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Sprint names Marcelo Claure its new CEO

Sprint announced today that its board of directors has named Marcelo Claure to be the company’s next president and chief executive officer. Claure will be replacing Dan Hesse, who has been Sprint’s president and CEO since December 2007.

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NASA's Opportunity Mars rover breaks driving distance record

NASA announced today that its Opportunity Mars rover has beat the off-Earth roving distance record previously held by the Soviet Union’s Lunokhod 2 rover after driving 25 miles. The Opportunity Mars landed on the planet back in 2004.

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Birdi raises $700K to begin manufacturing a 'smart' smoke alarm

CNRY, Inc. announced today that it has raised $700,000 in new seed funding. The company, better known as Birdi, is dedicated to building a “better” smoke alarm. This alarm will be connected to mobile devices via Wi-Fi to give users updates on air quality.

FameBit raises $1.4 million to help YouTubers make money

Today, FameBit has announced that it has completed a $1.4 million seed round of funding, which will help it scale its team and give more YouTubers the opportunity to make money off their creativity.

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Study shows many Brits opting out of ISP filters

Only a small percentage of ISP customers in the U.K. choose to opt into family friendly content filtering with their subscription, according to a study the U.K.’s Office of Communications published yesterday.

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Google adds Wi-Fi to Uber cars in Philly

Beginning today, Uber will offer free Wi-Fi through Labor Day in Uber Black Car vehicles throughout the Philadelphia area, courtesy of Google. The goal is to attract people who want to work while traveling.

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Verizon speeds up file uploading for its FiOS customers

Beginning today, customers of Verizon’s fiber home Internet service, Verizon FiOS, will be able to upload files as quickly as they download them. The company announced an upgrade that it hopes will appeal to customers who frequently share content online.

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Amazon Mobile Ad Network is now available for iOS

Amazon announced on its developer blog today that high-quality display ads from the Amazon Mobile Ad Network can now be incorporated into iOS. Before, developers on the network were only able to host ads on Android or Fire OS devices, according to 9to5 Mac.

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Snapchat now lets you share your location with Geofilters

Geofilters will be available in New York City and Los Angeles starting today. The company has also made the filters available in a number of undisclosed locations that users will be able to discover.

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One-fifth of all websites blocked in the U.K.

In an effort to protect young adults from mature content, U.K. Internet service providers now block approximately one-fifth of all websites, according to a study conducted by Open Rights Group.

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Adtile raises $4.5 million in Series A round of funding

Adtile Technologies, a mobile ad tech company, announced that it has raised $4.5 million in its Series A round of funding from undisclosed investors. It also said it will launch a Member Center this fall — an “app store” for ad developers and designers.

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Apple could rake in $38.2 billion for the quarter

Apple could have a quarterly revenue of $38.2 billion, which will surpass Wall Street’s prediction of $37.9 million, claims Wells Fargo Securities analyst Maynard Um.

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Study: Brits want bigger phones

Bigger is better in terms of smartphones in the U.K., according to a new study by Context, a phone shipment tracking company.