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August 19, 2016, 9:15 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) …
New York Times:
Sources: Lyft held talks or made approaches to sell to Apple, Google, Amazon, Uber, and Didi Chuxing in addition to GM  —  Ride-hailing companies increasingly face a brutal set of competitive conditions.  Lyft, the second-biggest ride-hailing company in the United States behind Uber …
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 …
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 …
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.”
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.
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.

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Internet Association:
Here They Come: A Look At The Future Of Cities In The Internet Age  —  The purpose of the report is to highlight and draw lessons from cities that are actively pursuing a greater integration of technology into their economies, environments, and policymaking.
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