile logistics platform in the U.S., announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Square (NYSE: SQ) to acquire Caviar for $410 million in cash and DoorDash preferred stock.
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Facebook details its first takedown of inauthentic accounts linked to the Saudi government, alongside a separate takedown of accounts linked to UAE and Egypt  —  Washington (CNN Business)Facebook said Thursday it had found evidence of something cyber security and national security experts …
Dr. Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
An in-depth look at Intel's new Ice Lake chips, including their development history and benchmark results  —  Intel's new Ice Lake platform is the company's second attempt at producing a 10nm chip for the mass market, and follows on from the Cannon Lake platform.
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Intel unveils eleven 10th-gen Ice Lake laptop CPUs, built on its new 10-nm Sunny Cove architecture, claims they run 18% more instructions per clock than before  —  Intel gave us the broad strokes of its 10th-generation “Ice Lake” notebook CPUs at Computex a few months ago, but now the company is finally ready to give us more details.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: as part of its antitrust probe, FTC is investigating whether Facebook bought startups like Instagram and WhatsApp to neutralize possible competitors  —  Regulators examining whether social-media giant bought companies to neutralize possible rivals  —  The Federal Trade Commission's …
Abhijeet M. / SamMobile:
Leaked render of Samsung's 3.5mm to USB-C adapter is a further indication that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will not have a 3.5mm headphone jack  —  We've seen the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ in all their glory in a slew of leaked renders already, and now, a render showing the 3.5mm …
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Bird unveils new electric scooter with 50% more battery life, anti-vandalism sensors, anti-tipping kickstands, and anti-puncture tires  —  Bird Two also has anti-tipping kickstands and anti-puncture tires  —  It's been less than three months since Bird unveiled Bird One …
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Holloway, which publishes in-depth guides about running a startup, raises $4.6M in seed funding from The New York Times, NEA, Lightspeed, and others  —  Founders need to get smart quickly about the many nuanced aspects of building a company, from understanding weird language in a big term sheet to hiring a key software developer.
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George Anadiotis / ZDNet:
Dgraph, an open source graph database startup, raises $11.5M Series A led by Redpoint Ventures  —  Imagine a graph database that's not aimed at the growing graph database market, selling to Fortune 500 without sales, and claiming to be the fastest without benchmarks.  Dgraph is unique in some interesting ways.
Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times:
With an estimated 420K CCTV cameras operating in the city, London has become a test bed for visual surveillance tech, including live facial recognition  —  On the last day of January, few of the shoppers and office workers who hurried through Romford town centre in east London …
Klint Finley / Wired:
A look at the debate about commercializing open source software, as more companies adopt restrictive licenses for their open source software to generate revenue  —  As open source software grows more popular, and important, developers face an existential question: How to make money from something you give away for free?
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Opsani, which is working on AI-based DevOps software to continuously optimize cloud apps, raises $10M Series A led by Redpoint Ventures  —  Opsani, a DevOps software developer headquartered in Redwood City, California, today announced that it's secured $10 million in series A funding led …
Liam Tung / ZDNet:
Google to let G Suite admins select users for the Advanced Protection Program, designed to prevent cyberattacks against high-profile users, in the coming days  —  You might never need to change your password again if you're part of the G Suite Advanced Protection Program.

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