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August 26, 2016, 11:25 AM

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Andrea Peterson / Washington Post:
Researchers uncover zero-day iOS flaws used to try to remotely steal data from activists, likely sold by malware vendor NSO; Apple releases patch with iOS 9.3.5  —  Many people assume their iPhones are secure, but new research sent Apple scrambling to fix vulnerabilities that left users at risk.
The Citizen Lab:
How a government targeted Ahmed Mansoor, an activist in the UAE, with three zero-day exploits meant to infect his iPhone with sophisticated commercial spyware  —  Ahmed Mansoor is an internationally recognized human rights defender, based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) …
New York Times:
WhatsApp to share phone numbers and analytics data of users with Facebook, two years after it said it had no plans to collect data  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Facebook bought the start-up WhatsApp in 2014, Jan Koum, one of WhatsApp's founders, declared that the deal would not affect …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple to use Sony's FeliCa chip, a mobile tap-to-pay standard, in new iPhones in Japan to let users pay for transit with their smartphones  —  Company planning new iPhone model with Sony's FeliCa chip  —  Apple in talks with financial insitution for mobile payments
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple developing a Snapchat-like video sharing and editing app and multiple social features for iOS  —  Company looks to catch up as video sharing gains popularity  —  Engineers test deeper social ties across iPhone, iPad software  —  Apple Inc., seeking to capitalize on the popularity …
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Sources: Uber lost $1.2B in first half of 2016, including $520M in Q1 and $750M in Q2; net revenue grew 18% from $960M in Q1 to $1.1B in Q2  —  After touting profitability in the U.S. early this year, the ride-hailing company is said to post second-quarter losses exceeding $100 million.
Mark Bergen / Recode:
Report: Google Fiber chief Craig Barratt was told by Larry Page to halve staff to 500; Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat interceded to defend business model  —  Another bump in the road for Alphabet.  —  For the past year, Ruth Porat, the CFO of Google and its parent Alphabet, has told Wall Street …
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Dropbox prompting users to reset passwords that haven't been changed since mid-2012, calls it a preventative move, says no evidence accounts improperly accessed  —  Dropbox is requiring users who have not changed their passwords since mid-2012 to reset their passwords this afternoon.
Akin Oyedele / Business Insider:
Apollo Global is buying Rackspace for $4.3B, or $32 per share, a 38% premium over August 3 closing price when first reports about pending buyout surfaced  —  Apollo Global, a private-equity firm, has agreed to buy Rackspace in a $4.3 billion deal that would take the cloud-computing company private.
Associated Press:
Autonomous vehicle software startup nuTonomy begins invite-only testing of six self-driving taxis in Singapore; cars will have driver and researcher on board  —  SINGAPORE (AP) — The world's first self-driving taxis will be picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Facebook open sources three computer vision tools that can identify objects within photos: DeepMask, SharpMask, and MultiPathNet  —  DeepMask and SharpMask are now open source  —  Facebook is open sourcing a set of computer vision software tools that can identify both the variety and the shape of objects within photos.

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