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August 23, 2016, 9:05 PM

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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google plans to lower search rankings of publishers' mobile pages that use intrusive interstitial ads starting January 10  —  Google has announced that it will begin cracking down on “intrusive interstitials” on January 10, 2017, because this type of ad “can be problematic on mobile devices where screens are often smaller.”
Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:
PlayStation 3 games coming to PCs and Macs in early September via PS Now streaming service and $25 DualShock 4 USB adapter  —  PlayStation 3 games are coming to PC.  —  Sony Interactive Entertainment announced today that it is bringing its PlayStation Now game-streaming program to Windows PCs.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Google's Daydream service is launching “in the coming weeks” as the company pays YouTube stars for VR content and helps promote some Hulu projects  —  Company to release Daydream virtual reality service in weeks  —  Google said to back games, short films with YouTube celebs
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Instapaper has been acquired by Pinterest and will continue to operate as an independent app  —  It will continue to operate as an independent app  —  Instapaper, a pioneering app for saving articles to read later, has been acquired — again.  The app, which was created by developer Marco Arment …
Julia Bluff / iFixit:
Repair experts report widespread design defect affecting iPhone 6/6 Plus that leads to an unresponsive screen and flickering gray bar  —  People all over the world mail their broken iPhones to microsoldering specialist Jessa Jones.  Aided by powerful microscopes and precision soldering irons …
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Lenovo will preload Microsoft Office, Skype, and OneDrive on its Android devices as part of a new patent cross-licensing agreement  —  Microsoft has announced that its software will be soon be preloaded onto some of Lenovo Android devices.  Productivity apps including Microsoft Office …
Philip Michaels / Tom's Guide:
Parrot's $1,299 fixed-wing Disco drone can sustain 50 mph for 45 minutes, comes with new driver assist system and CockpitGlasses FPV headset, ships in September  —  PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Parrot's fixed-wing Disco drone caught our eye when we spotted it at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year.
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Leah Schnurr / Reuters:
Ashley Madison found to have violated privacy laws in joint Canada-Australia probe, enters into compliance agreements with both countries  —  The parent company of infidelity dating website Ashley Madison was responsible for numerous violations of privacy laws at the time of a massive release …
Andrew Chung / Reuters:
ITC trade judge clears Fitbit of stealing Jawbone's trade secrets  —  Fitbit Inc did not steal rival Jawbone's trade secrets, a U.S. International Trade Commission judge ruled on Tuesday, dashing Jawbone's hopes of securing an import ban against Fitbit's wearable fitness tracking devices.

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