Good morning, Austin. We have scrolled the internet to see what's happening in the tech world today. Here's what's going on:
What's next for Verizon, Yahoo and Marissa Mayer
Now that we know Verizon will pay $4.83 billion in cash for Yahoo's core internet business, the question is what happens now.
Recode's Kara Swisher has an insightful interview with AOL's Tim Armstrong about the road ahead. For starters, because this has been an auction process, there has been no chance to make specific integration plans between Verizon and Yahoo.
"Thus, that process will now begin in earnest, as Verizon really gets to look under the hood and begin to formulate what it wants to do with the assets it has bought," Swisher says, "That includes understanding which Yahoo businesses are healthy and which are not, who runs which division and where all the bodies are buried."
Also in play: the future of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. From her letter to employees, it looks like Mayer will be staying for now. But insiders believe she will likely depart when the deal closes.
It's a big day for Twitter
Twitter today reports second-quarter earnings, which will reveal where the company stands a year after co-founder Jack Dorsey took the helm.
On Monday, the company announced a new live-streaming sports deal that highlights its new focus. Under the deal, Twitter will live stream weekly out-of-market games from Major League Baseball and the National Hockey league.
That follows deals with the NFL and CBS to live stream the Democratic and Republican national conventions.
But as CNBC reports, analysts will be focused on user numbers, which have been stagnate. The company is expected to show it added just 2 million monthly active users in the second quarter compared to the prior quarter. That's in sharp contrast to other fast-growing social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.
Amazon takes drone testing to Britain
Could the British be the first to receive packages delivered by drones?
According to the New York Times, Amazon has partnered with the British government to significantly expand drone testing. That includes piloting the machines beyond the line of sight of its operators, which isn't permitted by the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States.
The Times says the move puts pressure on the FAA, which has turned down requests by Amazon, Google and others to push forward with delivery plans.
Amazon, meanwhile, is hoping that success with the drone trials in Britain will lead to loosening of restrictions in the U.S. and elsewhere.
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