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August 7, 2019, 9:00 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 …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
A look at Samsung's updated DeX feature, which offers a desktop-like computing mode for its smartphones and has been expanded to work with Windows and macOS PCs  —  New compatibility with Windows and Mac puts your phone's screen on your laptop's display  —  Among the many new updates …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Samsung unveils Galaxy Book S, a $999 ultra-thin 13" Windows 10 laptop with LTE, a Snapdragon 8cx chipset, and a claimed 23 hour battery life, coming September  —  New smartphones weren't the only thing Samsung announced today at its Galaxy Unpacked 2019 event in Brooklyn.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Samsung and Microsoft extend partnership with tighter integration of Outlook, OneDrive, Office, Your Phone in Galaxy Note10, more; Microsoft to sell Note10  —  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.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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:
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
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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.
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 …
Jane Lytvynenko / BuzzFeed News:
The El Paso and Dayton shootings once again show how disinformation can spread on hard-to-track private messaging apps, oftentimes by bad actors  —  Just after the El Paso shooting, a video of a young man in glasses driving and rapping to Kendrick Lamar began to spread on Telegram.
Stacey Higginbotham / Stacey on IoT:
FCC filing reveals Walmart's wireless device that connects to garage door openers, likely for its upcoming InHome grocery delivery service  —  When it comes to the smart home, maybe the partnership with Google isn't enough for Walmart anymore.  According to an FCC filing …

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