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August 7, 2019, 7:35 PM

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Samsung debuts the Galaxy Note10 with 6.3" screen, wide angle and telephoto rear cameras, Snapdragon 855, coming Aug. 23 with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage for $949  —  Available on August 23rd starting at $949  —  Samsung is announcing not one, but two versions of its flagship Galaxy Note 10 smartphone …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Samsung and Microsoft extend partnership with tighter integration of Outlook, OneDrive, Office, Your Phone in Galaxy Note 10, more; Microsoft to sell Note 10  —  Samsung is working with Microsoft to integrate Redmond's apps and services on the Galaxy Note 10 and coming Galaxy Book S devices as part of the pair's extended partnership.
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Samsung unveils Galaxy Note10+ with a 6.8" display, all-screen design, Snapdragon 855, 12GB of RAM, 256GB or 512GB storage, coming on August 23 for $1,100+  —  For the first time ever, Samsung is launching two new Note phones at once: the 6.3-inch Note 10, which is actually smaller than last year's model …
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Rob Price / Business Insider:
Sources: Instagram has banned “preferred marketing partner” HYP3R, which scraped millions of posts per month, including Stories, and tracked users' locations  —  - A buzzy San Francisco startup has been secretly saving what appears to be millions of Instagram users' stories and tracking their locations.
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Source and documents show Microsoft contractors are listening to some Skype calls made using the app's translation service  —  Contractors working for Microsoft are listening to personal conversations of Skype users conducted through the app's translation service, according to a cache of internal documents …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Sources: White House is circulating drafts of an executive order addressing alleged anti-conservative bias on social media, although exact details are unclear  —  The White House is circulating drafts of a proposed executive order that would address allegations of anti-conservative bias …
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony say they will require game publishers to disclose the odds of receiving types of in-game items from loot boxes starting in 2020  —  And a handful of publishers, too  —  The three major video game console manufacturers — Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Facebook is rebuilding Instagram's messaging feature using Messenger tech, with Instagram's team reporting to Messenger; Instagram's look won't change  —  - Social network takes first steps to combine messaging products  — Instagram's direct messaging team now reports to Messenger
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Salesforce announces it has acquired field service software company ClickSoftware for $1.35B  —  Another day, another Salesforce acquisition.  Just days after closing the hefty $15.7 billion Tableau deal, the company opened its wallet again, this time announcing it has bought field service …
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Bloomberg:
FedEx says it will not renew its ground-delivery contract with Amazon when it expires at the end of this month, as the e-commerce giant emerges as a competitor  —  FedEx Corp. is snipping another tie with Amazon.com Inc. as the e-commerce giant emerges as a competitor by building its own shipping network.
Lyft, Inc.:
Lyft reports Q2 revenue of $867M, up 72% YoY, and an adjusted net loss $197.3M compared to an adjusted loss of $176.5M a year ago  —  Second quarter revenue grew to $867 million, up 72% year-over-year  —  Based on execution and improving market environment, raising outlook for fiscal 2019
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Webflow, a simple website builder for non-coders, raises $72M Series A led by Accel, after previously raising only $2.9M; sources say valuation is $350M-$400M  —  Covering venture capital, software and startups  —  On his fourth attempt at building the company of his dreams …

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