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August 1, 2015, 11:15 PM

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Washington Post:
Former DNI Mike McConnell, DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff, and Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn back strong encryption in op-ed  —  Why the fear over ubiquitous data encryption is overblown  —  Clarification: Due to a production error, a version of this column was temporarily posted prematurely …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Anonymous Obama administration sources say US will retaliate against China for OPM hack and is weighing options that include breaching the Great Firewall  —  U.S. Decides to Retaliate Against China's Hacking  —  The Obama administration has determined that it must retaliate against China …
Wall Street Journal:
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Google Straps Aclima Sensors To Street View Cars To Map Air Pollution  —  If a city knows what intersections are full of smog, it could add trees or change stop light schedules to improve the air its citizens breathe.  Google Earth's Outreach program that equips nonprofits and public-benefit organizations …
Takashi Mochizuki / Wall Street Journal:
Japanese Police Arrest Mark Karpelès of Collapsed Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox  —  Official says police allege he manipulated the company's computer system to inflate its assets  —  TOKYO—Japanese police on Saturday arrested Mark Karpelès, the head of collapsed bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox …
Patrick Howell O'Neill / The Daily Dot:
Hackers find vulnerabilities in Industrial Ethernet Switches used in hydroelectric dams, nuclear power plants  —  How hackers can take over nuclear power plants  —  The world's most important facilities—think massive hydroelectric dams and nuclear power plants—are vulnerable to devastating cyberattacks.
More: TechWormThanks:@dellcam
Heather Somerville / Mercury News:
Lyft forgoes global expansion in favor of U.S. market domination  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Lyft has walked back years of promises about a global expansion, and instead the car-booking company is doubling down on the U.S. market, hoping to beat its biggest foe here at home.
Tweets: @jonrussell and @glennf
Owen Williams / The Next Web:
Kim Dotcom no longer involved with Mega, plans to create open-source, non-profit competitor  —  Kim Dotcom: 'I don't think your data is safe on Mega anymore'  —  In a Q&A session with Slashdot users this week, Kim Dotcom, the infamous former millionaire at the center of a US court case against Megaupload …
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Trevor O'Brien, the Product Lead Running All Twitter Apps, Is Departing  —  Another key product exec is leaving Twitter.  —  Trevor O'Brien, who joined Twitter a year and a half ago from YouTube and oversees product for Twitter's iOS and Android apps, is departing the company, according to multiple sources.
More: BuzzFeedTweets: @tmobrien and @heyheyesj

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