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August 25, 2017, 12:40 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 — A South Korean court on Friday convicted Lee Jae-yong, the heir to the Samsung business empire, of bribery and embezzlement …
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 …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans to introduce a 4K-capable Apple TV and updated TV app that can highlight live TV, alongside new iPhone and Apple Watch models, in September  —  Company plans to announce new Apple TV model in September  —  New model will play 4K HDR content from movie studios, apps
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 …
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.
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
Tony Romm / Recode:
Sources: US government lacks key regulators examining autonomous vehicles, as Trump's advisory board, comprised of key industry execs, has been inactive  —  The apparent end of an industry task force is one of many headaches facing tech and automakers in D.C.
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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Blend, which makes tools used by banks to evaluate mortgages, raises $100M Series D led by Greylock  —  San Francisco-based Blend is simplifying the process of mortgage applications for both borrowers and lenders, but is looking to expand into other lending products.

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