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August 7, 2017, 12:56 PM

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Sam Nussey / Reuters:
SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son says the company is 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 …
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In first acquisition for the streaming giant, Netflix buys comic book publisher Millarworld, the company behind the Kingsman franchise  —  Comics Legend Mark Millar Joins Forces With the Leading Global Internet Entertainment Platform to Blow Minds Everywhere.  —  Hollywood Ca.
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' privacy  —  Google and Facebook could face fines stretching into billions of pounds if they breach users' privacy under a new law.
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.
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 …
David Barboza / New York Times:
How, in wake of 2015 Chinese antitrust action, Qualcomm changed its posture toward China by starting joint ventures with the government  —  As the Chinese government develops drones, the American technology giant Qualcomm is helping.  The same goes for artificial intelligence, mobile technology and supercomputers.

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