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August 9, 2016, 3:10 PM

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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Facebook aims to bypass ad blockers on desktop by changing signifiers used to detect ads, will roll out improved ad preferences tool to opt out of targeted ads  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Digital ads pop up online so frequently and ubiquitously that many people are using software to block them.
Paul Wagenseil / Tom's Guide:
Researchers find 12 of 16 Bluetooth smart locks they tested could be hacked and opened by unauthorized users  —  LAS VEGAS — Many Bluetooth Low Energy smart locks can be hacked and opened by unauthorized users, but their manufacturers seem to want to do nothing about it …
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Twitter opens Moments to more partners, brands, and influencers, will open to all in coming months  —  Twitter is opening up its Moments feature to users, but only if you're one of its select influencers, brands, or partners.  The company revealed that it has given certain “groups of creators” …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers uncover advanced malware with 50+ modules that's existed since 2011 and infected government agencies and telcos in Russia, Iran, Sweden, China, more  —  Espionage platform with more than 50 modules was almost certainly state sponsored.  —  Security experts have discovered …
Gmail Blog:
Google's Inbox now bundles Trello and Github emails, summarizes Google News alerts, and lets users save files to Google Drive  —  Staying on top of your to-do list can be a challenge.  In order to get things done, you often need to hunt through your inbox to find what you're looking for …
BBC:
Iran becomes first country to ban and block access to Pokémon Go, following a years-old religious ruling issued against an earlier Pokémon card game  —  Authorities in Iran have banned the Pokemon Go app because of unspecified “security concerns”.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon Video will stream pilots on Twitch for the first time; three pilots will premiere on August 31  —  Twitch has been expanding its video content beyond gaming for some time, thanks to classic shows featuring Bob Ross and Julia Child, as well as its own “Creative” channel where artists and musicians can showcase their work.
Wall Street Journal:
P&G cuts back on targeted Facebook ads, finding broader Facebook campaigns more effective, as Facebook adds tools to boost brand awareness for big advertisers  —  Move shows challenges of such limits on big brands; Facebook offers new tools for large companies
Aaron Boyd / Federal Times:
Final Federal Source Code policy includes pilot program requiring federal agencies to publicly release 20% of their code, which will be housed on Code.gov  —  This post has been updated with additional comments from Federal CIO Tony Scott.  —  Original Post: 3:30 p.m.
Biz Carson / Business Insider:
Skully files for bankruptcy as former employee files suit alleging founders misappropriated funds  —  Two brothers used their company's money as a “personal piggy bank,” a new lawsuit by their former bookkeeper claims, before the startup shut down suddenly last week.
Cat Zakrzewski / Wall Street Journal:
Virtual reality startup NextVR raises $80M Series B round to expand beyond US  —  California company raised money from Asian technology companies and investment funds  —  A syndicate of Asian technology companies and investment funds are pouring money into a Laguna Beach, Calif. …

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