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August 23, 2017, 10:50 PM

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Chris Velazco / Engadget:
Hands-on with Galaxy Note8: excellent build, both 2x optical zoom and adding background blur with Live Focus work well, much improved S Pen functionality, more  —  After the nightmare that was the Galaxy Note 7, few people would've been surprised if Samsung killed the Note line entirely.  But it didn't.
Kris Carlon / Android Authority:
Samsung announces Galaxy Note8 with 6.3" QHD AMOLED infinity display, Snapdragon 835, 6GB RAM, 64/128/256GB storage, dual 12MP cameras, 3300mAh battery, IP68  —  We all know there's a lot more to a phone than its specs sheet, but sometimes a specs sheet comes along that looks to be about as perfect as a phone can get.
Kris Carlon / Android Authority:
Note8 costs $960 on Verizon, $950 on AT&T, $930 on T-Mobile; preorders begin Aug. 24, bundled with Gear 360 camera or 128GB SD and charging pad; ships Sept. 15  —  Just announced, the Galaxy Note 8 is finally official.  The return of the beloved Note brand to store shelves will be a triumph …
Dan Primack / Axios:
In Q2, Uber had gross bookings of $8.7B, up 17% QoQ, revenue of $1.75B, up from Q1's $1.5B, net loss of $645M, down ~9% QoQ, 14% YoY; global trips rose 150% YoY  —  Uber's gross bookings were up 17% in the second quarter, the number of trips taken rose 150% in the past year and its adjusted loss fell …
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
President of Samsung's mobile division DJ Koh confirms the company is working on its own smart speaker, may announce soon  —  Samsung is working on a smart speaker that will be launched “soon”, the company's mobile chief told CNBC, which will pit it against the likes of Amazon, Apple, and Google, in the hotly-contested space.
CNBC:
As Whole Foods shareholders approve Amazon's acquisition, Federal Trade Commission gives OK for the deal to proceed  —  The Federal Trade Commission will allow Amazon to continue its $13.7 billion deal to acquire Whole Foods.  —  “The FTC conducted an investigation of this proposed acquisition …
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Snapchat's VP of Content Nick Bell says the company expects to debut scripted shows by year's end, aiming to complement TV  —  “We want to be friends of media,” says Nick Bell at the Edinburgh Television Festival as he outlines the company's mobile-first TV strategy.
 

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