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August 1, 2018, 7:15 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.
Shannon Liao / The Verge:
WhatsApp expands business-focused features by adding real-time support, shortcut buttons to start conversations, and more, in an effort to monetize  —  Ads that link Facebook users to WhatsApp  —  Facebook is getting serious about monetizing WhatsApp after the social network reported sluggish earnings growth last Wednesday.
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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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Alex Sherman / CNBC:
A look at how Masayoshi Son picks and manages investments for SoftBank's $100B Vision Fund, which sources say has achieved a 60% ROI in its first year  —  - SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son, the key force behind all of the Vision Fund's investments, meets with every founder of every Vision Fund investment …
Kate Rooney / CNBC:
Square Q2: adjusted revenues of $385M, up 60% YoY, $6M net loss, gross payment volume of $21.4B, up 30% YoY, $37M in revenue from Bitcoin trading in Cash app  —  - Square is best known as a credit card processor but also offers payment hardware, a peer-to-peer Cash App, small-business lending and cryptocurrency trading.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft releases Windows 10 test build with Your Phone app feature for Android 7.0 and above that syncs most recent photos to PCs automatically  —  Microsoft is starting to test its new Your Phone app for Windows 10.  The software maker first unveiled the app back at the company's Build …
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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