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August 19, 2016, 11:30 PM

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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.
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 …
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) …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft open sources PowerShell, brings it to Linux and OS X  —  Microsoft today announced that it is open sourcing PowerShell and bringing it to Linux and OS X.  —  PowerShell is Microsoft's command line shell for Windows power users, as well as an extensible scripting language for automating system tasks.
Matt Weinberger / Business Insider:
Atlassian's HipChat desktop apps get group video chat and screen sharing  —  Atlassian's popular workplace chat app HipChat, used by companies like Uber and Expedia, is getting team video chatting and screen sharing, starting today.  —  It might seem small, but it speaks to a big trend in tech.
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Dropbox CFO Vanessa Wittman leaving due to health reasons, her deputy Ajay Vashee will take over on September 1  —  Vanessa Wittman will be replaced by Ajay Vashee.  —  Dropbox CFO Vanessa Wittman is stepping down due to what the San Francisco-based storage company described as “health reasons.”
Kia Kokalitcheva / Fortune:
CellSavers raises $15M Series A to expand its on-demand mobile device repair service  —  It finally happened: You cracked your new iPhone's screen—accidentally, of course.  Since your smartphone is effectively an extra appendage, you need to get it fixed as soon as possible.  —  And you do.

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