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August 12, 2016, 5:05 PM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook rolls out new code to nullify adblock workaround introduced by Adblock Plus  —  Adblock Plus launched a workaround to Facebook's ad block bypass today that ham-handedly removes posts from friends and Pages, not just ads, according to a statement provided by Facebook to TechCrunch.
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 …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers find cryptographic keys shared by millions of Volkswagen vehicles can allow them to 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 …
Dan Roundhill / Simplenote:
Automattic announces Simplenote iOS, Android, and macOS apps are now open source under GPLv2 license  —  At Automattic, we have a saying: … In this spirit, we are announcing today that all of the official Simplenote client apps are now Open Source Software under the GPLv2 license.
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Minecraft launches on the Oculus Rift next week  —  If you own an Oculus Rift and are eager to play Minecraft on it, we now know roughly when it's coming.  Mojang developer Tommaso Checchi tweeted that it'll arrive to the Windows 10 Beta edition (version 0.15.6) sometime next week.
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Hewlett Packard Enterprise acquires SGI for $275 million  —  Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which split from HP last year, today announced that it has acquired SGI, a company that makes servers, storage, and software for high-performance computing, for $275 million in cash and debt.
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Flow, the company's IFTTT competitor, comes to Android  —  Microsoft Flow, the company's workflow management tool, has now arrived on Android.  The app, a competitor of sorts of IFTTT and Zapier, offers an interface where you can mash up two or more services in order to create workflows …
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