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August 15, 2016, 3:25 AM

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Jena McGregor / Washington Post:
As his fifth anniversary as Apple CEO approaches, Tim Cook reflects on his tenure and Apple's future: mistakes, progress made, AI and AR efforts, more  —  Apple's CEO talks iPhones, AI, privacy, civil rights, missteps, China, taxes, Steve Jobs — and steers right past the car rumors
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Sources: Twitter in talks with Apple to bring its app to Apple TV, hoping to fully capitalize on its live-streaming deals with NFL, MLB, NBA, Wimbledon, others  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Last March, Twitter and Facebook, along with other tech companies, faced off over which of them would get the rights …
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
World Economic Forum report envisions blockchains as the “beating heart” of global finance, estimates 80% of banks will start using the technology in 2017  —  A new report from the World Economic Forum predicts that the underlying technology introduced by the virtual currency Bitcoin …
The Intercept:
New Zealand intel requested and received emails, Facebook chats of Fiji pro-democracy activists from NSA; first publicly confirmed PRISM target is a NZ citizen  —  Tony Fullman is a middle-aged former tax man and a pro-democracy activist.  But four years ago, a botched operation launched …
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.
Lucia Maffei / TechCrunch:
You don't need a Google+ profile to post reviews on Play Store anymore  —  The Google Play Store will not require you to have a Google+ account to write reviews anymore.  —  In an email to TechCrunch, Google confirmed the news that “a G+ profile is no longer needed to post a review.”
Wall Street Journal:
Uber's new option for riders to pay with cash in Johannesburg, South Africa and a few other markets fuels tensions with traditional taxi drivers  —  Uber drivers complain of increased intimidation by metered-taxi rivals  —  JOHANNESBURG—A new service by Uber Technologies Inc. that allows riders …
Ruth Reader / Fast Company:
Crowdfunding app Tilt launches peer-to-peer payments to serve international markets neglected by Venmo  —  With $62 million in funding, Tilt may be poised to establish itself as the social payment app for a global audience.  —  James Beshara, CEO of the crowdfunding platform Tilt …

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