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August 3, 2019, 8:10 AM

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Alex Heath / The Information:
Facebook to rebrand Instagram and WhatsApp to “Instagram from Facebook” and “WhatsApp from Facebook”, sources say causing surprise and confusion internally  —  In a big shift, Facebook plans to signal its control of Instagram and WhatsApp by adding its name to both apps …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Goldman Sachs posts Apple Card's customer agreement on its site, says jailbreaking and cryptocurrency, casino chip, and lottery ticket purchases are forbidden  —  Apple has revealed more details about its upcoming credit card, and the Apple Card will come with one unique restriction and one not-so-unique restriction.
Matt Day / Bloomberg:
Amazon says it will let users opt out of human review of the voice recordings picked up by Alexa, following similar moves by Apple and Google  —  - Alexa reviewers transcribe, annotate some voice recordings  — Apple, Google suspended human voice review programs this week
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Zen Soo / South China Morning Post:
Hong Kong startup Tink Labs, which has raised $160M to provide free-to-use smartphones in hotel rooms, is shutting down in many markets, undergoing mass layoffs  —  Handy is a smartphone service operated by Tink Labs that equipped hotels globally with in-room handsets for guests Tink Labs informed employees …
Thomas Ricker / The Verge:
Google will let Android users in Europe choose their default search engine starting in 2020; inclusion on the choice screen will be determined via auction  —  Only the top-three bidders will appear alongside Google on the choice screen  —  Starting in early 2020, Google will present …
Mark Harris / The Guardian:
FCC filing: Pentagon tests high-altitude balloons in Midwest for a “surveillance system to locate and deter narcotic trafficking and homeland security threats”  —  Exclusive: the high-altitude balloons promise a cheap monitoring platform that could follow multiple cars and boats for extended periods
Reuters:
Turkey's TV and radio watchdog granted oversight of online content, including streaming services; online content providers must now get broadcasting licenses  —  ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey on Thursday granted its radio and television watchdog sweeping oversight over all online content …
Mark Wilson / Fast Company:
Interview with Snap CTO Bobby Murphy on augmented reality, visual communications, Lenses, Spectacles, and a future world in which the camera dominates  —  When Snapchat first became a phenomenon among teens in 2012, the focus understandably was on such distinguishing features as its promise …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google Fit to start rolling out detailed sleep logging and dark theme; iOS app gains support for route maps for workouts  —  With the revamped Fit last year, Google focused on physical activity through Heart Points and Move Minutes.  The service is adding detailed sleep logging to capture your entire day …

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