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Armed with Watson smarts, Pepper aspires to be a robot salesman

Despite its powerful AI boost, SoftBank's humanoid robot is still limited by basic challenges

Facebook revenue surges 39 percent but costs also soar

Profit shrunk as costs went up by more than 80 percent


Twitter mulling big changes to how you view tweets

The company is considering changes to help it become a truly mass-market service

Twitter surprises with a sales gain, but user growth lags

Growth in users came largely from people who don't hold actual accounts

Salesforce tools let customers snap together new mobile apps

Modular components can be snapped together using a drag-and-drop interface

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Tuesday, July 28

Samsung's bigger Galaxy S6 likely in August...Most Android phones can be hacked via an MMS...Leading researchers want autonomous weapons ban

OnePlus refines its successful formula with new phone

Chinese vendor OnePlus unveiled its newest flagship phone, but existing customers probably won't need to upgrade

Samsung event in August portends new smartphone launch

The company has announced an event on Aug. 13 in New York

Someday your phone may stop an oncoming car

Verizon is using a simulated city to develop a vehicle-to-pedestrian safety system

Google stops using annoying 'interstitial' mobile app ads

Most users faced with one simply abandon the mobile site they were trying to visit, Google found

Bitcoin companies move ahead in Africa

BitX closed a funding round, while Bitsoko won a Gates Foundation grant

Sticker shock looms over Dish's mobile strategy

The FCC is looking to reject $3.3 billion in discounts on spectrum licenses

Office for iOS adds support for bi-directional languages, better sharing and more

Word, PowerPoint and Excel for Apple mobile devices also get better Outlook integration

Line aims lightweight chat app at developing countries

Line Lite is under 1MB and doesn't have audio and video, but it reflects the company's strategy

Cell service at US airports varies from first class to middle-seat coach

Tests by RootMetrics found coverage is improving but inconsistent

New York City eases limits on Uber's growth

It's probably safe to say goodbye to "de Blasio" mode in Uber's app in New York

Twitter will reconvene Flight for mobile developers

The event for third-party developers is scheduled for Oct. 21 in San Francisco

Air Canada, National Grid sign up to use Apple, IBM mobile apps

More than 500 companies are running IBM apps on Apple mobile devices, Apple CFO Luca Maestri said on an earnings call

Higher-end phones help Huawei rake in the cash

Huawei's phone business is focused on making a profit, and not just shipping large volumes

In Q2, Yahoo spent a pretty penny to achieve unusual growth

Total sales grew by 15 percent, but Yahoo's traffic acquisition costs skyrocketed

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