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Here’s what’s going on in tech on Tuesday …

– It looks like Apple CEO Tim Cook was in China yesterday, and he told officials there that Apple intends on boosting its investments in the country.

— Google is releasing Google Duo today, a video chat app for smartphones meant to rival Apple’s Facetime. The app works on iPhones and Android smartphones.

— Anyone a fan of Google+ Hangouts On Air? Well, if you are (or if you were even aware of it at all), Google is shutting it down Sept. 12, and users are being asked to instead use YouTube Live.

— Self-driving all the way to the bank. Ford and Baidu jointly put $150 million into Morgan Hill-based Velodyne, a maker of LiDAR (light, detection and ranging) sensor technology.

— More on the car front. Audi is working on technology that will be able to predict how much time it will take for a stoplight to turn green.

— Intel is holding its annual developers’ forum in San Francisco this week. What can be expected from the semiconductor giant?

— A group calling itself Shadow Brokers claims to have hacked into the NSA, and it says it is auctioning off some of the agency’s “cyber weapons” online.

— Salesforce has acquired San Mateo-based BeyondCore for an undisclosed amount. BeyondCore specializes in data analytics software and services.

— Hike, an Indian company that’s seen as rival to WhatsApp over in India, raises a $175 million round of funding. The financing is led by Chinese messaging giant Tencent and values Hike at $1.4 billion.

Photo: Apple chief executive Tim Cook leaves the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai on May 18, 2016. Cook visited China this week and has said Apple will increase its investments in the country this year. (Punit Paranjpe/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images).
 

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