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August 26, 2017, 5:20 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.
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 …
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
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Microsoft's Lee Holmes on the company's recent efforts to bolster security of the PowerShell framework, which has long been a high-profile target for hackers  —  THE TRICKBOT MALWARE that targets bank customers.  Password harvesters like Mimikatz.  “Fileless malware” attacks.
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 …

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