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Tech

Facebook faces scare that teens are, like, totally going to Snapchat and Instagram. Again.

If it’s August, then it’s mostly definitely rerun season. Now playing on the internet: The episode in which everyone freaks out that young people are abandoning Facebook in favor of hot new social media services like Snap and Instagram. This episode was first broadcast in 2013, when CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged that growth among youngsters…

Tech

SEC is investigating Spotify’s plans to go public without an IPO

Officials from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC ) have met with Spotify executives to examine its plans of bypassing the initial public offering (IPO) market and listing shares directly on the New York Stock Exchange, according to Bloomberg. Such direct listings , rare on major stock exchanges, tend to involve small companies moving from…

Mobile

WhatsApp adds colorful text status updates, just like Facebook

WhatsApp today began to roll out Status updates you can make by writing text on a colorful image background, a company spokesperson has informed VentureBeat. While Status was debuted as text-only, it grew to include photos and videos. Today’s update let users choose a font, background color, and even add links. Facebook first started testing…

Tech

Google reveals Android O is named Oreo, begins rollout to Nexus and Pixel devices

Timed with the total solar eclipse today, Google revealed Android O stands for Android 8.0 Oreo . The next version of Google’s mobile operating system and the successor to Android Nougat not only got its name today, but Google also pushed the latest source code to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP ). As for…

Cloud

Cisco to acquire hyperconvergence software company Springpath for $320 million

Networking giant Cisco has announced plans to acquire hyperconvergence software company Springpath in a deal worth $320 million. Founded out of Sunnyvale, California as Storvisor back in 2012, the company launched out of stealth three years later as Springpath. Cisco actually led Springpath’s $34 million series C funding round in 2015, and the duo worked…

Cloud

Samsung launches Relúmĭno app to help the visually impaired see more clearly using VR

The virtual reality (VR) wars are starting to heat up, with HTC announcing earlier today that it was slashing the price of its Vive VR headset from $800 to $600 — this followed a month after Facebook scythed prices for the Oculus Rift headset and Oculus Touch controller . But VR very much remains a niche medium,…

Gadgets

Let’s review some of tech’s big second quarter financial stories

 Now that the second-quarter “earnings season” — when all of the biggest public tech companies spill their financial guts to the public — is over, and it was filled with a lot of weird stories that seemed a little outside of the mold that we normally see. There weren’t any blockbuster product launches, huge advertising…