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August 4, 2016, 11:30 AM

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Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Apple says 27% of new hires in US last year were underrepresented minorities, up 6% since 2013, wage gap closed for females and minorities; progress still slow  —  Cupertino, Calif — Faculty and students from historically black colleges crowded onto Apple's campus this week …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers demo new attack technique, HEIST, that lets hackers steal sensitive data like SSNs, e-mail addresses, and more from HTTPS pages  —  Approach exploits how HTTPS responses are delivered over transmission control protocol.  —  The HTTPS cryptographic scheme protecting millions …
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Mariella Moon / Engadget:
Touchscreen intercom Nucleus debuts with Alexa integration, on sale today for $249  —  Most people have smartphones and tablets (sometimes, in multiples) these days and don't actually need an intercom.  But if you're looking for one and want something more feature-packed than your typical walkie-talkie …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
VIPKID raises $100M Series C from Jack Ma's Yunfeng, Sequoia, and others for its platform helping to link Chinese kids with native speakers to learn English  —  As interest and investment continue to pour into the online education market, startups building platforms with a lot of traction are reaping the rewards.
Gordon Mah Ung / PCWorld:
Intel recalls Basis Peak fitness watches due to overheating in its continuous heart monitor that poses a burn hazard, will turn off Basis Peak service Dec. 31  —  The serious recall leaves Intel's wearables strategy up in the air.  —  Executive Editor, PCWorld
Dave Teare / AgileBits Blog:
1Password debuts $2.99/month personal subscription for its hosted password sync service, previously just for teams and families  —  Today is a very exciting day in the world of passwords!  We have not one, not two, but three(!) incredible things to announce:
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Wal-Mart is in talks to buy online retailer Jet.com; one source says Jet.com could be valued at up to $3B in private markets  —  Jet.com launched one year ago and raised more than $500 million  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is in talks to buy online discount retailer Jet.com Inc. …

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