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August 11, 2016, 4:25 PM

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Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Ten former employees shed light on Twitter's 10-year failure to stop abuse on its platform  —  For nearly its entire existence, Twitter has not just tolerated abuse and hate speech, it's virtually been optimized to accommodate it.  With public backlash at an all-time high and growth stagnating …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft acquires Beam interactive game live streaming service  —  Microsoft has acquired Beam, a Seattle-based interactive game streaming service that lets viewers play along with streamers as they watch.  Beam's model takes the mostly passive interaction that streaming fans may be used …
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, will leave the company in the coming weeks to focus on health-and-wellness startup Thrive Global  —  Huffington Post co-founder and editor-in-chief to focus on health-and-wellness startup Thrive Global
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Adblock Plus finds a way to block Facebook's new, supposedly unblockable ads, beginning what could be a long game of cat and mouse  —  Facebook's plan to stop ad blockers has already been foiled.  Adblock Plus has found a way to strip ads from Facebook, even when they're served up in Facebook's new ad blocker-proof format.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers find cryptographic keys shared by millions of Volkswagen vehicles can allow them clone key fobs using cheap radio hardware  —  In 2013, when University of Birmingham computer scientist Flavio Garcia and a team of researchers were preparing to reveal a vulnerability that allowed …
Catalin Cimpanu / Softpedia News:
TCP Flaw in Linux Servers Allows Web Traffic Hijacking  —  All Linux kernels put out in the past four years affected  —  CVE-2016-5696 is the ID of a serious security flaw that affects the TCP implementation in the Linux kernel, which, if exploited, allows an attacker to hijack unencrypted Web traffic …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Logitech launches Pop Home Switch for smart home control, on sale this month for $99.99  —  Logitech has a new device called the Pop Home Switch, and it's a bit different from their usual offerings.  A company known for Universal Remotes encrusted with physical keys, touchscreen displays …
Mark Scott / New York Times:
Google fined $6.8M for breaking Russian antitrust rules with Android, for favoring its own services over rivals  —  Russian antitrust officials fined Google a mere $6.8 million on Thursday, a penalty that, while small, represents the latest in a growing list of global regulatory problems for the American search giant.
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 …
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.

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