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Apple reportedly chose LG to be the only supplier of L-shaped batteries for next year's iPhone (AAPL)

A new rumour from the Korea Economic Daily (which we saw via AppleInsider) suggests that Apple has chosen LG subsidiary LG Chem to be the exclusive battery supplier of next year's tentatively named "iPhone 9." The Korean firm allegedly...Show More Summary

The 'Game of Thrones' season 7 premiere was pirated a staggering 90 million times

The first episode of "Game of Thrones" season 7 was a massive success, and has been watched through official channels more than 16 million times since its debut last Sunday — the most for a premiere in HBO's history. But that figureShow More Summary

If you think Netflix is going to kill TV any time soon, you're deluded

LONDON — Remember that scene in "Stranger Things" where Eleven crushes a Coke can with a stern gaze? Prevailing wisdom would have you believe that Netflix, and peers like Amazon Prime and Hulu, are doing something similar to TV — crushing...Show More Summary

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Friday. 1. The biggest black market on the so-called "dark net," AlphaBay, has been taken down by authorities, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Thursday. AlphaBay connected drug vendors with people seeking drugs like fentanyl and heroin, authorities said. 2. Show More Summary

Why one Uber driver loves picking up puking passengers

Uber driver Curtis Preston learned his lesson about inebriated passengers the hard way. The first time someone got sick in his car he wasn’t prepared, and the mess took him off the road and cost him $140 to get his car cleaned. UberShow More Summary

Facebook is exploring creating a mysterious 'modular' hardware device (FB)

Facebook appears to be taking a page out of Google's playbook for its forthcoming push into consumer hardware. A patent application published by the company on Thursday details a "modular electromechanical device" that can incorporate...Show More Summary

Microsoft is super-close to the $20 billion cloud milestone it set for itself in 2015 (MSFT)

Way back in 2015, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella called his shot: Microsoft would generate $20 billion in annual cloud revenue by the end of its 2018 fiscal year, or die trying. At the time, it was at about $6.3 billion. Well, Microsoft...Show More Summary

Samsung will announce the Galaxy Note 8 on August 23

Samsung sent out invitations Thursday for a product launch event for its next major smartphone, the Galaxy Note 8, on August 23 in New York City. The Galaxy Note 8 will be the new version of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, which Samsung...Show More Summary

Google Assistant is light-years ahead of Amazon's Alexa (GOOGL, AMZN)

This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here. Google Assistant is six times more likely to answer a user’s question than Amazon Alexa is, according...Show More Summary

Google drops the boom on WoSign, StartCom certs for good

Citing “certificate misissuance,” Google to expire all certs from offenders by September.

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Awe-inspiring demo videos reveal its simple, elegant pneumatic control system.

5 reasons Tesla's music-streaming service is the best idea Elon Musk has had this year (TSLA)

Last month, Tesla revealed that it was working on a music-streaming service for its vehicles (and, presumably, other environments, such as smartphones). Tesla has a lot going on now, from the initial rollout of the $35,000 Model 3 mass-market to CEO Elon Musk's apparent plans to support a Hyperloop route between New York and Washington, DC. Show More Summary

A last-resort ‘planet-hacking’ plan could make Earth habitable for longer — but scientists warn it could have dramatic consequences

One way to prevent the Earth's temperature from rising into a city-drowning, hurricane-strengthening, heat-stroke–triggering danger zone is to immediately switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. At the moment, that transition seems unlikely. Show More Summary

Here's how the US can retaliate against Russian hacking and 'kick them in the balls'

Russia stands accused of bold intrusions into vital US infrastructure (elections, nuclear power plants). The US has the ability to fight back. Empowering ordinary Russians with cyber tools against Vladimir Putin's regime would be "kick...Show More Summary

One chart shows how streaming services are dominating the way Americans listen to music

Music streaming is winning because of convenience. To put the shift into perspective: Americans logged 284.7 billion on-demand music streams (be it audio or video) in the first six months of 2017, according to recent Nielsen data. If...Show More Summary

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