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August 12, 2019, 9:40 PM

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Ursula Perano / Axios:
WordPress.com owner Automattic says it will buy Tumblr from Verizon, take on ~200 staffers, and keep the porn ban; source says Automattic paid less than $10M  —  Verizon is set to sell the social network Tumblr to Automattic Inc, the owner of blog site and publishing tool Wordpress, the Wall Street Journal reports.
New York Times:
How YouTube radicalized Brazil, diverting users to conspiracy and far-right channels, elevating Bolsonaro's party, and possibly creating a public health crisis  —  NITERÓI, Brazil — When Matheus Dominguez was 16, YouTube recommended a video that changed his life.
Daniel Palmer / CoinDesk:
Coinbase tells UK customers to convert their Zcash to other coins or move it to external wallets, otherwise it will automatically convert to pounds on Aug. 26  —  The U.K. arm of Coinbase appears to be dropping support for the privacy-focused cryptocurrency zcash.
Brad Sams / Thurrott:
Microsoft says the next planned major update for Minecraft, the Super Duper Graphics Pack update, is “too technically demanding” and has been canceled  —  Back at E3 2017, Micorosft showed off what was going to be the next major update for Minecraft.
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Sources: Facebook halted acquisition talks with Houseparty late last year due to antitrust concerns and began internal changes to make itself harder to break up  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Senator Elizabeth Warren has called for the breakup of big tech companies like Facebook.
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Samsung has unveiled ISOCELL Bright HMX, a 108MP smartphone camera sensor developed in collaboration with Xiaomi, one of the largest ever at 1/1.33-inches  —  With the smartphone megapixel camera wars raging on, Samsung has fired a significant shot.  It unveiled a 108-megapixel smartphone …
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Johnson Controls' GLAS thermostat, debuted as a Cortana-powered device in 2018, is being updated to remove Cortana, instead offering Alexa and Google Assistant  —  The GLAS smart thermostat was to be Cortana's big expansion in the connected home, but the stylish glass HVAC controller …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Attentive raises $40M Series B led by Sequoia for its mobile messaging tools for retailers  —  Attentive, a startup helping retailers personalize their mobile messages, is announcing that it has raised $40 million in Series B funding.  —  The startup was founded by Brian Long and Andrew Jones …
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Mary Ann Azevedo / Crunchbase News:
AI-powered search company Lucidworks raises $100M from investors including Francisco Partners and TPG Sixth Street Partners, following last year's $50M Series E  —  AI-powered search venture Lucidworks has raised $100 million from Francisco Partners and TPG Sixth Street Partners …
Stewart Clarke / Variety:
French regulators approve a plan by the country's heavyweight broadcasters to launch Salto, a joint streaming service expected in Q1 2020, to battle Netflix  —  Amazon and Netflix are soon to get some Gallic competition from Team France.  French regulators gave the green light Monday to plans …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Roblox says it has 2M+ game creators worldwide who are on track to earn $100M in 2019, debuts a Developer Marketplace for creators' development assets and tools  —  A week after gaming platform Roblox announced its new milestone of 100 million monthly users — topping Minecraft …

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