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7/17/2018

JUST is preparing for a wider roll-out of its Just Egg vegan alternative to scrambled eggs made with a mung bean protein isolate. San Francisco's Flore eatery and Equinox Restaurant in Washington, D.C., offer the vegan scramble, and JUST partnered with Veggie Grill to offer the egg substitute in a breakfast burrito along with vegan chorizo and dairy-free cheese.

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7/17/2018

The startup Kapwing is offering a complete palette of editing tools for mobile, capable of such things as resizing videos for vertical viewing and adding sound effects. A free version is available with a Kapwing watermark, but a $20 monthly fee removes it.

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TechCrunch
7/17/2018

Pinterest is turning over Instapaper to a new company owned by the people who've worked on the product for years. Instapaper says the handover will not affect the product, which has struggled to compete with rivals' similar offerings for saving articles.

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7/17/2018

BitPay, which offers clearing and settlement services to merchants accepting bitcoin, is now licensed for business in New York state. The state's Department of Financial Services said it conducted a thorough examination of BitPay's application and will continue to monitor its activities.

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Reuters
7/16/2018

Using encryption technologies and an end-to-end cybersecurity strategy is critical for mitigating data breach threats, writes Nick Jovanovic of Thales eSecurity Federal. Although there is no "silver bullet" for breach mitigation, encryption combined with cybersecurity training, updated policies and technologies can bolster the security of sensitive data, Jovanovic writes.

7/16/2018

Uber and Alphabet are making big bets on the electric-scooter market with Lime -- an app that allows users to rent scooters nearby in urban areas -- with investments totaling $335 million so far. Similar apps are seeing an increase in interest from riders and investors who see the potential in the scooter-rental industry, with Lime alone already valued at $1.1 billion.

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CNBC
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Lime
7/16/2018

Part of Facebook's campaign to clamp down on fake news involves sharing user data with a research group. The Electronic Privacy Information Center is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to block the move, saying it likely runs afoul of a consent decree barring Facebook from compromising privacy without user consent.

7/16/2018

The Washington Post today is launching a news channel on livestreaming app Twitch. Offerings include a live news show and one in which politicians are interviewed as they play video games.

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Digiday
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7/16/2018

Online video viewing rose 91% from 2015 to 2017, and consumers will likely spend an average of 67 minutes each day watching video online this year, Zenith data indicate. Online video ad spend hit $27 billion last year and is expected to grow by 19% this year, the study indicates.

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7/16/2018

Amazon is preparing to release its own smart TV with the assistance of Chinese tech company Huawei. The company has struggled to attract British customers to its Prime Video option as an alternative to pay TV; the move may allow Amazon to compete with major rivals Sky and Virgin Media in the UK.

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