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Viacom is buying free streaming service Pluto TV for $340 million

Media giant Viacom announced yesterday that it's come to an agreement with free streaming TV provider Pluto TV to purchase the service for the seemingly absurd sum of $340 million in cash. Viacom sees the platform as a way to attract customers to its paid streaming platforms, including such offerings as Comedy Central Now and Noggin.

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The Pixel 2 and 2 XL are now available on Australian Google Store starting at $1,079

For those of you down under, Google's latest and greatest phones are now available for purchase. I hope you've been saving up, though. The Pixel 2 starts at more than a thousand bucks, and it'll cost you a few hundred more for the XL. Time to smash that piggy bank. Do you guys have those? Or are there like... platypus banks? I hope there are.

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Huawei's half-year financial results point to 36% increase in sales revenue

It's that time of year when financial statements start to circulate. After Q2 reports of record earnings for Samsung and big losses for LG, it's now Huawei's turn to take the floor. In a statement yesterday, the Chinese company announced its half-year figures, headlined by a 36.2% year-on-year increase in sales revenue, totaling CNY105.4 billion.

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Samsung reports record operating profits in Q2 2017 of $12.67 billion

Samsung's early estimates of its Q2 earnings pointed to record earnings, and the newly released final numbers confirm it. Samsung, which had to recall one of its most important phones less than a year ago, had an operating profit of $12.67 billion (14.4 trillion Korean won) in Q2. That's slightly higher than the estimate from early this month.

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