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August 10, 2015, 1:55 PM

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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
OEMs and carriers make Android's security update strategy ineffective at Android's scale; a major attack on unpatched phones seems inevitable  —  Waiting for Android's inevitable security Armageddon  —  Editorial: Android's update strategy doesn't scale, and that's recipe for disaster.
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Mark Scott / New York Times:
PageFair study claims ad-blocking, regularly used by 200M people worldwide, will lead to $22B of lost ad revenue this year  —  Study of Ad-Blocking Software Suggests Wide Use  —  Guillermo Beltrà spends a lot of time surfing the web.  —  Yet like many avid Internet users …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Blockfeed, available in NYC, extracts location from news articles and serves users a feed based on where they are  —  Blockfeed App Surfaces Hyper Local News  —  The death knell has been sounded for local journalism at regular intervals during the digital era.
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Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
One year after the relaunch: Dennis Crowley on the future of Foursquare, privacy, and Yelp  —  Nearly a year after Foursquare's relaunch, we caught up with chief executive Dennis Crowley to talk Foursquare's future, its plan to cash in on ad tech, privacy, burrito discovery, and why the six-year-old startup doesn't have to kill Yelp.
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Vainglory creator Super Evil Megacorp raises $26M round led by Index Ventures  —  Vainglory Breaks Through in E-Sports on a Tablet  —  Under everyone's noses, the competitive video game scene has gotten huge, with more than 113 million fans globally by some estimates.
Owen Williams / The Next Web:
Plex for iOS gets total redesign, better sync and Rotten Tomatoes integration  —  It's been a long time since Plex updated its iOS app, but today it's announced a major overhaul that brings a number of new features and makes the app available for free.  —  The first thing you'll notice is the revamp of how the app actually works.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Google goes with Vulkan as Android's low-overhead graphics API  —  Khronos also announces OpenGL ES 3.2, which Android already partially supports.  —  Low-overhead graphics APIs are all the rage these days, at least if you're the sort of person who gets excited about graphics APIs. iOS 8 introduced Metal …

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