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August 5, 2016, 9:55 AM

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Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Apple is launching an invite-only bug bounty program in September with a few dozen researchers  —  It's one of the last major tech companies to start paying for exploits  —  Apple is planning a new bug bounty program that will offer cash in exchange for undiscovered vulnerabilities in its products …
Alan Boyle / GeekWire:
Amazon unveils its first freighter “Prime Air” jet, the first of twenty to be leased from Atlas Air, in addition to the twenty leased from ATSG  —  The first freighter jet to carry the Amazon brand is primed for its public debut in Seafair's sunny skies, after making a stealthy flight …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Apple is talking to TV firms about building a TV guide for Apple TV and iOS, letting viewers browse available in-app content, play shows with one click  —  Tim Cook doesn't want to sell you TV anymore.  He wants to tell you what's on TV.  —  Last year, Apple shelved its plan to sell you TV.
New York Times:
Facebook changes News Feed to automatically detect “clickbait” headlines, rank stories lower if they “withhold or distort information”  —  Facebook says it plans to marginalize what it considers to be “clickbait” news stories from publishers in its news feed …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Spotify launches Release Radar, a weekly personalized playlist of brand-new music  —  Spotify is doubling down on its strategy to beat Apple Music with big data-driven personalized playlists like Discover Weekly — a huge hit that saw 40 million users in its first year.
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Strategy Analytics: iPhone sales in India dropped 35% in Q2 YoY, left Apple with 2.4% of market that grew 19%  —  Tim Culpan is a technology columnist for Bloomberg Gadfly.  He previously covered technology for Bloomberg News.  —  +0.08  —  ON CLOSING, AUG 4  —  105.87USD
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Blake Krikorian, co-founder of Sling Media and former board member at Amazon, has died at 48  —  The Slingbox founder had been involved with Microsoft, Amazon and dozens of startups  —  Blake Krikorian, longtime and much beloved Silicon Valley entrepreneur, died yesterday.
New York Times:
How Snapchat grew its ad business by persuading companies to try untested and experimental ad formats  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Snapchat's chief executive, Evan Spiegel, took the stage in June 2015 at a marketing conference in Cannes, France, to champion advertising on the ephemeral messaging service, advertisers were wary.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Rackspace Hosting is in advanced sale talks with one or more private-equity firms, could reach deal this week; firm could be valued at up to $4B  —  Move comes two years after cloud-computing company says it would explore deal amid heightened competition
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Valve will license its SteamVR Tracking system used in HTC Vive to developers for free, allowing custom motion controllers for the Vive headset  —  A new Valve program will let companies use the HTC Vive virtual reality tracking system for their own hardware.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Dashlane and Google unveil OpenYOLO, an open-source API for apps to securely access passwords stored in password managers  —  Password management is one of the key defenses — or key weaknesses — when it comes to protecting your data and identity online, and today Dashlane …

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