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August 13, 2018, 8:30 AM

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Kevin Collier / BuzzFeed News:
As attendees of Defcon's Voting Village, including an 11-year-old, successfully hack voting machines, vendors and officials try to downplay the problems  —  Veteran hackers have tried for years to get the world to notice flaws in voting machines.  Now that they've got it, they have to wrestle with scaring people away from voting.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Dealing with the likes of Infowars on internet platforms is not a binary choice to keep or ban them; many other options exist, and they should all be explored  —  from the deplatforming-and-denialism dept  —  Warning 1: I'm about to talk about an issue that has a lot of nuance in it and no clear …
New York Times:
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Check Point Research:
Check Point shows how hackers could infiltrate networks via all-in-one printers using just a fax number, points to attack on HP model that HP has since patched  —  Research By: Eyal Itkin and Yaniv Balmas  —  Fax, the brilliant technology that lifted mankind out the dark ages of mail delivery …
Louise Matsakis / Wired:
Researchers demo machine learning techniques that de-anonymize the authors of code samples, often with more than 90% accuracy, even from binary code  —  RESEARCHERS WHO STUDY stylometry—the statistical analysis of linguistic style—have long known that writing is a unique, individualistic process.
Michael H. Keller / New York Times:
A look at the fake YouTube views ecosystem where sites like Devumi.com and 500Views.com sell millions of bot-generated views and how YouTube is fighting it  —  Plays can be bought for pennies and delivered in bulk, inflating videos' popularity and creating an environment ripe for manipulation.
Shira Ovide / Bloomberg:
Snapchat's loosened standards for video and changes to advertising, like its use of consumer data and computerized auctions, make it less of an internet rebel  —  It loses luster, though, as it discards the elements that set it apart.  —  Snapchat has defined itself in opposition to the internet establishment.
CoinDesk:
Overstock.com says its subsidiary tZero raised $134M in an ICO, announces up to $270M investment in tZero by Chinese private equity firm GSR at $1.5B valuation  —  Overstock.com subsidiary tZero raised $134 million in its security token offering, the company said Thursday.
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Rigetti Computing, one of the companies trying to build a practical quantum computer, discloses that it has raised a $50M round in late 2017  —  Few corners of the tech industry are as tantalizing or complex as quantum computing.  For years evangelists have promised machines capable of breaking …
Daniil Turovsky / Meduza.io:
A look at the loose alliance between Russia's criminal hackers and intelligence services that has been attacking Russia's perceived enemies since around 2005  —  On the night of August 8, 2008, Georgian troops started shelling Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, and then began their assault on the city.

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