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August 7, 2017, 12:00 PM

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Sam Nussey / Reuters:
SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son says he's interested in investing in Uber or Lyft, amid reports Uber board is mulling sale of stock to SoftBank and others  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp (9984.T), a prolific investor in global technology startups, reported a sharp rise in quarterly profits …
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 …
Louise Matsakis / Motherboard:
Brendan Koerner / Wired:
How a Russian hacking team reverse-engineers slot machine pseudorandom generators, then sends agents to casinos to beat machine's odds, blackmail manufacturers  —  LATE LAST AUTUMN, a Russian mathematician and programmer named Alex decided he'd had enough of running his eight-year-old business.
Alexander J Martin / Sky News:
UK government proposes Data Protection Bill that includes new “right to be forgotten” legislation for users and fines for companies that breach users' data  —  Google and Facebook could face fines stretching into billions of pounds if they breach users' privacy under a new law.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Report details how Apple, HP, other manufacturers influence Green Electronics Council regulators to undermine green tech standards of reusability and repair  —  A new report says the tech industry is using its outsized influence to combat environmental product standards

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