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Holtzbrinck Ventures trades its stakes in 7 Rocket Internet startups for a direct 2.5% stake in the incubator itself (Robin Wauters/Tech.eu)
Robin Wauters / Tech.eu:
Holtzbrinck Ventures trades its stakes in 7 Rocket Internet startups for a direct 2.5% stake in the incubator itself — There we go again: German tech startup incubator Rocket Internet has announced yet another new investor, as its longtime partner in crime Holtzbrinck Ventures is receiving a 2.5% stake.
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Mobile apps could be abused to make expensive phone calls — A security precaution skipped in mobile applications such as Facebook's Messenger could be abused to make an expensive phone call at a victim's expense, a developer contends. — Phone numbers often appear as links on a mobile device.
This: Why Atlantic Media is funding a social platform for sharing links, one at a time (Caroline O'Donovan/Nieman Lab)
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Lab:
This: Why Atlantic Media is funding a social platform for sharing links, one at a time — By now, you might have heard that Atlantic Media's Andrew Golis is incubating a small social network inside the company. Golis came to Atlantic Media as entrepreneur-in-residence a little over a year ago …
Mark Sullivan / VentureBeat:
FDA approves AliveCor's heart arrhythmia-detecting app algorithm — Above: AliveCor's ECG app. — While the step counters and run tracker apps of the world get most of the attention, a growing number of apps in the marketplace are serving serious clinical needs.
Zoosk debuts Photo Verification on iOS to confirm authenticity of profile photos (Issie Lapowsky/Wired)
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Zoosk debuts Photo Verification on iOS to confirm authenticity of profile photos — This Dating Site Is Teaching the Internet an Important Lesson About Anonymity — Online dating site Zoosk is rolling out a new feature that lets users verify the authenticity of profile pictures.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Majority Of Digital Media Consumption Now Takes Place In Mobile Apps — U.S. users are now spending the majority of their time consuming digital media within mobile applications, according to a new study released by comScore this morning. That means mobile apps, including the number 1 …
Opera Mini becomes default browser for Microsoft's fading feature phones (Gregg Keizer/Computerworld)
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Opera Mini becomes default browser for Microsoft's fading feature phones — Users will be ‘encouraged’ to replace stock Xpress browser with Opera Mini starting this fall — Opera Software and Microsoft have struck a deal that will replace Nokia's Xpress browser with Opera Mini on Microsoft's dying line of feature phones.
Apple removes Secret app from Brazilian App Store for not conforming with local laws (Mike Beasley/9to5Mac)
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Apple removes Secret app from Brazilian App Store for not conforming with local laws — Following a recent ruling that Apple would have ten days to remove the anonymous social app Secret from its Brazilian App Store, Apple has complied with the order. The justification for the removal …
After Twitter suspensions, ISIS moves to decentralized Diaspora to avoid censorship (Allie Jones/Gawker)
Allie Jones / Gawker:
After Twitter suspensions, ISIS moves to decentralized Diaspora to avoid censorship — ISIS Finally Finds a Social Network That Can't Suspend Their Accounts — After ISIS militants and supporters disseminated video and images of James Foley's brutal beheading on Tuesday …
There are 18,796 distinct Android devices, according to OpenSignal's latest fragmentation report (Paul Sawers/The Next Web)
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
There are 18,796 distinct Android devices, according to OpenSignal's latest fragmentation report — The much-maligned Android fragmentation problem has blighted the mobile operating system for years, though Google has been steadily taking corrective measures in recent times. The issue?
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
A federal court rejects Aereo's request to argue it's a cable company — Aereo's seemingly last-ditch argument to save itself won't be given an airing in court, according to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. — Instead, if the shuttered streaming video company wants to keep fighting for its survival …
Flappy Bird creator launches Swing Copters, available for iPhone and Android, for free — ‘Flappy Bird’ Creator Dong Nguyen Launches New Game ‘Swing Copters’ - NBC News — The creator of the ultra-difficult game sensation, “Flappy Bird,” has released a new title — and believe it or not, it's even harder.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Concert Giant Ticketfly Acquires Last-Minute Ticket App WillCall — WillCall is a pretty concert app, but its weakness was a lack of deals with venues to get tickets to sell. Well no more, as today it was acquired by Ticketfly, the second-biggest concert ticket seller in America, which has relationships with thousands of venues.
Google to include temporary steering wheel and pedal system when testing autonomous cars in response to new California DMV rules (Alistair Barr/Wall Street Journal)
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Google to include temporary steering wheel and pedal system when testing autonomous cars in response to new California DMV rules — A Google Car Without a Steering Wheel? Not So Fast, California Says — Google caused a stir earlier this year when it unveiled a self-driving car without …
Wikipedia blocks edits from Congressional IP address again after edits from "obvious transphobe" (Julian Hattem/The Hill)
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Wikipedia blocks edits from Congressional IP address again after edits from “obvious transphobe” — ‘Orange is the New Black’ fight sparks new House Wikipedia ban — For the third time this summer, computers in the House have been blocked from editing Wikipedia due to a string of controversial edits.
Google updates voice search, allows users to automatically switch between five languages (Greg Sterling/Search Engine Land)
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google updates voice search, allows users to automatically switch between five languages — Google's Search App Is Now Truly Multilingual — Around the world millions of people are multilingual or partly so. In the US, census data reflect that 20 percent of the population speaks …
Timothy B. Lee / Vox:
White House cybersecurity czar brags about his lack of technical expertise — Michael Daniel is the White House's cybersecurity coordinator, the man who “leads the interagency development of national cybersecurity strategy and policy” for the president. And in a recent interview with GovInfoSecurity …
Ouya partners with Xiaomi to bring its games to the Chinese smartphone maker's streaming boxes and smart TVs (Malathi Nayak/Reuters)
Malathi Nayak / Reuters:
Ouya partners with Xiaomi to bring its games to the Chinese smartphone maker's streaming boxes and smart TVs — Exclusive: Ouya scores Xiaomi partnership to take games to China — (Reuters) - U.S video game service Ouya is turning to Asia to capture the growth that has eluded the startup on its own home turf.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
ESPN Launches Score-Tracking App for Pebble Smartwatch — ESPN wants to grab sports fans by the wrist: The cable programmer has unveiled a real-time score app for the Pebble smartwatch. — The app, launched Thursday, can track multiple games and causes the Pebble to vibrate when it receives game updates and score changes.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Beats In Its Fiscal Q2 With Revenue Of $1.32B, EPS OF $0.13 — After the bell, Salesforce reported its fiscal second quarter financial results, including revenue of $1.32 billion and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.13. — The company beat estimates in the fiscal 2015 quarter …