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Uber, Lyft remove the driver that secretly live-streamed hundreds of rides on Twitch, after initially saying he did not violate Missouri law and keeping him on (Erin Heffernan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

After a nine-day strike, drivers sign a deal with five taxi-hailing services in Kenya, including Uber and Taxify, to improve compensation and working conditions (Abdi Latif Dahir/Quartz)

The amount of ether staked on Augur, a peer-to-peer protocol to create prediction markets from user-posed questions, grew to ~$1M and first bets paid out $20K (David Floyd/CoinDesk)

Sources: French IT infrastructure services company Atos may acquire US-based rival Syntel for between $3.5B and $4B; the deal may be announced as soon as Monday (Wall Street Journal)

Sources: in August 2017, Google sent a letter suggesting changes to Android OEM contracts and apps distribution; offer was rebuffed by EU as too little too late (Bloomberg)

Egypt's new law allows state to block social media accounts and blogs with 5K+ followers on sites like Facebook and Twitter, requires licenses for new websites (Reuters)

Huawei executive says the company shipped 100M smartphones this year as of July 18 and is now aiming for shipments of 200M units by the end of 2018 (Li Tao/South China Morning Post)

Telecommunications company Orange has acquired Basefarm Holding, a Norway-based cloud infrastructure and critical application services company, for 350M (Andrii Degeler/Tech.eu)

"Confidential Mode" feature in Gmail is misleading because the emails are not end-to-end encrypted and "expired" messages can be retrieved via the sent folder (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Banks are increasingly looking to mobile-only offerings to grab market share among younger, lower-income consumers and to boost their presence in new cities (Bloomberg)

Tel Aviv-based AI startup AnyVision, which is working on face, body, and object recognition tech, has closed $28M Series A led by Bosch (Lucas Matney/TechCrunch)

Android malware authors have been increasingly using "droppers", which use a multiple-stage infection process, to sneak malicious apps into the Play Store (Catalin Cimpanu/BleepingComputer)

As Google translates nonsensical messages into garbled religious prophecies, researchers blame AI algorithm trained on religious texts as some users see demons (Jon Christian/Motherboard)

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With EU Android fine, some see futile effort to curb Google's dominance; others see first steps to check Google's data hoovering and guaranteed ad distribution (Richard Waters/Financial Times)

Uber and Lyft driver in St. Louis has live-streamed hundreds of rides on Twitch without passenger consent; Uber and Lyft say the practice is legal in Missouri (The Verge)

Coinbase's Federal Election Commission filing says it has formed a political action committee (PAC) to raise money to spend on U.S. elections (Jackie Wattles/CNNMoney)

Sources: Alibaba and Tencent are in early-stage discussions about buying roughly 20% of WPP China, valuing the business between $2B and $2.5B (Mark Kleinman/Sky News)

Venmo says user transaction history is public by default because it's fun to share info with friends and the option to go private is clearly marked in the app (Marrian Zhou/CNET)

UpGuard: sensitive documents from 100+ companies including VW, Toyota, and Tesla were exposed on a publicly accessible server belonging to Level One Robotics (Stacy Cowley/New York Times)

Inside Fox Sports, The Times, and Le Figaro's efforts to use AI, Alexa voice actions, and automation for their World Cup reporting (Freia Nahser/Global Editors Network)

In an interview, Roku's CEO discusses how it is growing its ad business and software licensing to OEMs, which generated more revenues than device sales as of Q1 (Chris Welch/The Verge)

NYC sues Airbnb to comply with city's subpoena on listings; Airbnb says it didn't comply because NYC's Office of Special Enforcement asked for too much info (Bloomberg)

Google says it got duck.com after buying video compression startup On2 in 2010; will now redirect domain to a page with links to DuckDuckGo, Wikipedia, and more (Sean Hollister/CNET)

Sources: event-planning company Eventbrite has filed confidentially for an IPO; the company has raised more than $350M and was valued at more than $1B in 2014 (Wall Street Journal)

Facebook plans to launch Athena, likely a constellation of small internet-delivering satellites, starting in 2019, after downgrading a drone project last month (Louise Matsakis/Wired)

Inside state-sponsored trolling efforts that combine virtual hate mobs, surveillance, and misinformation to silence critical voices and spread disinformation (Bloomberg)

New York State labor review board makes a final ruling that three former Uber drivers were Uber employees for the purposes of unemployment insurance (Dana Rubinstein/Politico)

Facebook suspends data analytics firm Crimson Hexagon, which boasts repository of 1T social media posts, as it investigates the company's government contracts (Kirsten Grind/Wall Street Journal)

Indian telecoms regulator mandates that all smartphone users should be able to install its anti-spam app by January; iPhone could be in breach of the regulation (Javed Anwer/India Today)

US lawmakers drop provision that blocked lifting of ZTE sanctions, strengthen CFIUS authority to block Chinese investments in a compromise defense spending bill (Erica Werner/Washington Post)

Lyft says it will enhance its background checks after revelations that an undocumented immigrant who has been charged with serial rape worked as a Lyft driver (Carolyn Said/San Francisco Chronicle)

App Annie: there were 28.4B app downloads worldwide across iOS and Google Play in Q2, up 15% YoY as consumer spending grew 20% YoY reaching $18.5B (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

How Comcast is moving beyond the set top box as it rolls out its Xfinity X1 interface on smart TVs, starting with betas on Roku TV and some Samsung TVs (Scott Porch/Fast Company)

FCC starts accepting petitions to deny as well as less formal comments on T-Mobile USA/Sprint merger, all of which can be submitted until August 27 (Jon Brodkin/Ars Technica)

San Francisco says it expects to issue permits for its 24-month electric scooter pilot program sometime in August, selecting from 12 applicants (Megan Rose Dickey/TechCrunch)

DuckDuckGo says that Google confuses customers by redirecting traffic from duck.com domain, which the search giant owns, to google.com (Anthony Cuthbertson/The Independent)

eBay's Q2 filing shows company paid $573M to acquire ecommerce platform Qoo10 Japan in February, not the $700M rumored at the time of acquisition (TechCrunch)

San Francisco says it expects to issue permits for its 24-month electric scooter pilot program sometime in August, selecting from 12 applicants (Devin Coldewey/TechCrunch)

Facebook executives struggle to describe a coherent strategy to deal with misinformation on the site; it's a hodgepodge of "exceptions to the exceptions" (Farhad Manjoo/New York Times)

Sources: Facebook's plans for a nationwide rollout of WhatsApp payments service in India is being held up by government concerns over storage of user data (Saritha Rai/Bloomberg)

Cyberattack on Singapore's largest healthcare institution SingHealth steals details of 1.5M patients, including the Prime Minister (James Vincent/The Verge)

As more African governments restrict internet access, activists push back by calling them out, educating users on workarounds, and even hacking government sites (Abdi Latif Dahir/Quartz)

Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter launch the Data Transfer Project, a data portability platform for users to move data between online service providers (Russell Brandom/The Verge)

HumanEyes unveils Vuze XR, a compact, dual-lens camera that can record 360-degree 2D and 180-degree 3D at 5.7K resolution; coming later this year for ~$400 (Daven Mathies/Digital Trends)

Sources: SoftBank's Vision Fund is seeking to invest almost $1B in Chinese AI company SenseTime, which has raised more than $1.2B this year (Bloomberg)

WhatsApp to test limiting the forwarding of messages to 20 chats globally and 5 chats in India in a bid to stop the spread of fake news (Kurt Wagner/Recode)

The privately-owned $300M Hawaiki subsea cable connecting Australia, New Zealand, and the US, with anchor customers including Vodafone and AWS, has gone live (Corinne Reichert/ZDNet)

Best Buy, expected to succumb to competition from Amazon, is instead thriving because of in-home consultations and "personal chief technology officers" (Bloomberg)

Closed Facebook group for sexual assault survivors with 15K+ members changed admins, was invaded by trolls, and was deleted after members reported the group (Louise Matsakis/Wired)

Study: up to 95M Instagram users may be bots, or 9.5% of its total user base, up from 7.9% in 2015 (Zero Hedge)

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