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August 29, 2018, 8:00 AM

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Dell unveils its fall line-up of Alexa-ready Inspiron, XPS, and Vostro laptops and 2-in-1s, updated with 8th Gen Intel Core processors  —  Dell revealed its new line-up of laptops, 2-in-1 laptop-tablet hybrids, and monitors with the latest components from Intel.
Rachel King / Fortune:
Instagram introduces features for public figures: extra user details in profiles and account verification; 2FA apps will be supported in the coming weeks  —  Facebook often finds itself as the target these days when it comes to problems with security and privacy on social media.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft to add AI-powered audio and video transcription, file recommendations, and content-sharing tools to OneDrive for Business and SharePoint later in 2018  —  Microsoft is adding automated audio and video transcription, file recommendations and new content-sharing options to its OneDrive …
Ryan Felton / Jalopnik:
Report: Waymo's autonomous vans struggle to smoothly perform rather mundane driving tasks, often slowing or stopping at odd times, risking fender benders  —  If the autonomous revolution ever arrives, it's almost certain that self-driving cars will drive with an over-abundance of caution …
New York Times:
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
New zero-day flaw found in Microsoft Windows task scheduler that can allow a local user to gain system privileges in Windows 10  —  Updated: There is no known workaround for the security flaw.  —  Microsoft has quickly reacted to the disclosure of a previously unknown zero-day vulnerability in the Windows operating system.
The Information:
Sources: Amazon is planning to launch a free, ad-supported video service for its ~48M Fire TV streaming video device users that is being developed by IMDb  —  Amazon.com is planning to launch a free, advertising-supported video service for the estimated 48 million people who use …
Paul Alcorn / Tom's Hardware:
Intel debuts Core U and Y series chips, which were codenamed Whiskey and Amber Lake, saying they improve battery life and connectivity with integrated Wi-Fi  —  Intel is rolling out six new processors in the new Whiskey Lake U-series and Amber Lake Y-series.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Google says it's rebranding Tez, its payments app for India, as Google Pay, will expand it to cover micro-loans and add Tez features to Google Pay worldwide  —  Google launched its Tez paymen app in India a year ago, and now the company is giving the service major push into retail as it prepares …
Sarah Jeong / The Verge:
An excerpt from Sarah Jeong's book “The Internet of Garbage”, which discusses online harassment as a threat to the useful functions of the internet  —  Today, The Verge is publishing an interim edition of Sarah Jeong's The Internet of Garbage, a book she first published in 2015 but has since gone out of print.
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Trump accuses Google of rigging its search results to suppress positive news about him and tweets the situation “will be addressed”  —  President Trump's first tweet of the day, sent at 5:24am local time, has accused Google of rigging search results against conservatives.
Kris Holt / Engadget:
FCC to fund rural broadband for more than 700,000 homes and businesses, with more than half getting access to download speeds of 100Mbps or more  —  As part of its efforts to make broadband more available in rural areas, the Federal Communications Commission announced that the Connect America Fund Phase II …
Reuters:
Investigation: apparent global Iranian influence project bigger than previously known; Facebook says it has taken down more accounts linked to Iran  —  LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An apparent Iranian influence operation targeting internet users worldwide is significantly bigger than previously identified …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Yahoo's Oath has been pitching advertisers on a service that analyzes its 200M+ Yahoo Mail, AOL Mail inboxes; source says practice began 10+ years ago  —  Web giant analyzes more than 200 million inboxes for clues about what products people might buy—a practice much of Silicon Valley has declared off-limits
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Google updates its Duo video chat app with support for iPads and Android tablets, two years after launching the service  —  Google's video chat app, Duo, has finally made its way to tablets.  With its latest update, the app is able to work on both iPads and Android tablets.
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