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August 20, 2016, 8:20 PM

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Chromium Blog:
Google to end support for Chrome apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux in early 2018, stop surfacing them in the Chrome Web Store in the second half of 2017  —  We have always believed in making the open, interoperable web as strong as possible.  For a while there were certain experiences the web …
Recode:
Sources: Lyft recently sought $9B for buyout after GM expressed interest in acquiring the company, but received no bids even after lowering its asking price  —  It failed to find another buyer after GM expressed interest in acquiring the company.  —  Lyft may have run out of options.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches Lifestage, an app for high school students to create a profile with videos  —  “What if I figured out a way to take Facebook from 2004 and bring it to 2016?  What if every field in your profile was a full video" asks Facebook's 19-year old product prodigy Michael Sayman.
Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Pandora nears licensing deals with major record companies for on-demand streaming; $10 per month would give subscribers unlimited access to tracks  —  The internet radio service is aiming to start offering new paid tiers as soon as next month  —  Pandora Media Inc. is aiming …
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Previously unreleased Snowden documents confirm ShadowBrokers leak contains authentic NSA software that was used to attack systems in Pakistan and Lebanon  —  On Monday, a hacking group calling itself the “ShadowBrokers” announced an auction for what it claimed were “cyber weapons” made by the NSA.
TechCrunch:
Sources: seed-stage firm Rothenberg Ventures near collapse as executives depart; employees blame out-of-control spending by the firm's fame-seeking founder  —  Rothenberg Ventures, the four-year-old, San Francisco-based seed-stage venture firm, may be on the brink of implosion, say several sources close to the firm.
David Shepardson / Reuters:
AT&T, Alphabet, Apple, Verizon, Comcast, others form “Robocall Strike Force” that will work with FCC to combat robocalls  —  The chief executive of AT&T (T.N) will announce Friday that 33 companies including the telecom giant, Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), Apple Inc (AAPL.O) …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Samsung to Close Milk Music on September 22  —  Samsung is finally pulling the plug on its Milk Music streaming service: The company started to notify users of Milk Music Friday that it will shut down the service on September 22.  Samsung told existing users to instead switch to Slacker, which has been powering Milk since its launch.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers reveal how the NSA used BenignCertain exploit to remotely extract decryption keys from Cisco's PIX firewalls for a decade  —  Exploit against Cisco's PIX line of firewalls remotely extracted crypto keys.  —  In a revelation that shows how the National Security Agency was able …
Brad Sams / Thurrott.com:
Windows 10 Anniversary Update breaks millions of webcams using MJPEG or H264 encoded streams; Microsoft engineer says fix is coming, likely in September update  —  On August 2nd, Microsoft released the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 and when the bits arrived on computers around the globe …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Microsoft launches Evernote to OneNote import tool for Mac, says it has moved 71M Evernote pages to OneNote via OneNote Importer tool on Windows  —  Microsoft is making it easier for Mac users to ditch Evernote in favor of OneNote, its rival note-taking app, and a part of the Microsoft Office suite.

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