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August 13, 2016, 3:50 AM

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Amir Efrati / The Information:
Sources: Lyft recently rebuffed acquisition approach from General Motors after consulting with other potential acquirers, will raise a new funding round instead  —  General Motors in recent weeks told Lyft it was interested in acquiring the company, according to a person briefed on the situation.
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.
Mark Bergen / Recode:
Former co-workers of GV's new chief David Krane describe him as energetic and politically savvy  —  The company swapped the dreamer for the networker.  —  At the helm of its venture arm, Google swapped the dreamer for the networker.  —  Friday is the final day for Bill Maris at Google Ventures …
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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.
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 …
Megan Geuss / Ars Technica:
ATM and PIN-pad hacks demoed at Black Hat security conference show chip cards aren't impervious to fraud  —  The good news?  Hacks are limited for now.  The bad news?  Hackers will get better.  —  Security researchers are eager to poke holes in the chip-embedded credit and debit cards …
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 …
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 …
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.

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