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August 21, 2017, 12:35 PM

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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Intel unveils first 8th gen processors, dubbed “Kaby Lake refresh”, based on an updated Kaby Lake architecture, claims 40% performance increase over 7th gen  —  No Coffee Lake or Cannonlake here; these are doubled up Kaby Lake parts.  —  The first “8th generation” …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
HTC cuts Vive VR headset's price by $200, to $599, to remain competitive with Oculus Rift  —  You knew HTC wouldn't let the Oculus Rift's price cut go unanswered for long.  As of today, HTC has permanently lowered the price of the Vive headset by $200, to $599.
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
A look at challenges facing Verizon's Oath as the integration of NYC's AOL and SV's Yahoo struggles along, after 2,100 were laid off in mid-June  —  Can two once-great Internet behemoths come together harmoniously in an age of mergers, roll-ups, and distribution plays?
Ellen Pao / The Cut:
An excerpt from Ellen Pao's book “Reset”: This is how sexism works in Silicon Valley. My lawsuit failed. Others won't.  —  In December 2010, Sheryl Sandberg gave a talk about women's leadership in which she mentioned “sitting at the table.”  Women, she said, have to pull up a chair …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Microsoft kicks off Xbox One X pre-orders today with a limited ‘Project Scorpio’ edition  —  Microsoft just pulled the trigger on Xbox One X pre-orders, offering up the souped up version of its console for $499.  Unveiled back at E3 in June after a year's worth of teasers …
Kirsten Korosec / The Verge:
Inside Argo AI, an autonomous vehicle technology startup in which Ford pledged to invest $1B  —  In the race to launch autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence expertise is the prize  —  Somewhere between the 14th and 15th floors in a concrete stairwell, Bryan Salesky pauses …
Sarah Anne Lloyd / Curbed Seattle - All:
Chinese bike-sharing startup Ofo enters US with Seattle launch  —  Ofo VP Grace Lin on the launch plan and the bright yellow bikes  —  This week, Ofo's bright yellow bikes will join Spin's orange and LimeBike's green bikes on the streets of Seattle.  —  Unlike our first two bike-share companies …
Stan Higgins / CoinDesk:
Decentraland, a virtual reality world project that uses blockchain tech to track ownership of digital plots of land, raises $25M via ICO  —  A virtual reality project built on top of blockchain technology has raised over $26 million in ether via an initial coin offering (ICO).
More: CoinSpeakerTweets: @levie
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Researchers: October's Mirai botnet attack on Dyn DNS service was incidental; original target was PlayStation Network name servers used by Dyn  —  Targets included Brazilian Minecraft servers and the PlayStation Network  —  Last October, a flood of traffic from the Mirai botnet brought …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers demo using a hidden chip in a replacement smartphone screen to log keyboard input, install malicious apps, and take pictures  —  Booby-trapped touchscreens can log passwords, install malicious apps, and more.  —  People with cracked touch screens or similar smartphone maladies …

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