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August 1, 2018, 8:00 PM

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Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
Sources: Google plans to debut a censored version of its search engine in China that will blacklist sites, filter results; CEO Pichai has spearheaded the effort  —  Google is planning to launch a censored version of its search engine in China that will blacklist websites and search terms about human rights …
Christopher Slowe / Reddit:
Reddit says a few employees had their work accounts hacked via 2FA SMS intercepts, leading to a few systems being compromised and some user data leaking  —  TL;DR: A hacker broke into a few of Reddit's systems and managed to access some user data, including some current email addresses …
Facebook:
Facebook and Instagram add activity dashboards to help people manage their time on social apps  —  Today we are announcing new tools to help people manage their time on Facebook and Instagram: an activity dashboard, a daily reminder and a new way to limit notifications.
New York Times:
Facebook CSO Alex Stamos will join Stanford as an adjunct professor when he leaves the company on August 17; Facebook does not plan to appoint a successor  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Facebook revealed on Tuesday that it had identified a political influence campaign ahead of the November midterm elections …
Reuters:
DoJ has secured arrests of several Ukrainian members of Carbanak group charged with allegedly stealing payment card and other data from US businesses  —  (Reuters) - Three Ukrainians associated with the hacking group FIN7 have been arrested in Europe in connection with hacks …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
WhatsApp begins charging businesses for message replies after 24 hours, launches display ads globally for web and Facebook that open to WhatsApp conversations  —  Today WhatsApp launches its first revenue-generating enterprise product and the only way it currently makes money directly from its app.
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Swapna Krishna / Engadget:
Snap announces new Snapchat Lenses that respond to English language voice prompts, not movement, rolling out globally today  —  Today, Snapchat announced that it is rolling out a new set of Lenses that will respond to your voice.  There's no need to make a facial gesture …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Guilherme Rambo / 9to5Mac:
Icon found in iOS 12 beta shows an unreleased iPad with thin bezels, no Home button, or notch  —  We've been expecting an update to the iPad Pro line for later this year.  Rumors suggest that the new version will have no home button, Face ID and thinner bezels, following the design trend introduced by Apple with iPhone X.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Siemens announces that it has acquired Mendix, a low-code application development platform, for ~$700M, to boost its cloud, IoT, and digital enterprise tech  —  Siemens, the giant German technology company, today announced that it has acquired Mendix, the popular low-code application development platform …
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Sara Salinas / CNBC:
Apple reports $9.55B in services revenue, up 31% YoY, vs. $9.21B est., as the company moves toward its goal of $14B in quarterly services revenue by 2020  —  - Wall Street had expected software and services revenue to remain essentially unchanged from the previous quarter, according to StreetAccount.

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