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August 15, 2018, 12:05 AM

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Karissa Bell / Mashable:
Hundreds of Instagram users have reported their accounts hacked and their emails and phone numbers tied to accounts changed, preventing account recovery  —  Krista, an Instagram user with more than 4,500 followers on her fitness account, noticed something strange on Saturday evening: she had been logged out of her account.
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Researchers detail Foreshadow, a speculative execution flaw in secure enclaves on Intel processors, mitigated by May/June microcode fixes, patches coming today  —  IN CYBERSECURITY CIRCLES, this has been the year of Spectre and Meltdown, not only because the chip vulnerabilities …
CNNMoney:
Tinder co-founders, 8 former and current execs sue parent firm IAC, alleging Tinder's valuation had been depressed and seeking $2B+ in damages for money owed  —  Co-founders of Tinder and eight other former and current executives of the popular dating app are suing the service's current owners …
Selina Wang / Bloomberg:
Y Combinator names former Baidu COO Qi Lu as CEO of Y Combinator China, a new Chinese arm it says may start as soon as next summer  —  - This marks the seed investor's first international program  — Former Baidu COO, Qi Lu, will oversee the rollout in China
Steven Musil / CNET:
Twitter puts account of Alex Jones in read-only mode for seven days after a tweet violated policy; he can browse but can't tweet, retweet, or like other posts  —  Twitter has cut off Alex Jones from key functions of his account after the founder and star of conspiracy site Infowars violated another Twitter policy.
Erin Griffith / New York Times:
A look at the proliferation of startup fundraising “mega-rounds” of $100M+, of which there were a record 273 last year and even more projected for this year  —  Start-ups raising $100 million or more from investors used to be a rarity.  Now, this scale of fund raising is commonplace.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Quiz game HQ Trivia debuts an Apple TV app as it hopes to return to growth; its mobile apps' store rankings and concurrent viewers have slid in recent months  —  HQ Trivia's app store ranking has continued to sink the past three months, but it's hoping a new version on your television could revitalize growth.
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Instagram Stories are as good, if not better, than Snapchat's, but that may present a short-term problem for Facebook as users spend less time on News Feeds  —  This is hardly the first Stratechery article about Facebook to start with Snapchat.  The “camera company” née social network …
Nicholas Thompson / Wired:
Q&A with Oscar CEO Mario Schlosser on how health care data can transform the industry as Alphabet invests $375M in the provider, following Capital G and Verily  —  IN THE LATE 1990s, two graduate students named in Stanford's computer science department set out to organize the world's information.
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
How a few activists, concerned by the lack of regulation of US internet firms' data collection practices, led an effort that resulted in CA's new privacy bill  —  Facebook and Google made billions mining personal data, and fought off anyone who threatened to stop them.  Then came a challenge in their own backyard.
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
As it refreshes its brand, a look at the past, present, and future of Evernote, which started in 2002 and has 225M registered users worldwide  —  “Why the hell are we here today?”  —  Chris O'Neill, Evernote's CEO, is addressing an audience made up of the company's employees in a tent pitched …

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