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August 19, 2015, 8:00 AM

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Kim Zetter / Wired:
Hackers post 9.7GB data purportedly from Ashley Madison breach to dark web, including e-mails, profiles, and credit card transactions  —  Hackers Finally Post Stolen Ashley Madison Data  —  Hackers who stole sensitive customer information from the cheating site AshleyMadison.com appear …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Multiple sources report finding their personal info in Ashley Madison data dump despite former CTO's claims that some of the leaked data is not genuine  —  Was the Ashley Madison Database Leaked?  —  Many news sites and blogs are reporting that the data stolen last month from 37 million users …
David Pierce / Wired:
Google partners with TP-LINK on OnHub, an easy to use $199 Wi-Fi router that makes sure your devices are connecting efficiently  —  Rejoice: Google Just Created a Stupidly Simple Wi-Fi Router  —  It's actually pretty easy to deal with your wireless router.
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Parallels 11 brings Microsoft's Cortana to Macs before Siri  —  The latest version of Parallels, the popular Windows virtualization tool for Mac OS X, almost feels like it's trolling Apple.  One of Parallels 11's key features, alongside full Windows 10 support, is its ability to put Microsoft's Cortana right on your OS X desktop.
TechCrunch:
The 50 Startups That Launched At Y Combinator Summer 2015 Demo Day 1  —  Hardware took the spotlight at today's Y Combinator Demo Day, reflecting a major shift of the accelerator beyond the cliche mobile app startup.  Out of the 50 companies from the Summer 2015 batch that demoed on the record today, 20 featured hardware.
Amanda Connolly / The Next Web:
United States of Emoji: SwiftKey tells you the most popular emoji where you are  —  SwiftKey's keyboard for iOS got an update today that will show you the emojis you use the most.  Yes, it has been keeping track of how many you send.  —  In July, people using the iPhone beta version got …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
OnePlus 2 review: solid build quality and performance make the smartphone, starting at $329 for the 16GB model, the best deal on the market  —  OnePlus 2 review  —  “Flagship killer.”  That loaded term has been bandied about by virtually every smartphone maker since the iPhone took the scene by storm eight years ago.
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Kik Takes $50 Million Investment From WeChat Parent Company Tencent, Hits $1 Billion Valuation  —  Kik Messenger, which has a large teen user base in the United States, has raised $50 million in new venture funding from WeChat parent company Tencent.  The round values the company just north of $1 billion, according to the company.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Fossil gives a glimpse of its first Android Wear smartwatch, a round-faced piece similar to the Moto 360 that's powered by Intel hardware  —  This is Fossil's Android Wear smartwatch  —  Fossil, the watchmaker that's carved out a home at Macy's, JCPenney, and other retailers, is getting into the smartwatch game.
Graham Cluley / The State of Security:
Microsoft issues emergency patch for vulnerability allowing attackers to hijack Windows machines via IE  —  IE Under Attack!  Microsoft Releases Emergency Out-of-Band Patch  —  If Microsoft calls a vulnerability “critical,” warns that it affects all versions of Windows …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
FCC fines Smart City $750K for blocking Wi-Fi hotspots after January notice that the practice is prohibited  —  Company pays FCC $750,000 for blocking Wi-Fi hotspots at conventions  —  Wanted to force convention-goers to purchase $80/day Wi-Fi access.  —  A Wi-Fi service provider has agreed …

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