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August 23, 2016, 11:25 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.”
CNN:
Sources: FBI investigating cyber “intrusions” of NYT, other news orgs; the hackers are suspected to be affiliated with Russian intelligence agencies  —  Hackers thought to be working for Russian intelligence have carried out a series of cyber breaches targeting reporters …
Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Spotify tries to get long-term deals with labels wanting higher cuts and other rights while operating on short-term extensions of old contracts  —  Streaming service is in talks with record labels to negotiate new contracts  —  As Spotify AB gears up for a potential initial public …
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Opera launches free VPN app for Android with no data limits and no login required and also allows users to block ad trackers  —  Earlier this year, Opera launched its free and unlimited VPN service for iOS; today it is bringing the same functionality to Android.
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 …
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 …
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 …

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