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July 31, 2016, 5:20 AM

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Reuters:
Sources: Clinton campaign computer network hacked in addition to Democratic National Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee  —  The computer network used by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign was hacked as part of a broad cyber attack …
Mustafa Al-Bassam / Motherboard:
British Spies Used a URL Shortener to Honeypot Arab Spring Dissidents  —  A shadowy unit of the British intelligence agency GCHQ tried to influence online activists during the 2009 Iranian presidential election protests and the 2011 democratic uprisings largely known as the Arab Spring …
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Instagram will soon let users filter comments on their posts, turn off comments on individual posts, or turn off comments on their posts entirely  —  Instagram is taking an unusual step to deal with the complicated ethics of online commenting.  It's giving users the ability to make the choice …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Big data integrator Talend closes up 41% in Nasdaq debut, raising $94.5M in an IPO  —  French-American big data startup Talend made its debut as a public company today with a pop. After pricing its shares at $18 last night (above the expected range of $15-$17), the company began trading …
Jonathan Zdziarski / Zdziarski's Blog of Things:
Deleted WhatsApp messages leave behind forensic artifacts that could be reconstructed by someone with access to your device or iCloud backups  —  Sorry, folks, while experts are saying the encryption checks out in WhatsApp, it looks like the latest version of the app tested leaves forensic trace …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Filing: Microsoft to layoff 2,850 staff from mobile and sales divisions as it completes Nokia cuts, which started in 2015  —  MIcrosoft is cutting 2,850 more jobs beyond the 1,850 that the company announced would be eliminated earlier this year.  The new cuts will hit phone hardware and sales.
CB Insights:
Only two of 21 tech companies acquired in 2016 for $1B+ were venture-backed unicorns  —  There are buyers of tech companies doing deals of $1B+.  They're just not interested in overvalued unicorns. … The unicorn list currently consists of 169 venture-backed unicorns valued at a collective $600B.
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Bloomberg:
IRS delivers a notice of deficiency for $3B-$5B to Facebook, claims Facebook undervalued assets transferred to Irish subsidiary in 2010  —  IRS issues notice for 2010 tax year over operations transfer  —  Facebook plans to challenge notice in federal tax court

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