Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:OnePlus CEO talks about a second 5G phone coming in Q4, international expansion, and plans to launch a TV set — OnePlus, China´s upstart smartphone maker, is preparing a global rollout of its new 5G device this year, as it looks to expand in the US and win more customers from Huawei, Apple and Samsung.
Jeran Wittenstein / Bloomberg:Overstock.com shares fall ~36% over three days, after its CEO Patrick Byrne said he was part of “Deep State” federal investigations related to the 2016 election — Overstock.com Inc. shares fell for a third day Wednesday as investors reacted to statements by Chief Executive Officer Patrick Byrne …
Wall Street Journal:Sources: technicians from Huawei have, in at least two cases, personally helped African governments spy on their political opponents — Employees embedded with cybersecurity forces in Uganda and Zambia intercepted encrypted communications and used cell data to track opponents, according to a Wall Street Journal investigation
Lauren Smiley / MIT Technology Review:A look at Senior Planet, a tech-themed community center that helps seniors and entrepreneurs over 65 use technology to work and make money — Inside Senior Planet, the tech-savviest retirement community on earth. — “All these microaggressions people talk about?” Tom Kamber says.
Daniel Strauss / Business Insider:JD.com reports Q2 revenue of ~$22B, up 23% YoY, and net income of ~$90.1M, beating analyst expectations of a $6.3M net loss on $20.9B revenue — - Shares of JD.com rose as much as 8% in early trading on Tuesday after the company posted a surprising profit. Analysts had projected a quarterly loss.
Ed Targett / Computer Business Review:Amazon says it has added “fear” to the range of emotions that its Rekognition facial recognition software can now detect — Release follows amid immigration protests — AWS has added “fear” to the range of emotions identified by its Amazon Rekognition facial analysis service …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:Spotify for Podcasters comes out of beta, giving podcasters valuable listener data like age, gender, location, music taste, and episode listening duration — Spotify for Podcasters comes out of beta today — Spotify is going to give podcasters listener data they can´t get anywhere else.
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:Behind the rise of “twinfluencers” on social media, as content produced by twins continues to explode in popularity on YouTube and Instagram — You´re not imagining it: Influencers really are multiplying. — There are the Dolan Twins, a pair of square-jawed 19-year-olds …
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:Polarity, which uses AI to analyze text on employee screens to augment it with context overlays, raises $8.1M Series AA following a $3.5M Series A in 2017 — Reference docs and spreadsheets seemingly make the world go ´round, but what if employees could just close those tabs for good without losing that knowledge?
Daniel Palmer / CoinDesk:Coinbase tells UK customers to convert their Zcash to other coins or move it to external wallets, otherwise it will automatically convert to pounds on Aug. 26 — The U.K. arm of Coinbase appears to be dropping support for the privacy-focused cryptocurrency zcash.