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August 8, 2019, 8:55 PM

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Uber:
Uber reports Q2 revenue of $3.17B, up 14% YoY, net loss of $5.2B and a loss of ~$1.3B excluding stock based compensation, gross bookings of $15.8B, up 31% YoY  —  SAN FRANCISCO—(BUSINESS WIRE)— Uber Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: UBER) today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2019.
Craig Lloyd / iFixit:
iPhones now do not display the Battery Health feature when their batteries are replaced by unauthorized service providers  —  By activating a software lock on newer iPhones, Apple is announcing a drastic new policy: only Apple batteries go in iPhones, and only they can install them.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook is offering millions of dollars to news outlets to license their content for a news section that the company hopes to launch later this year  —  Company approached ABC News, Dow Jones, Washington Post and Bloomberg as it plans to launch news section
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Google Maps expands its beta AR walking navigation feature, called Live View, to all Android and iOS devices that support ARCore and ARKit, starting this week  —  Google wants its Maps app to be about more than just getting directions.  The search giant on Thursday announced a handful …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Samsung confirms Galaxy Note10 and 10+ won't work with its Gear VR headset  —  Phone-based VR is on the decline  —  Samsung's just-announced Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus are “not compatible” with Gear VR, the company's virtual reality headset that works only with a phone slotted in front of the lenses …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Google will start surfacing individual podcast episodes in search results and will soon let users ask Google Assistant to play podcasts about specific topics  —  Search for what you want to hear  —  Google is taking the next step in making podcasts easier to find.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Broadcom acquires Symantec's enterprise business for $10.7B in cash  —  KEY POINTS  —  U.S. President Donald Trump jokes with Broadcom CEO Hock Tan as he announces that Broadcom would be moving back to the U.S. in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on Nov. 2, 2017.
Kim Zetter / VICE:
ES&S claims that its election systems are never connected to the internet, but researchers find 35 ES&S systems in 10 states have been online over the last year  —  The top voting machine company in the country insists that its election systems are never connected to the internet.
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Check Point researchers: Facebook has failed to address a WhatsApp flaw that lets hackers alter messages and sender identities, a year after it was reported  —  Cybersecurity experts who found a way to hack WhatsApp and manipulate chat messages said on Wednesday that Facebook has failed to address the flaws …
Anna Wiener / New Yorker:
How Hacker News moderators Daniel Gackle and Scott Bell practice a personal and slow approach, engaging with users in e-mail chains that can last for years  —  Can a human touch make Silicon Valley's biggest discussion forum a more thoughtful place?  —  Open-plan offices offer few pleasures …
Thomas Brewster / Forbes:
Apple expands bug bounty to macOS, watchOS, and Apple TV, increases maximum payout to $1M, and will open the program to all researchers this fall  —  Apple is offering between $100,000 and $1 million for anyone who can hack an iPhone.  (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)  —  GETTY IMAGES
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Federal appeals court rules Facebook must face a class action suit claiming that its facial recognition practices violated an Illinois biometric privacy law  —  (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Facebook Inc's (FB.O) effort to undo a class action lawsuit claiming …
Bijan Stephen / The Verge:
Twitch launches its first broadcasting software, Twitch Studio, aimed at new streamers and in closed beta, available today on PC  —  This is the company's first broadcast offering  —  Twitch just launched Twitch Studio, the company's first broadcasting software.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Facebook is testing selling video streaming subscriptions in the US, starting with four services including BBC and ITV's BritBox and CollegeHumor's Dropout  —  Facebook is dipping its toes into the subscription VOD waters — as an aggregator and reseller.  —  The social giant is launching …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
How user-facing platforms, infrastructure companies, and democratically elected governments can get better at deciding what content should be moderated and when  —  On Sunday night, when Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince announced in a blog post that the company was terminating service for 8chan, the response was nearly universal: Finally.

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Smartsheet:
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TWiT.tv:
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Zoho:
Six ways to use shapes to create a compelling presentation in Zoho Show  —  Ideas come in all shapes and sizes—be it an extra fold to help your paper plane fly a few inches further, or an equation that changes …
AWS Startups:
How Daivergent Is Helping Autistic People with Careers in Tech  —  Founded in 2017 by Byron Dai and Rahul Mahida, Daivergent's platform connects AI companies with high-volume data needs to a remote workforce comprised of people with autism.
Google Fi:
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TechCrunch Disrupt SF:
Will Smith and Ang Lee are coming to Disrupt SF this October 2-4  —  We'll talk to Lee and Smith about what it was like working with these effects, and how else they could change the way movies get made.
Intel:
Here's how Intel is powering breakthrough research in astronomy, medicine, AI and beyond  —  Fastest supercomputer in academia - Frontera, is based on 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

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