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Tencent reports $15.7B Q2 revenues and a record quarterly profit of $2.7B, up 70% YoY, as company's mobile game revenue tops PC, propelled by Honour of Kings

Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Tencent reports $15.7B Q2 revenues and a record quarterly profit of $2.7B, up 70% YoY, as company's mobile game revenue tops PC, propelled by Honour of Kings  —  Tencent, Asia's highest valued technology company, posted a record quarterly profit of $2.7 ...

Sources: government review of AT&T's $85B takeover of Time Warner has reached an advanced stage, as AT&T lawyers discuss merger conditions with the DoJ

Wall Street Journal: Sources: government review of AT&T's $85B takeover of Time Warner has reached an advanced stage, as AT&T lawyers discuss merger conditions with the DoJ  —  Markets are also growing more optimistic about the $85 billion takeover deal's chances  —  The ...

Following President Trump's Monday order, the United States Trade Representative formally launches probe into China's alleged theft of US intellectual property

Reuters: Following President Trump's Monday order, the United States Trade Representative formally launches probe into China's alleged theft of US intellectual property  —  WASHINGTON - The United States on Friday formally launched an investigation into China's alleged theft of U.S. ...

US lawmakers and advocates on both the left and right are increasingly calling for regulating Google, Facebook, and Amazon

David McCabe / Axios: US lawmakers and advocates on both the left and right are increasingly calling for regulating Google, Facebook, and Amazon  —  Tech behemoths Google, Facebook and Amazon are feeling the heat from the far-left and the far-right, and even the center is starting to fold.

Google is rolling out autoplaying AI-generated silent 6-second previews for videos in search results, while on Wi-Fi in Android Chrome and Google apps

Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google is rolling out autoplaying AI-generated silent 6-second previews for videos in search results, while on Wi-Fi in Android Chrome and Google apps  —  Google announced a major update to its mobile search results pages today.  Whenever your query brings ...

Immersv, a mobile 360 and VR ad platform, raises $10.5M Series A led by Rogers Venture Partners with participation from HTC Vive, Initial Capital, and more

Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Immersv, a mobile 360 and VR ad platform, raises $10.5M Series A led by Rogers Venture Partners with participation from HTC Vive, Initial Capital, and more  —  Immersv has raised $10.5 million to strengthen its position as a provider of advertising for ...

Facebook VP Deb Liu talks about Marketplace expansion plans including adding ticket sales and listings from local car dealers and real estate agents

Kurt Wagner / Recode: Facebook VP Deb Liu talks about Marketplace expansion plans including adding ticket sales and listings from local car dealers and real estate agents  —  Facebook wants to bring ticket sales and bigger retailers inside Marketplace.  —  Facebook has big plans for ...

China launches a court to handle Internet-related disputes; first civil case handled in 20 minutes, with parties communicating with judge online

BBC: China launches a court to handle Internet-related disputes; first civil case handled in 20 minutes, with parties communicating with judge online  —  China has launched a digital “cyber-court” to help deal with a rise in the number of internet-related claims, according to ...

Google will livestream official Android O launch on August 21st; teaser file name suggests it will be called Oreo

Ryne Hager / Android Police: Google will livestream official Android O launch on August 21st; teaser file name suggests it will be called Oreo  —  Today it has been revealed that Android O, the next major version of Google's operating system, will be “touching down” on August ...

Donald Trump authorizes elevation of US Cyber Command to the status of Unified Combatant Command, triggering a review of whether it should be separated from NSA

Jordan Fabian / The Hill: Donald Trump authorizes elevation of US Cyber Command to the status of Unified Combatant Command, triggering a review of whether it should be separated from NSA  —  President Trump announced Friday he is boosting U.S. Cyber Command to a full combatant command, ...

Asus Tango-powered ZenFone AR review: good camera, nice screen, but annoyingly bad battery life and Tango disappoints with a pathetically small number of apps

Jordan Palmer / Android Police: Asus Tango-powered ZenFone AR review: good camera, nice screen, but annoyingly bad battery life and Tango disappoints with a pathetically small number of apps  —  Google has partnered with another manufacturer to produce a phone with Tango on board, for better ...

Sources: movie studios, including Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures, in talks with Apple, Comcast to offer movie rentals mere weeks after theatrical releases

Anousha Sakoui / Bloomberg: Sources: movie studios, including Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures, in talks with Apple, Comcast to offer movie rentals mere weeks after theatrical releases  —  Studios are said focused on project despite exhibitor pushback  —  Theater chains are said ...

Essential Phone review: edge-to-edge screen is great, good performance and battery life, but has a mediocre camera, an unproven module system, and no 3.5mm jack

Dieter Bohn / The Verge: Essential Phone review: edge-to-edge screen is great, good performance and battery life, but has a mediocre camera, an unproven module system, and no 3.5mm jack  —  An arcane artifact from an unrealized future  —  Even though it was announced less than three ...

Travis Kalanick files reply to fraud lawsuit, says Benchmark ambushed him in a public and personal attack, and that the case should be privately arbitrated

Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed: Travis Kalanick files reply to fraud lawsuit, says Benchmark ambushed him in a public and personal attack, and that the case should be privately arbitrated  —  The former Uber CEO filed court documents late Thursday that say the investors behind the lawsuit ambushed him, ...

Asus launches six ZenFone 4 dual-camera phones with the flagship ZenFone 4 Pro, Selfie and Selfie Pro for selfie enthusiasts, and budget-range Max and Max Pro

Aloysius Low / CNET: Asus launches six ZenFone 4 dual-camera phones with the flagship ZenFone 4 Pro, Selfie and Selfie Pro for selfie enthusiasts, and budget-range Max and Max Pro  —  Do you like dual cameras on your phones?  If so, Asus has six pieces of good news for you — in the ...

Lenovo posts Q1 loss of $72M on $10.01B revenue as PC shipments decline 6% YoY; company's mobile business narrowed losses to $129M on $1.75B revenue

Sijia Jiang / Reuters: Lenovo posts Q1 loss of $72M on $10.01B revenue as PC shipments decline 6% YoY; company's mobile business narrowed losses to $129M on $1.75B revenue  —  HONG KONG - Chinese personal computer maker Lenovo Group Ltd warned of higher costs and margin ...

Travis Kalanick files reply to fraud lawsuit, says Benchmark ambushed him in a public and personal attack, and that the case should be privately arbitrated

Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed: Travis Kalanick files reply to fraud lawsuit, says Benchmark ambushed him in a public and personal attack, and that the case should be privately arbitrated  —  Uber CEO Travis Kalanick attends the summer World Economic Forum in Tianjin, China, June 26, 2016.  ...

Lenovo posts Q1 loss of $72M on $10.01B revenue citing slow growth in the PC market; company's mobile business narrowed losses to $129M on $1.75B revenue

Sijia Jiang / Reuters: Lenovo posts Q1 loss of $72M on $10.01B revenue citing slow growth in the PC market; company's mobile business narrowed losses to $129M on $1.75B revenue  —  HONG KONG - Chinese personal computer maker Lenovo Group Ltd posted a first-quarter loss on ...

Instagram can now automatically turn photos you're replying to in direct messages into a sticker, adds split-screen reply option by tapping on the sticker

Instagram: Instagram can now automatically turn photos you're replying to in direct messages into a sticker, adds split-screen reply option by tapping on the sticker  —  Today we're introducing new ways to reply with photos and videos that help you have fun, visual conversations with your ...

Researchers find indefensible vulnerability in CAN protocol that controls airbags and sensors including antilock brakes in all modern vehicles

Federico Maggi / TrendLabs Security Intelligence Blog: Researchers find indefensible vulnerability in CAN protocol that controls airbags and sensors including antilock brakes in all modern vehicles  —  In many instances, researchers and engineers have found ways to hack into modern, ...

Social network Gab, popular among the far right, says it has raised $1M+ via crowdfunding as Google removes the app from Play Store for hate speech

Kerry Flynn / Mashable: Social network Gab, popular among the far right, says it has raised $1M+ via crowdfunding as Google removes the app from Play Store for hate speech  —  Gab launched almost exactly a year ago with a definite ethos: Free speech at all cost.  —  That's ...

As GitHub hits $200M in revenue, CEO Chris Wanstrath tells staff during all-hands meeting that he will step down after CEO search and become executive chairman

Alex Konrad / Forbes: As GitHub hits $200M in revenue, CEO Chris Wanstrath tells staff during all-hands meeting that he will step down after CEO search and become executive chairman  —  Three and a half years after his return, Chris Wanstrath will step down as CEO of popular developer ...

Apple adds new setting in iOS 11 beta that temporarily disables Touch ID, brings up option to call 911 when iPhone users tap power button five times quickly

Tom Warren / The Verge: Apple adds new setting in iOS 11 beta that temporarily disables Touch ID, brings up option to call 911 when iPhone users tap power button five times quickly  —  Apple is adding an easy way to quickly disable Touch ID in iOS 11.  A new setting, designed to automate ...

Bitcoin wallet provider Blockchain and exchange Bitstamp add support for Ethereum

Robert Hackett / Fortune: Bitcoin wallet provider Blockchain and exchange Bitstamp add support for Ethereum  —  Ethereum, a cryptocurrency network and rival to Bitcoin, continues to gain steam in the virtual money world.  —  Two of the longest-operating cryptocurrency businesses said ...

Social network Gab, popular among alt-right, says it has raised $1M+ on crowdfunding platform StartEngine

Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat: Social network Gab, popular among alt-right, says it has raised $1M+ on crowdfunding platform StartEngine  —  As high-tech firms have begun taking steps to weed out some of the most offensive right-wing hate groups, alternative social network Gab has seen a ...

ThoughtSpot raised $60M Series C-1 round led by Lightspeed Ventures for its SpotIQ content recommendation AI software, bringing the total raised to $160M

Heather Mack / Wall Street Journal: ThoughtSpot raised $60M Series C-1 round led by Lightspeed Ventures for its SpotIQ content recommendation AI software, bringing the total raised to $160M  —  Startup plans use the capital to release its artificial intelligence-powered tool, dubbed ...

Internal memo: Mic is laying off 25 staffers, primarily from its news and editorial departments, as it shifts focus to video and visual journalism

Maxwell Tani / Business Insider: Internal memo: Mic is laying off 25 staffers, primarily from its news and editorial departments, as it shifts focus to video and visual journalism  —  Mic.com laid off staffers on Thursday in what is part of a larger pivot to video that it will begin later ...

Reddit now allows users to upload videos; videos can be up to 15 minutes long, with file sizes of less than 1 GB

Janko Roettgers / Variety: Reddit now allows users to upload videos; videos can be up to 15 minutes long, with file sizes of less than 1 GB  —  Videos are coming to Reddit, thanks to a new feature that allows users to upload video clips directly to the service.  Reddit rolled out the new ...

B2B data platform ZoomInfo was acquired by private equity firm Great Hill Partners for $240M

Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: B2B data platform ZoomInfo was acquired by private equity firm Great Hill Partners for $240M  —  ZoomInfo, the subscription-based B2B platform that sells access to company data such as contact details, employment history, and other background information, was ...

Microsoft launches preview of redesigned Skype desktop client, adds new features including @mentions, message reactions, media gallery, and enhanced group calls

Skype Blogs: Microsoft launches preview of redesigned Skype desktop client, adds new features including @mentions, message reactions, media gallery, and enhanced group calls  —  Starting today, the next generation of Skype is available in preview on desktop computers.  It's not yet complete ...

Nielsen is launching a new division, Nielsen Esports, to quantify the rapidly growing industry for teams, sponsors, advertisers, and publishers

Eben Novy-Williams / Bloomberg: Nielsen is launching a new division, Nielsen Esports, to quantify the rapidly growing industry for teams, sponsors, advertisers, and publishers  —  Estimates of pro gaming industry, audience vary wildly  —  Nielsen will provide analysis across ...

Sprint opens Essential Phone pre-orders with a $260 discount, only offers black versions, and says units will ship by August 28

Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: Sprint opens Essential Phone pre-orders with a $260 discount, only offers black versions, and says units will ship by August 28  —  Sprint is now taking preorders for the Essential Phone, and it's offering subscribers a pretty good perk to jump on it early: ...

Alibaba's Q1 beats estimates as revenue rose 56% to $7.4B, with revenue rising 58% in core ecommerce, almost 50% in cloud, and 30% in media

Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg: Alibaba's Q1 beats estimates as revenue rose 56% to $7.4B, with revenue rising 58% in core ecommerce, almost 50% in cloud, and 30% in media  —  Results beat projections on both the top and bottom lines  —  Cloud revenue doubles but media climbed just ...

Google adds Q&A section to Maps on Android and mobile search, letting businesses answer questions

Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google adds Q&A section to Maps on Android and mobile search, letting businesses answer questions  —  Google is launching a new feature for Google Maps for Android and mobile search today: question and answers.  I'm sure it won't come as a surprise when I ...

Tim Cook says Apple will make two separate $1M donations, to Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League, in an email to staff about Charlottesville

Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed: Tim Cook says Apple will make two separate $1M donations, to Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League, in an email to staff about Charlottesville  —  On Wednesday evening Apple CEO Tim Cook sent an email to all global employees condemning racism ...

SEC filing shows Andrew Ng, Google Brain founder and former Baidu chief scientist, is raising a $150M AI fund

John Mannes / TechCrunch: SEC filing shows Andrew Ng, Google Brain founder and former Baidu chief scientist, is raising a $150M AI fund  —  We knew that Andrew Ng had more than just a series of deep learning courses up his sleeve when he announced the first phase of his deeplearning.ai ...

James Damore's memo made giant, unfounded logical leaps and ignored important evidence that didn't support his conclusion

Economist: James Damore's memo made giant, unfounded logical leaps and ignored important evidence that didn't support his conclusion  —  Last week this newspaper said Alphabet's boss should write a “detailed, ringing rebuttal” of a viral anti-diversity memo sent at Google.  Here ...

Apple Pay and PayPal disable support for several sites that promote or sell items glorifying white supremacy

Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed: Apple Pay and PayPal disable support for several sites that promote or sell items glorifying white supremacy  —  A screenshot of some the product offerings from vinlandclothing.com, which was banned from using Apple Pay and PayPal for selling Nazi apparel.  —  ...

Google acquires AIMatter, a startup that has built a neural network-based AI platform and SDK to detect and process images on mobile devices

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Google acquires AIMatter, a startup that has built a neural network-based AI platform and SDK to detect and process images on mobile devices  —  Computer vision — the branch of artificial intelligence that lets computers “see” and process images ...

Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince says firm has stopped protecting Daily Stormer from DDoS attacks, explains his discomfort with policy reversal in email to staff

Kate Conger / Gizmodo: Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince says firm has stopped protecting Daily Stormer from DDoS attacks, explains his discomfort with policy reversal in email to staff  —  Internet companies typically take a hands-off approach to offensive content on their networks, erring on ...

After sustained pressure, CloudFlare CEO Matthew Prince says the firm has stopped protecting Daily Stormer from DDoS attacks

Russell Brandom / The Verge: After sustained pressure, CloudFlare CEO Matthew Prince says the firm has stopped protecting Daily Stormer from DDoS attacks  —  The web provider CloudFlare has decided to drop the neo-Nazi site  —  This afternoon, the Russian relaunch of Daily Stormer ...

Prompted by Charlottesville reactions, Spotify says it has begun to remove white supremacist music flagged as 'hate bands'

Billboard: Prompted by Charlottesville reactions, Spotify says it has begun to remove white supremacist music flagged as “hate bands”  —  Spotify says it has removed an array of white-supremacist acts from its streaming service that had been flagged as racist “hate ...

Cisco narrowly beats Q4 estimates with $12.1B revenue, vs. $12.06B est., down 4% YoY, as service revenue rose 1% YoY to $3.1B

Jordan Novet / CNBC: Cisco narrowly beats Q4 estimates with $12.1B revenue, vs. $12.06B est., down 4% YoY, as service revenue rose 1% YoY to $3.1B  —  Cisco stock dropped 2 percent on Wednesday after the company released earnings for the fourth quarter of its 2017 fiscal year, ...

HMD Global debuts Nokia 8, a $705 Android device with 5.3' display, Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM, 64GB of storage, Zeiss optics, available early September in Europe

Tom Warren / The Verge: HMD Global debuts Nokia 8, a $705 Android device with 5.3" display, Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM, 64GB of storage, Zeiss optics, available early September in Europe  —  HMD Global, the Finnish company that licensed the rights to produce Nokia phones, is revealing the ...

Shipping giant Maersk says the NotPetya cyberattack will likely cause $200M-$300M in lost Q3 revenue

Jordan Novet / CNBC: Shipping giant Maersk says the NotPetya cyberattack will likely cause $200M-$300M in lost Q3 revenue  —  Container shipping company A.P. Moller Maersk on Tuesday said it expects that computer issues triggered by the NotPetya cyberattack will cost the company as ...

Google to roll out voice calling feature to Google Home users in US and Canada soon, but it will lack caller ID except for Google Voice or Project Fi users

Chris Welch / The Verge: Google to roll out voice calling feature to Google Home users in US and Canada soon, but it will lack caller ID except for Google Voice or Project Fi users  —  Google is rolling out a long-awaited feature for its Google Home smart speaker today: voice calling.

Microsoft debuts Azure Event Grid, an event routing service that complements Microsoft's existing 'serverless' offerings Azure Functions and Azure Logic Apps

Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Microsoft debuts Azure Event Grid, an event routing service that complements Microsoft's existing “serverless” offerings Azure Functions and Azure Logic Apps  —  Microsoft announced a new product in its Azure line-up in preview today that will ...

Trump disbands the Strategic and Policy Forum and American Manufacturing Council amid loss of support from member CEOs after Charlottesville comments

CNBC: Trump disbands the Strategic and Policy Forum and American Manufacturing Council amid loss of support from member CEOs after Charlottesville comments  —  Members of President Donald Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum have agreed to disband the group, sources told CNBC, as corporate ...

After missing initial June ship date, Essential says Essential Phone models with black finish will begin shipping within 7 days, but white models are weeks away

Ben Schoon / 9to5Google: After missing initial June ship date, Essential says Essential Phone models with black finish will begin shipping within 7 days, but white models are weeks away  —  When Andy Rubin's Essential finally announced the details surrounding its first smartphone, people got ...

Liftoff report finds subscription based apps in the middle price range of $7 to $20 have the highest conversion rates

Lauren Goode / The Verge: Liftoff report finds subscription based apps in the middle price range of $7 to $20 have the highest conversion rates  —  Blame the sunk cost fallacy  —  A new report from Liftoff, a Silicon Valley-based mobile app marketing and retargeting firm, ...