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August 11, 2016, 7:15 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 …
The Twitter Blog:
Twitter says BuzzFeed story contains “inaccuracies in the details” and “unfair portrayals” without offering specifics, pledges to continue making Twitter safer  —  In response to today's BuzzFeed story on safety, we were contacted just last night for comment and obviously …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
CVS Health launches mobile payments app CVS Pay for iOS and Android, starting in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, and nationwide by year end  —  CVS Health today is launching its own mobile payments solution that will allow customers to pay for products, pick up prescriptions …
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.
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.

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
Managing your training team is now a breeze  —  Clara is the head of Learning and Development (L&D) at Zylker Corp, and trains employees in domains like soft skills and leadership.

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