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August 25, 2016, 11:30 PM

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Andrea Peterson / Washington Post:
Researchers uncover zero-day iOS flaws used to try to remotely steal data from activists, likely sold by malware vendor NSO; Apple releases patch with iOS 9.3.5  —  Many people assume their iPhones are secure, but new research sent Apple scrambling to fix vulnerabilities that left users at risk.
The Citizen Lab:
How a government targeted Ahmed Mansoor, an activist in the UAE, with three zero-day exploits meant to infect his iPhone with sophisticated commercial spyware  —  Ahmed Mansoor is an internationally recognized human rights defender, based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) …
New York Times:
WhatsApp to share phone numbers and analytics data of users with Facebook, two years after it said it had no plans to collect data  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Facebook bought the start-up WhatsApp in 2014, Jan Koum, one of WhatsApp's founders, declared that the deal would not affect …
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
WhatsApp lays groundwork to monetize its service by easing privacy rules and allowing businesses to message users  —  New privacy policy opens up service for texts from businesses  —  WhatsApp begins sharing more user data with Facebook  —  Facebook Inc. is laying the groundwork …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple developing a Snapchat-like video sharing and editing app and multiple social features for iOS  —  Company looks to catch up as video sharing gains popularity  —  Engineers test deeper social ties across iPhone, iPad software  —  Apple Inc., seeking to capitalize on the popularity …
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Sources: Uber lost $1.2B in first half of 2016, including $520M in Q1 and $750M in Q2; net revenue grew 18% from $960M in Q1 to $1.1B in Q2  —  After touting profitability in the U.S. early this year, the ride-hailing company is said to post second-quarter losses exceeding $100 million.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple to use Sony's FeliCa chip, a mobile tap-to-pay standard, in new iPhones in Japan to let users pay for transit with their smartphones  —  Company planning new iPhone model with Sony's FeliCa chip  —  Apple in talks with financial insitution for mobile payments
Associated Press:
Autonomous vehicle software startup nuTonomy begins invite-only testing of six self-driving taxis in Singapore; cars will have driver and researcher on board  —  SINGAPORE (AP) — The world's first self-driving taxis will be picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday.
Jim Weber / LinkedIn Pulse:
Sports writer says Twitter permanently banned his account with nearly 100K followers after he tweeted three Olympics GIFs  —  I thought the only people to get permanently banned from Twitter were Leslie Jones' online bully and terrorists.  Apparently those who post a GIF …
Mark Bergen / Recode:
Report: Google Fiber chief Craig Barratt was told by Larry Page to halve staff to 500; Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat interceded to defend business model  —  Another bump in the road for Alphabet.  —  For the past year, Ruth Porat, the CFO of Google and its parent Alphabet, has told Wall Street …
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed:
Nextdoor, a social network for neighbors, debuts a new tool to stem racial profiling on its platform, claims 75% success rate in tests  —  Nextdoor, a location-based social network for neighbors that has more than 10 million registered users, is rolling out a new tool today that the company …

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