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August 25, 2017, 4:00 PM

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New York Times:
South Korean court finds Samsung Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee guilty of bribery, embezzlement, and perjury; Lee sentenced to five years in jail, will appeal  —  SEOUL, South Korea — More than two decades ago, South Korean prosecutors indicted the chairman of the powerful Samsung conglomerate on charges of bribing the president.
Gwyn Topham / The Guardian:
UK government to test convoys of semi-automated trucks on public roads by the end of 2018, allocating £8.1M for the project  —  Government allocates £8.1m to trials of ‘platooning’ which proponents say could cut congestion and hauliers' fuel costs
New York Times:
Apple, citing US sanctions, starts removing apps from Iranian developers in the App Store; Google allows Iranian developers to publish free apps to Play Store  —  TEHRAN — Officially, Apple has no presence in Iran.  Because of American sanctions against the country, the company's iPhones …
Shona Ghosh / Business Insider:
Uber abandons plans for new 380K square foot Oakland headquarters to cut costs and is exploring various options including a sale of the building  —  Uber has abandoned plans to move into a massive building in Oakland, California and is instead “exploring several options” for the site, including a sale.
Kevin Collier / BuzzFeed:
Majority of donations to Marcus Hutchins' legal defense fund came from fraudulent sources, lawyer managing the fund says; all donations will be refunded  —  The lawyer managing fundraising for Hutchins' legal defense decided it was easier to refund all donations than figure out which ones were legitimate.
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Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:
Chrome team is experimenting with an option to permanently mute sound on specific websites  —  A lot of awful things can happen on the internet, but few are as terrible as landing on a website that automatically plays videos with sound.  Thankfully, this is something Google is addressing in a future update to Chrome.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Google rolls out its Assistant iOS app to the UK, Germany, and France starting today  —  Google Assistant for iOS is now available in Europe, as Google rolls out the app to the UK, Germany and France today.  Assitant for iOS was first announced at Google I/O earlier this year, alongside a release for US users.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Otto debuts $699, keyless smart lock, that uses Bluetooth for automatically detecting when doors need opening, available for preorder now, shipping in fall  —  The device echoes Apple's elegant design and functionality.  Will it sell?  —  As lead engineer for Apple Inc.'s smart-home technology …
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:
FBI files charges against Yu Pingan, a Chinese malware broker, alleging he provided hackers with malware used in OPM data breach  —  The malware has been linked to both the data breach of the US Office of Personnel Management as well as the Anthem breach.  —  The FBI has filed charges …

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