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August 10, 2016, 11:20 PM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: iPhone event scheduled for Sept. 7; thinner MacBook Pros with touchscreen strip for function keys, USB Type-C, Touch ID, more, likely to debut later  —  Slimmer MacBook Pro to get keyboard with thin digital screen  —  Company finds consumers take longer to buy or replace iPads
Davey Alba / Wired:
Snapchat removes “yellowface” anime lens after user backlash, four months after similar furor over Bob Marley “blackface” filter  —  Snapchat's at it again.  As first reported by The Verge and Mic, the ephemeral snapping app adored by millennials yesterday released …
Jillian D'Onfro / Business Insider:
FCC filing shows Google plans to test wireless network on newly available spectrum in 24 US locations  —  A new filing with the Federal Communications Commission reveals how seriously Google is focusing on its plans for a wireless version of Fiber, its high-speed internet service.
Rick Tetzeli / Fast Company:
Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi discuss the never-ending development of Apple Maps, why Apple doesn't try to be great at everything, and working with Tim Cook  —  The Apple vets open up on the embarrassment that was Apple Maps' debut and more in this wide-ranging interview.  —  Fast Company: Let's start talking about Maps.
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
Researchers find key to unlock Windows devices guarded by Secure Boot; key could allow users to run alternative operating systems, attackers to install rootkits  —  Security failures have created “golden keys” which unlock Windows devices protected by Secure Boot.
Mark Bergen / Recode:
Sources: Bill Maris, the CEO and founder of Google Ventures (now GV), is leaving this week, to be replaced by David Krane  —  Managing partner David Krane is said to be taking his place.  —  Bill Maris, the founder and chief of Google Ventures (or GV), is leaving the firm and its parent, Alphabet, Recode has learned.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
States can limit municipal broadband despite FCC ruling, three-judge panel of appeals court decides  —  Major loss for Tom Wheeler in attempt to boost broadband competition.  —  The Federal Communications Commission has lost in an attempt to preempt state laws that restrict the growth of municipal broadband networks.
Kashmir Hill / Fusion:
Researchers find Bluetooth-enabled vibrator sends data including temperature and vibration settings to its manufacturer while in use  —  The We-Vibe 4 Plus is a rubbery clamp that looks a little like the oversized thumb and forefinger of a Disneyland character pinching down.
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
GoPro's $5K six-camera Omni VR rig goes on sale August 17  —  GoPro has announced that it will open up sales of its six-camera “Omni” virtual reality rig when the company starts shipping preorder units on August 17th.  The $5,000 setup includes six Hero 4 Black cameras, the cube-shaped metal housing …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Just like Facebook Subscribe was good enough to slow Twitter's growth, Instagram Stories could slow Snapchat  —  Good-enough goes a long way when combined with network effect.  You don't always need to be better to win, you just have to rob your competitor of its appeal.

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