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August 7, 2017, 3:15 AM

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Louise Matsakis / Motherboard:
Manifesto criticizing Google's diversity initiatives on an internal message board circulates within the company, provoking derision and some support  —  Update 8/5/17 6:39 p.m.: This post has been updated to note that Google has written a memo to its employees about the document.
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Exclusive: Here's The Full 10-Page Anti-Diversity Screed Circulating Internally at Google  —  Update 7:25pm ET: Google's new Vice President of Diversity, Integrity & Governance Danielle Brown has issued her own memo to Google employees in response to the now-viral memo, “Google's Ideological Echo Chamber.”
Yonatan Zunger:
Former Google manager says anti-diversity manifesto author harmed Google, doesn't understand role of empathy in engineering, and deserves to be fired  —  You have probably heard about the manifesto a Googler (not someone senior) published internally about, essentially, how women and men …
Sarah Emerson / Motherboard:
Google diversity VP affirms the company's belief in diversity and inclusion but says it includes safe spaces for alt. views within equal-employment principles  —  On Saturday, we reported about an anti-diversity manifesto penned by a Google software engineer that was shared widely within the company.
Gary Mortimer / sUAS News:
US Army calls for units to discontinue use of products from Chinese drone maker DJI due to “cyber vulnerabilities”  —  According to a U.S. Army memo obtained by sUAS News, the U.S. Army Research Lab and U.S. Navy have concluded that there are operational risks associated with DJI equipment …
Philip Michaels / Tom's Guide:
After data collection “false alarm”, Amazon resumes selling some Blu smartphones  —  The Amazon-imposed timeout for Blu smartphones appears to be over.  After the retail giant halted sales of its phones earlier this week when spyware allegations resurfaced, Blu announced today (Aug. 4) that sales had resumed.
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Strict hacking laws, outdated government hiring rules, and a lack of incentives prevent ethical hackers from pitching in on cyber defense  —  If there's a single lesson Americans have learned from the events of the past year, it might be this: Hackers are dangerous people.
More: Wired
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Delaware law that lets corporations maintain shareholder lists and other corporate records using the blockchain technology went into effect this week  —  Blockchain got a big boost on Tuesday when a Delaware law went into effect that lets corporations maintain shareholder lists, along with other corporate records, using the technology.

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