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August 26, 2017, 3:20 PM

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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.
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.
James Redmayne / Reuters:
Drones with AI-powered shark detection software to patrol Australian beaches; studies show humans are 20-30% accurate at spotting sharks, AI is ~90% accurate  —  SYDNEY (Reuters) - Drones equipped with a shark detection system powered by artificial intelligence will start patrolling …
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
Ira Boudway / Bloomberg:
How sports manager Rudy Cline-Thomas and his investment partner Andre Iguodala of the Golden State Warriors are helping athletes invest in tech  —  About three years ago, in February 2014, Andre Iguodala spent an off-day during the NBA season at the offices of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Neuralink, Elon Musk's brain interface startup, has raised $27M, SEC filing shows  —  Elon Musk wants to connect your brain directly to a computer, and investors are ready to make that science fiction a reality.  Musk's startup Neuralink has raised the $26.96 million of a technically still-open funding round …
Recode:
Facebook hires Liz Spayd, former New York Times public editor, as a consultant to help with its “transparency” efforts  —  She has also worked at the Washington Post and Columbia Journalism Review as a top editor.  —  Facebook has recently hired former New York Times public editor Liz Spayd …

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Microsoft:
Winning hackathon project now helping millions read and write  —  Teacher Merlyne Graves used to spend hours recording for her students who struggled with reading.  Not any more.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
At Zoho Recruit, We Take Workflows very Personnel-ly  —  Here's the thing about workflows.  They are very difficult to understand until you actually start working with them.  —  But, for recruiters …

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