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ABC News on Apple TV beats desktop and mobile combined in live streaming

The ABC News channel on the Apple TV seems to be quite popular with viewers, accounting for more online viewing than ABC's desktop and mobile apps combined. In the first month of availability, viewers watched 50% more live video through the Apple TV than through the desktop and mobile portals combined. ABC put together an infographic on the channel's first 30 days.

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Sprint reportedly naming new CEO this week [update: confirmed]

Update: The appointment has now been confirmed, see the full press release at the bottom of this post.

Original story:According to a new report, Sprint looks set to announce a new CEO this week. Marcelo Claure, a board member and founder of Brightstar, is to be named as replacement for current CEO, Dan Hesse, according to re/code. Softbank, which owns a majority shareholding in Sprint, also owns a majority of Brightstar. At this point nothing is official, and Hesse is still in charge until Sprint comes out and says otherwise.

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Apple credits App Store with job creation in Europe

Apple has created a new page on thier UK website about the number of jobs that the company is responsible for in Europe. Apple says that 629,000 have either been created by the company, or are supported by it. The part the App Store plays in this is given extra attention, with 497,000 jobs alone attributed to the Store. Over $6.5 billion has been paid to developers based in Europe, and the App Store is responsible for billions of dollars in revenues to Europe's GDP, according to Apple:

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Apple and Samsung agree to end patent litigation outside the US

Apple and Samsung announced in a joint statement that they have agreed to end patent litigation outside the US. The two companies have been engaged in patent disputes in nine countries outside the US, including Australia, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Netherlands, UK, France and Italy.

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UberPool lets you split an Uber with a stranger

UberPool is an idea that car service Uber says comes straight from its Uber Garage. In its essence, UberPool is carpooling with Uber, but you share your ride with strangers rather than finding friends to take the trek with you. Doing so will afford you the ability to split fares to take down the cost of your Uber ride further as well as enjoy someone else's company.

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Sprint said to be halting talks of T-Mobile merger

According to sources at the Wall Street Journal, Sprint is said to be abandoning any plans for a proposed T-Mobile merger or buyout. According to these sources at Sprint, the regulatory challenges are too steep to further the idea, as there were serious doubts within the company about reaching any deal between the two companies that would be approved by regulators.

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iPhone 6 event rumored for September 9

Apple is reportedly planning a September 9 unveiling for the iPhone 6. As we said back in January, this date holds with a pattern that Apple has established over the last couple of years, ever since the September 2012 reveal of the iPhone 5. From Re/code:

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July was a record month for App Store purchases

July was apparently a banner month for Apple's App Store. Purchases of apps and in-app items were made in record numbers. From CNBC:

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Kreyos Meteor app now available for iPhone

Backers of the Kreyos Meteor have been more than patient waiting for their new smartwatches to arrive. After running into some issues a few months ago, the folks at Kreyos got things fixed up and are finally getting new devices shipped out this week. To go along with the new devices, some brand new apps for both iPhone and Android are in tow.

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Three UK to introduce pre-credit check for new subscribers

With any new mobile subscription comes the requisite credit check, and for customers with low credit scores, the potential to be denied their service plan or phone of choice. To smooth out this process, Three UK has revealed that it'll soon introduce pre-credit checks to give potential customers "an indication" of whether they'll pass a credit check "without negatively affecting" credit ratings.

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