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Amazon expands its checkout-free Amazon Go retail concept with a second, larger store, also in Seattle, which it says will open in fall 2018

Amazon is expanding its checkout-free Amazon Go retail concept with another location in the companys backyard, GeekWire has learned.

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Amazon is opening a second cashier-less Go store in Seattle this fall

Amazon is preparing another checkout-free retail store in Seattle

Amazon will open a second automated store in Seattleand this one is much bigger

What is Amazon Go, where is it, and how does it work?

Amazon is planning to launch a second Amazon Go location in Seattle this fall

Amazon Will Supersize Its Second Grab-and-Go Grocery in Seattle

Amazon may be opening its second Amazon Go store in Seattle

Sources: Uber and Careem are in preliminary talks to combine their Middle Eastern ride hailing services

– Uber seeks majority stake in Middle Eastern rival, sources say Careem is raising money at a reported $1.5 billion valuation Uber Technologies Inc. and Careem Networks FZ

Uber Maybe Planning Merger With Middle Eastern Competitor Careem, Insists This Merger Is Different

Uber in merger talks with Middle East ride-hailing startup Careem

Uber in talks with Dubais Careem to merge in Middle East: Bloomberg

The California Supreme Court rules that Yelp cant be forced to remove negative reviews from users, overturning a lower courts decision against the company

Businesses cant sue Yelp to get defamatory reviews removed, Californias Supreme Court has ruled.

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A Case for the Internet: Hassell v. Bird

Yelp Cant Be Ordered to Remove Negative Posts, California Court Rules

California court says Yelp cant be forced to remove negative reviews

Hannah Norman /Silicon Valley Business Journal:

Yelp cant be ordered to remove reviews, California Supreme Court rules

Sudhin Thanawala /Associated Press:

California high court: Yelp cant be ordered to remove posts

Yelp Doesnt Have to Remove Defamatory Review, California Supreme Court Rules

California Supreme Court: Yelp cant be ordered to take down negative posts

The California Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Bad Yelp Reviews

Court rules Yelp cant be forced to remove reviews

Eric Goldman /Technology & Marketing Law Blog:

The California Supreme Court Didnt Ruin Section 230 (Today)-Hassell v. Bird

Yelp prevails in Hassell v. Bird. Plaintiff cant evade CDA 230 by suing an online speaker for defamation, then getting a takedown order that purports to bind a non-party platform. Yelps blog post:

Another big ruling today: California Supreme Court says businesses who get bad reviews cant force Yelp (or other online rating services) to remove the reviews by suing people who panned them. Case is Hassell v. Bird. Heres Yelps take:

US provides ZTE temporary authorization through August 1 to continue supporting equipment and consumer devices already deployed

So it can update phones and other equipment The US Commerce Department has temporarily lifted a portion of the ban on ZTE that all-but shut down the company almost three months ago.

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Authorization Regarding the ZTE Denial Order

U.S. Allows ZTE to Resume Some Business Activity Temporarily

U.S. allows ZTE transactions to maintain networks

Commerce Department partially lifts ban on ZTE ahead of permanent order

China wins one, loses one in US trade spats

ZTE Is Starting to Resume Operations Under a Temporary Commerce Department Waiver

ZTE allowed to temporarily resume some US business

US says ZTE can resume limited business while sanctions are debated

The US ban on ZTE has been temporarily lifted

US to allow ZTE to resume some operations temporarily

ZTE is being allowed to temporarily operate in the U.S. until August 1

NEW: @CommerceGov confirms to @cgtnamerica that waivers for companies to do business with @ZTEPress have been granted. Denial order is NOT lifted, Waivers are for 1 month, no rationale specified.

On Tuesday, Wikipedia Italy set all of its pages to redirect to a statement protesting a July 5 EU Parliament initial vote on changes to copyright law

Last month, members of European Parliament voted to move forward with a sweeping overhaul of the European Unions copyright laws that critics

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Italy Wikipedia shuts down in protest at EU copyright law

Wikipedia Italy goes dark to protest EU copyright reform

Breaking Down the New EU Copyright Bill: Article 13

Artists bring copyright fight to European Parliament

Wikipedia Italy launches site-wide protest against the EUs proposed copyright reforms

Italian Wikipedia goes dark in bid to save memes and remixes from new EU online copyright law

Italian Wikipedia shuts down in protest of proposed EU copyright law

Call your MEP! Wikipedia blacks out for European YouTube vote

Pirate protest says EU copyright directive censors Internet

Google says Cloud COO Diane Bryant has left the company, less than a year after joining from Intel, where she had been for 32 years

Google Cloud chief operating officer Diane Bryant has left the company after less than a year. We are grateful for the contributions she made while at Google

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Ex-Intel exec Diane Bryant exits Google cloud

Ex-Intel executive departs Google as chipmaker searches for CEO

Google is losing top cloud executive Diane Bryant just months after she came over from Intel

Google Clouds COO departs after 7 months

Reinhardt Krause /Investors Business Daily:

Former Intel Executive Leaves Google, May Be In Running For CEO Job

A passing front? Diane Bryant out as Google Cloud COO after 7 months

Marlize van Romburgh /Silicon Valley Business Journal:

Google Cloud COO departs, fueling speculation that shes in the running for CEO job at Intel

Diane Bryant leaving as Google Cloud COO after less than a year

Google Cloud COO leaves after less than a year

Diane Bryant has left Google after less than a year

Former Intel Executive Diane Bryant Is Leaving Google After Joining Last Fall

Intel veteran departs Google Cloud unit

Google Cloud COO departing after less than a year amid ongoing Intel CEO search

Diane Bryant, who joined Google cloud as No. 2 less than a year ago after running Intels server-chip business, has resigned.(She is among the obvious potential Intel CEO candidates).

Didnt even make it to the big Google show next month. …

Facebooks political ads disclosure rules algorithm blocks ads for lawn-mowing, waxing salons, Walmart, and more that use the words bush and Clinton

Blaine Simons last month paid Facebook to run an ad for his lawn-mowing company, Al Mowit, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Trial and error is not appropriate: Facebooks issue ads policy sweeps up brands

See the P&G ad yanked from Facebook for political LGBT support and gay rights advocacy

Facebooks new political rules block ads for businesses with Bush, Clinton in name

Facebooks political ad verification rules blocked ads about -beans -hair waxing -shrubbery because they contained the word Bush. and ads about – baseball – theater – free food at church for kids because they were from towns called Clinton /l7pEY86g5E

Conducting business in our automated future is so frustratingly dumb. We run into so many similiar problems all the time. Goodluck going through the support staff who are in a rush to get you gone and who dont understand the rules, you or anything else about the matter.

The other interesting thing about this (great) story is that Facebook is letting the ads through, but then taking them down afterward, in some cases after the ad has already run for 10 days.

Facebook, never not stepping on absolutely every rake it can find

good news, machines are still bad at learning and are stuck in special ed

WILD that a company as powerful as fb can continue to roll out features/products without anticipating reasonably obvious outcomes

Worth thinking about the false positive and false negative consequences when commenting on this, Id say.

Whoever decided a keyword filter would be a approach shouldve asked lots of ppl who have written & admind spam filter software. This isnt a snark. Seriously, there are ppl with several decades of specialized expertise to bring to this incredibly hard & fast-moving problem.

Clinton is one of the most popular names for cities in the U.S., not just the surname of the political family. In Clinton, Ind., a vacation bible school was blocked from advertising a free lunch event for kids ages 3 to 12.

Indias IT ministry asks WhatsApp to curb spread of false messages, saying the service cannot evade accountability for misinformation that has led to killings

MUMBAI (Reuters) – India has asked Facebook Inc-owned WhatsApp messenger to take steps to prevent the circulation

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A look at some changes WhatsApp can make to curb misinformation on its platform, including making all messages private by default and forwarding only by consent

After lynchings, Indian government tells WhatsApp it must help stop spread of deadly fake news

India warns WhatsApp after incidents of lynching, tells it to take steps against rumours and fake messages

Karishma Mehrotra /The Indian Express:

Government tells WhatsApp to act, will meet social media platforms

WhatsApp Asked To Curb Fake News After Mob Lynchings Fuelled By Rumours

Surabhi Agarwal /The Economic Times:

Govt asks WhatsApp to immediately stop spread of irresponsible & explosive messages

Mob lynchings fueled by WhatsApp messages continue to sweep India as authorities struggle to combat fake news; five were killed by a rumor-driven mob on Sunday

Only in India: Govts IT cell generates fake news, photoshopped images, and propaganda. Spreads it via channels like Whatsapp. Then govt orders *Whatsapp* to immediately stop spread of irresponsible & explosive messages. BMKJ …

A Chinese court temporarily bans Micron chip sales in the country, with patent ruling in favor of Taiwanese rival UMC; Micron says no injunction has been served

A Chinese court temporarily banned Micron Technology Inc. chip sales, cutting the U.S. company off from the worlds largest

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Fujian Intermediate Peoples Court of China Rules in Favor of UMC in Patent Infringement Lawsuits Against Micron

Micron stock falls after Chinese court bans sale of its memory chips

China court bans Micron chip sales in patent case: Taiwans UMC

Thanks for the happy memories, Micron – now beat it, says China: Court bans chip sales

Micron shares tumble after rival says a Chinese court banned chip sales

China Chip Ban Follows Microns Allegations of Intellectual Property Theft

Patrick Seitz /Investors Business Daily:

Micron Stock Drops On China Court Ruling To Ban Its Memory Chips

Micron: Havent been served with ruling blocking chips in China

Chip stocks fall after report China court rules against Micron

China accounted for more than 50 percent of Microns revenue in fiscal 2017, according company data.

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Ex-Microsoft COO Kevin Turner named CEO of Core Scientific, a blockchain and AI startup co-founded by ex-Myspace CTO; SEC filing shows company is raising $40M

Former Microsoft COO Kevin Turner has taken the helm of Core Scientific, a stealthy new blockchain and artificial intelligence startup led

In trial against Six4Three, Facebook argues its a publisher with the free speech right to take away access to data but also claims protection under Article 230

In its defense against a former app startup, Facebook is contradicting its long-held claim to be simply a neutral platform

Facebook claims it is publisher in court case

In the Six4Three case, FB argues it is both protected by s. 230 and has 1st Am protection as a publisher. Google has made similar arguments in the past, but this is the first time Ive seen an intermediary argue both in the same case.

Is Facebook a publisher? In public it says no, but in court it says yes. @daphnehk said Section 230 was designed to allow platforms like Facebook to do some moderation, They need to be able to make discretionary choices about content.

Is Facebook a publisher? In public it says no, but in court it says yes – In its defense against a former app startup, Facebook is contradicting its long-held claim to be simply a neutral platform

Zuckerberg has long insisted that Facebook is not a publisher or media company. In court yesterday, his lawyers made the opposite argument:

The number of ways in which Facebook has to grow up are almost too numerous to count.

App Annie: Clash of Clans, the App Stores most-downloaded game, earned $4B+ from July 2010 to May 2018; Facebook, the most-downloaded app, had 700M downloads

Ahead of the 10th anniversary of the iOS App Store on July 11, App Annie has today released a retrospective of the top iOS apps of all time

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App Store users have spent over $4 billion on Supercells Clash of Clans

These are the top iOS apps of all time

Shocker: New report says Facebook owns four of the five most-downloaded iOS apps ever

These are the all-time most popular iOS apps and games from 2010-2018

Here are the 10 most popular iPhone apps of all time

The most popular iPhone apps of all time

iOS App Stores all-time top game made $4 billion to top apps $1 billion

Consumers spent $42.5 billion in the iOS App store just last year. Here are the most popular and lucrative apps of all time

eero plans to add WPA3 support in a future update.

We built eero hardware and software together to ensure that we can control and improve digital security. Were excited about the security benefits WPA3 provides

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3 ways to improve your sales performance.

Over the course of our blog series, we first outlined how to attract new prospects and generate leads to your website. Then, we showed you different ways you could convert

Priscilla Chan to discuss the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative at Disrupt SF 2018

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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:

The New York Times says reporter Ali Watkins, whose email and phone records were seized by the US government, will be transferred to a new beat in New York

Marcy Wheeler, author of natsec-focused emptywheel blog, says she went to FBI in 2017 about a source she thinks is lying and had role in Russian election attack

A look at NJs bill to use $5M to support local media: five universities as collaborators, a board to oversee grants, language emphasizing media independence

PayPal sells ~$7.6B in consumer credit receivables to Synchrony, its partner for PayPal branded credit cards, extends exclusive CC partnership until 2028

PayPal stock gains after company announces closing of Synchrony deal for credit receivables

PayPal Closes On Its Deal With Synchrony

Crunchbase report: in Q2, Chinese startups, including Ant Financial, raised 47% of all reported VC dollar volume vs. 35% for North American companies

Israel-based startup ThetaRay raises $30M Series B to grow its AI-powered cybersecurity business, bringing total raised to around $60M

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Israels ThetaRay raises over $30 million for money laundering prevention

ThetaRay Raises $30 Million in Oversubscribed Round Backed by OurCrowd

Cybersecurity Firm ThetaRay Raises $30M In Latest Funding Round

Sources say Googles delay in joining a consortium of ad tech companies has complicated its members GDPR compliance efforts

Googles delayed entry into a consortium of advertising technology companies has spoiled the members push to comply with a new European privacy law by @peard33 $GOOGL

Melbourne-based international payments startup Airwallex raises $80M Series B led by Tencent and Sequoia China

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Airwallex gets an $80M boost to ease cross-border payments

Airwallex closes Series B fundraising with US$80m

Airwallex Raises $80M To Expand Its Cross-Border Payment Tech

Asia news roundup: Tencent joins $80m Airwallex round, Amazon Prime Day comes to Singapore

Australias Airwallex raises $80m Series B from Tencent, Sequoia China, others

Airwallex in the money with $108m raise

Tencent-backed Cross-border Payment Solution Provider Airwallex Completes $80M Series B Round

Payments firm Airwallex raises US$80m of Series B funds; takes aim at South-east Asia

All charges against ex-Vungle CEO Zain Jaffer have been dismissed at the request of San Mateo DA, who said prescribed drugs from multiple doctors were at fault

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Anna Schuessler /San Mateo Daily Journal:

Charges Dismissed Against Vungle Founder Zain Jaffer

Emily Mibach /Palo Alto Daily Post:

Zain Jaffer: Criminal abuse charges dropped against former Vungle CEO

Child sex assault charges dropped against founder of SF tech startup Vungle

Judge Dismisses All Charges Against Former Ad Tech CEO

All charges against ex-Vungle CEO Zain Jaffer, including lewd act on a child, dismissed by judge

Prominent Bay Area tech exec cleared of child-sex charges

Inside Instagrams master class for marketing executives from fashion and beauty companies, where they learn to sell products on its platform

Christopher Baugh /iPhone in Canada Blog:

Vendors Turning to Instagram Engagement to Increase Brand Growth: Bloomberg

On Facebook, there are neo-Nazis and St. Petersburg trolls. On Instagram, there are sunsets and avocado toast. @KimBhasin

Welcome to Instagram College, where the students come from Madewell, Birchbox and Cynthia Rowley via @business

Right now, those 13-year-olds are doing better content than any of us in here

Katie Notopoulos /@katienotopoulos:

This is really interesting, and this last part is a good reminder of how we forget Instagrams product is kind of terrible? Like it has none of these obvious basic things, but yet… new music stickers for Stories! ]

Samsung says it is looking into reports that Messages, its default texting app, has been randomly sending photos to contacts without warning

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T-Mobile Galaxy S9 owners suffer privacy-violating Samsung Messages update

Weird Samsung Galaxy bug? Phones are quietly texting photos to random contacts

Samsung texting app sent user pictures to other phones on its own

Weird Bug Makes Samsung Phones Text Random Photos To Random People

Samsungs Messaging App Is Texting Some Users Photos to Contacts

Yikes: Samsung probes bug that sent Galaxy phone contacts random pictures

Privacy warning: Samsung phones are leaking photos to random contacts

Samsungs Galaxy S9 Smartphones Randomly Texting Photos

Samsung phones are sending pictures to contacts without users knowing

Deal: Get a free memory card with every Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 Plus, and Note 8

Christopher Baugh /iPhone in Canada Blog:

Samsung Texting App Bug Randomly Sending Messages and Photos to Contacts

Samsung investigating messaging bug that sends private photos to contacts at random

Samsung phones sent photos to random contacts, users say

Three ways to stop your Samsung Galaxy phone from randomly texting out your pics

Your Samsung phone might send your nudes to random contacts without your knowledge

Samsung Texting Bug Might Be Sending Your Photos to Random Contacts

Samsung Investigating Reports of Phones Quietly Sending Pics

Default Samsung messaging app randomly spamming contacts with pictures

A new Samsung messaging bug is randomly pushing out photos to contacts via SMS

Samsung Messages bug that sends photos to random people being investigated

Pierluigi Paganini /Security Affairs:

A Samsung Texting App bug is sending random photos to contacts

Samsung phones are spontaneously texting users photos to random contacts without their permission

Glitch in Samsung Messages App Sends Photos to Random Contacts

Samsung texting app bug sees photos and texts sent at random

Samsungs texting app is randomly sending messages and photos

Samsung Messages bug is sending images from your phone to random contacts by itself

Your Galaxy phone probably wont send your images to a random contact

Some Samsung users say their phones randomly sent photos to contacts

Dear Samsung mobe owners: It may leak your private pics to randoms

Samsung phone bug secretly shares your photos with rando contacts

Samsungs Default Texting App on Galaxy S9 and Note 8 is Sending Photos to Random People

Samsung Phones Randomly Texting Photos and No One Knows Why (Update)

Is your Samsung phone texting private pics without permission?

Send nudes: Samsung responds to devices randomly sending out your pics

Antonio Villas-Boas /Business Insider:

Samsung smartphone users are reporting that their photos are randomly being sent to contacts without their knowledge

Some Samsung Phones Are Randomly Texting Photos to Contacts and Its Freaking People Out

Samsungs Texting App Is Sending Random Messages To Contacts

One user has even claimed that Samsung Messages sent all of the photos in their gallery to one contact late at night for no apparent reason.

That is …bad. Like real bad. Like super duper not good bad.

Be safe, Samsung friends. Maybe remove any photos you dont want accidentally shared…(Looks like the story is a few days old already!) …

In a filing, Commerce Department recommends that the FCC reject China Mobiles 2011 application to enter the US market, citing national security concerns

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Report: US to block China Mobiles application to enter US market

NTIA Statement on China Mobiles Section 214 Application to the FCC

Why the US government sees China Mobile as a national security threat

Citing national security, Trump rejects China Mobiles request to sell U.S. services

Teslas SVP of engineering Doug Field is officially leaving the company, after Tesla characterized his initial departure in May as a leave of absence

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Doug Field, Teslas 3rd Ranking Engineer, Departed In Midst Of Model 3 Burst Week

Tesla Q2 2018 Vehicle Production and Deliveries

For Tesla, the Best of Times, the Burst of Times

Tesla loses top engineer as Model 3 production finally hits 5,000 a week

Tesla engineering lead Doug Field leaves the company

Tesla made more Model 3s in the last 3 months than in the previous 9 months combined

Tesla finally hits Elon Musks target for the Model 3

I think we just became a real car company: Tesla hits goal of making 5,000 Model 3s per week

Tesla Model 3 production finally hits 5,000 units per week

Tesla lost its chief engineer just before hitting Elon Musks Model 3 goal

Comcasts Xfinity Mobile service now throttles personal hotspot usage on its unlimited plan to 600kbps and caps videos at 480p quality unless users pay extra

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Editors CornerCharters Spectrum Mobile MVNO almost a mirror image of Xfinity Mobile

Comcast Xfinity Mobile limits video to 480p, charges extra for HD

Comcast will limit Xfinity Mobile video streaming resolution

Xfinity Mobile shoots itself in the leg by throttling streaming resolution and hotspot speeds

Christina Bonnington /The Daily Dot:

Surprise, surprise: Comcast is already throttling users

Comcasts Xfinity Mobile Places New Video Quality And Hotspot Restrictions

Comcast Slaps New Restrictions on Xfinity Mobile Customers

Comcasts Xfinity Mobile is now throttling video and mobile hotspots

ComcastSurprise, surprise: Comcast is already throttling users.

Comcast alerts Xfinity Mobile customers of increased video and hotspot restrictions