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August 25, 2017, 6:30 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
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.
Nat Levy / GeekWire:
Judge dismisses lawsuit by a group of Uber drivers against Seattle's unionization law, lifts injunction, allowing city to proceed with implementation  —  Seattle's first-of-its-kind law that allows drivers for companies like Uber and Lyft to bargain collectively has survived another legal challenge and can now go into effect.
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 …
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 …

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