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August 24, 2016, 2:00 PM

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Steven Levy / Backchannel:
Apple execs Cue, Schiller, and Federighi as well as key Siri scientists Alex Acero and Tom Gruber explain Apple's secretive approach to AI and machine learning  —  On July 30, 2014, Siri had a brain transplant.  —  Three years earlier, Apple had been the first major tech company to integrate …
Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Spotify tries to get long-term deals with labels wanting higher cuts and other rights while operating on short-term extensions of old contracts  —  Streaming service is in talks with record labels to negotiate new contracts  —  As Spotify AB gears up for a potential initial public …
Chris Williams / The Register:
Microsoft details HoloLens' Holographic Processing Unit: TSMC-made, 24-core, performs 1T calculations/second, handles all environmental sensing and other inputs  —  How to make your own virtual reality brain  —  Hot Chips Microsoft today revealed a first look at the inside …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google plans to lower search rankings of publishers' mobile pages that use intrusive interstitial ads starting January 10  —  Google has announced that it will begin cracking down on “intrusive interstitials” on January 10, 2017, because this type of ad “can be problematic on mobile devices where screens are often smaller.”
Julia Bluff / iFixit:
Repair experts report widespread design defect affecting iPhone 6/6 Plus that leads to an unresponsive screen and flickering gray bar  —  People all over the world mail their broken iPhones to microsoldering specialist Jessa Jones.  Aided by powerful microscopes and precision soldering irons …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Opera launches free VPN app for Android with no data limits, no login required, and a feature to block ad trackers  —  Earlier this year, Opera launched its free and unlimited VPN service for iOS; today it is bringing the same functionality to Android.  Like the iOS version …
CNN:
Sources: FBI investigating cyber “intrusions” of NYT, other news orgs; the hackers are suspected to be affiliated with Russian intelligence agencies  —  Hackers thought to be working for Russian intelligence have carried out a series of cyber breaches targeting reporters …
Microsoft:
Driving wheelchairs and computers with eye movements alone  —  Former NFL player Steve Gleason and Microsoft work to empower people with ALS.
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Leah Schnurr / Reuters:
Ashley Madison found to have violated privacy laws in joint Canada-Australia probe, enters into compliance agreements with both countries  —  The parent company of infidelity dating website Ashley Madison was responsible for numerous violations of privacy laws at the time of a massive release …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
As Vesper shuts down, reflecting on why building a Mac app first would have been a better move than prioritizing the iOS app  —  What Happened  —  In December 2012, I started a company with my friends Brent Simmons and Dave Wiskus.  We named it Q Branch.

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