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July 21, 2015, 2:25 PM

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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Hackers remotely gain partial control of a Jeep Cherokee on the highway using vulnerability found in thousands of Chrysler cars, SUVs, and trucks  —  Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It  —  I was driving 70 mph on the edge of downtown St. Louis when the exploit began to take hold.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Chrysler fixes remote control vulnerability with software update that must be installed manually  —  Patch Your Chrysler Now Against a Wireless Hacking Attack  —  Earlier this month, a pair of security researchers used a wireless attack to disable a Jeep Cherokee as I drove it on a Missouri highway.
More: Network WorldTweets: @0xcharlie
Giuseppe Macri / InsideSources:
Group of big Silicon Valley firms, including Facebook, Google, Dell, HP, and eBay, filed amicus brief siding with Samsung in Apple patent case  —  Silicon Valley's Biggest Companies Take Samsung's Side in Apple Patent Fight  —  A group of Silicon Valley's biggest companies including Facebook …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
The open web can't flourish if vendors don't work towards closing the rendering performance gap between desktop and mobile web browsers  —  The mobile web sucks  —  I hate browsing the web on my phone.  —  I do it all the time, of course — we all do.  Just looking at the stats for The Verge …
Karissa Bell / Mashable:
Twitter just removed your homepage wallpaper, and people are furious  —  If Twitter.com is looking a little different right now, it's not just you.  —  The company has removed wallpapers from users' home and notifications timelines on Twitter.com Monday, Twitter confirmed Monday.
AnandTech:
Apple Watch review: best wearable ever, but hard to recommend this first generation version  —  The Apple Watch Review  —  Prior to the launch of the Apple Watch, there had been rumors that Apple would make a watch for quite some time.  In a broader sense, the wearables industry has become …
Bloomberg Business:
Toshiba Executives Resign Over $1.2 Billion Accounting Scandal … Toshiba Corp. President Hisao Tanaka and two other executives quit to take responsibility for a $1.2 billion accounting scandal that caused the company to restate earnings for more than six years.
Mark Bergen / Re/code:
Profile of Omid Kordestani, Google's chief business officer, who has the absolute trust of Larry Page  —  ‘The Soul of Google’: What the Return of Omid Kordestani Says About the Mountain View Monolith  —  It is no exaggeration to say that Omid Kordestani may be the most likable person in Silicon Valley.
More: Beyond SearchTweets: @stevenlevy and @mdudas
Mike Beasley / 9to5Mac:
Several iTunes-related services went down as Apple and MTV announced VMA nominees on Beats 1 [Update: services restored]  —  Several iTunes-related services go down as Apple and MTV announce VMA nominees on Beats 1 [U: Restored]  —  [Update 1:45 PM: Apple's system status page now reports …
Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
Analysts expect iPhone sales to propel Apple's Q3 results with 49-50M shipped, company to post earnings of $1.80/share on $49.26B revenue  —  Strong iPhone Sales Expected to Propel Apple's Results, Anticipation Surrounds the Watch  —  As Apple prepares to release its June quarter results …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Hacking Team goes to war against former employees, suspects some helped hackers  —  As surveillance startup's sales grew, so did internal strife at Hacking Team.  —  Italian prosecutors have begun a criminal investigation of six former employees of the embattled company Hacking Team …
More: CSO and Boing Boing
Wall Street Journal:
Apple hires former Fiat Chrysler SVP Doug Betts who led global quality  —  Apple Hires Auto Industry Manufacturing Veteran  —  Hiring of Doug Betts may be signal that efforts to develop electric car may be gaining ground  —  Apple Inc. has hired one of the auto industry's veteran manufacturing executives …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Jet launches, comparing its prices against Amazon's on 90% of product pages, the remaining 10% will be updated with the feature over the coming months  —  Jet.com Will Launch With Amazon Prices Front and Center  —  Jet, the new shopping site that launches on Tuesday, promises shoppers “the lowest prices on everything.”

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