Andrew Liptak / The Verge:
Alleged press render of completely redesigned Nest thermostat leaks, the first redesign since it launched in 2011 — The company has been rumored to be working on a cheaper version — The Nest Learning Thermostat is now in its third generation, and aside from software updates …
Andrew Liptak / The Verge:
Ken Schwencke / ProPublica:
The Daily Stormer is back online with free support from BitMitigate, whose founder says he believes in free speech, and wants to promote his company — The neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer was back online Friday with help from a small company whose founder said he wanted to defend free speech …
Ramin Setoodeh / Variety:
In interview, Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos says the streaming service will spend $7B on original content in 2018 — For a soft-spoken man, Ted Sarandos makes a lot of thunderous news. Just consider the headlines he's generated over the last week alone with a succession of game-changing deals.
Tom Metcalf / Bloomberg:
Bill Gates' stake in Microsoft dipped to around 1.3% after $4.6B stock gift to Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in June, his largest stock donation since 2000 — World's richest person reduces Microsoft stake to 1.3 percent — Value of his charitable donations surpasses $50 billion
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Sources: former General Electric chairman Jeff Immelt is now favored by a majority of Uber's board to become CEO; a vote is likely in the next two weeks — Sources said a board vote is expected within two weeks. — Former General Electric chairman Jeff Immelt has become the frontrunner candidate …
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
US court of appeals rules online ToS are binding irrespective of whether users read them, no matter how long or hard to read companies like Uber make them — Federal court finds online agreements are binding, regardless of whether customers read or understand them
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 billion (18.2 billion RMB) thanks to explosive growth from mobile games.
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 government review …
Following President Trump's Monday order, the United States Trade Representative formally launches probe into China's alleged theft of US intellectual property — WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday formally launched an investigation into China's alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property …
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Google is testing new tools with NYT and FT to boost subscriptions for publishers; tools may include changes to “first click free”, payment, targeting options — Changes coming around search results and potentially payments — New York Times and Financial Times are first early testers
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.