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August 1, 2019, 1:35 PM

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Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Intel unveils eleven 10th-gen Ice Lake laptop CPUs, built on its new 10-nm Sunny Cove architecture, claims they run 18% more instructions per clock than before  —  Intel gave us the broad strokes of its 10th-generation “Ice Lake” notebook CPUs at Computex a few months ago, but now the company is finally ready to give us more details.
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Inside US-based “phone farms”, where people use dozens or hundreds of smartphones to fabricate engagements with ads and generate some disposable income  —  Ordinary Americans are using armies of phones to generate cash to buy food, diapers, and beer through ad fraud.
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Facebook details its first takedown of inauthentic accounts linked to the Saudi government, alongside a separate takedown of accounts linked to UAE and Egypt  —  Washington (CNN Business)Facebook said Thursday it had found evidence of something cyber security and national security experts …
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, the biggest name in Fortnite and one of Twitch's most popular stars, says he will move to Microsoft's Mixer full-time  —  Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, the biggest name in Fortnite and one of Twitch's most popular stars, is leaving the platform to stream exclusively on Mixer.
Abhijeet M. / SamMobile:
Leaked render of Samsung's 3.5mm to USB-C adapter is a further indication that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will not have a 3.5mm headphone jack  —  We've seen the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ in all their glory in a slew of leaked renders already, and now, a render showing the 3.5mm …
New York Times:
Cisco to pay $8.6M to settle government claims for selling video surveillance tech with a security flaw, reported in 2008, to government agencies until 2013  —  WASHINGTON — Cisco Systems agreed on Wednesday to pay $8.6 million to settle claims that it sold video surveillance technology …
Klint Finley / Wired:
A look at the debate about commercializing open source software, as more companies adopt restrictive licenses for their open source software to generate revenue  —  As open source software grows more popular, and important, developers face an existential question: How to make money from something you give away for free?
Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times:
With an estimated 420K CCTV cameras operating in the city, London has become a test bed for visual surveillance tech, including live facial recognition  —  On the last day of January, few of the shoppers and office workers who hurried through Romford town centre in east London …
Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez / The San Francisco Examiner:
Lyft has made its 1,000 e-bikes in San Francisco “unavailable to riders” following two reports of bikes catching fire  —  The flames appear to have originated from the battery  —  The battery of an electric Lyft bicycle appeared to catch fire Wednesday in the Lower Haight.
The Guardian:
Facebook says it was “not our role” to remove fake news during Australian election; it only demotes fake news, removes content that violates community standards  —  Exclusive: Facebook executive Simon Milner says company ‘only removes content that violates our community standards’
Varun Mishra / Counterpoint Research:
Analysis: in Q2 2019, global smartphone shipments declined 1% YoY, making it the 7th consecutive quarter of declining shipments; Samsung shipments grew 7.1% YoY  —  Overall smartphone shipment declined 1% in Q2 2019, making it the seventh consecutive quarter of declining shipments.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Fitbit beat analyst estimates with Q2 revenue of $314M, up 5% YoY, but lowered Q3 guidance; stock down 18%  —  KEY POINTS  —  The Fitbit Ionic has a few apps, with more to come  —  Shares of Fitbit cratered as much as 21% after hours on Wednesday after the company cut guidance …
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
German regulator says Google has agreed to stop listening in and transcribing Google Assistant recordings for three months in Europe  —  Germany's data protection commissioner is investigating  —  Google has agreed to stop listening in and transcribing Google Assistant recordings …
Polina Marinova / Fortune:
New York-based Lux Capital raises $500M for its early-stage fund and $550M for its opportunity fund to invest in startups on “the cutting edge of science”  —  Lux Capital, a New York-based venture capital firm, has raised more than $1 billion across two new funds to back companies on “the cutting edge of science.”

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