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August 5, 2019, 10:15 PM

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Aja Romano / Vox:
8chan struggles to stay up after Cloudflare quit servicing it; 8chan appears to have switched domain registrars to Epik, now hobbled by one of its own vendors  —  Protesters hold a rally against gun violence outside of New York Public Library in response to recent mass shootings in El Paso …
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Since January, Trump's campaign has posted 2,000+ immigration-focused Facebook ads that use the word “invasion”; report suggests the ads cost $1.25M  —  Some of President Trump's re-election ads have repeated his inflammatory claims about an “invasion” on the southern border …
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Matthew Prince / The Cloudflare Blog:
VICE:
Sources: on Google's internal forum, a memo viewed by 10,000+ alleges retaliation by managers for being pregnant and that things got worse when HR was contacted  —  The memo, titled “I'm Not Returning to Google After Maternity Leave, and Here is Why," has been read by more than 10,000 employees at the company.
Ari Levy / CNBC:
As US-China trade tensions rise, shares of Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet, and Facebook dropped between 3% and 5.2% today, losing a combined $162B in value  —  KEY POINTS  — Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Alphabet and Facebook each lost more than 3% on Monday, wiping out over $160 billion in shareholder value.
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
IBM says cyberattacks against industrial targets have doubled in the last six months; when an enterprise is hit, 12,000+ workstations are damaged on average  —  12,000 workstations on average will be damaged in cases of destructive malware.  —  Cyberattacks designed to cause damage …
Politico:
A look at the 14 US states that used paperless voting machines in 2018, which experts say can easily be hacked, and the slow and uneven efforts to replace them  —  Paperless voting devices are a gaping weakness in the patchwork U.S. election system, security experts say.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Microsoft says it blocked Russia-linked hacking group Fancy Bear from using compromised IoT devices to breach enterprise networks in April  —  Microsoft said it detected Strontium (APT28) targeting VoIP phones, printers, and video decoders.  —  One of Russia's elite state-sponsored hacking groups …
Micah Lee / The Intercept:
A deep dive into the methods used to unmask confidential sources in seven Justice Department cases against US government whistleblowers  —  Government whistleblowers are increasingly being charged under laws such as the Espionage Act, but they aren't spies.
Josh Horwitz / Reuters:
Chinese state media: Huawei is testing a ~$288 smartphone running its self-developed Hongmeng OS, which could go on sale later this year  —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is testing a smartphone equipped with Hongmeng, the company's self-developed operating system …
Ashlee Vance / Bloomberg:
Profile of Scale AI's 22-year-old CEO Alexandr Wang; the startup, which uses 30,000 contractors and AI to analyze images, has raised $100M at a $1B+ valuation  —  Behind every self-driving car or cashier-less Amazon Go convenience store sit thousands of humans whose job it is to train computers to see.
Adele Peters / Fast Company:
Google says that by 2020 all shipments going to or from customers will be carbon neutral; by 2022, all Made by Google products will include recycled materials  —  The company announced today that by 2022, all “Made by Google” products will include recycled materials.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Samsung announces Galaxy Watch Active 2 with a new bezel control, 40mm and 44mm sizes, and optional LTE, arriving Sept. 27 for $279+; ECG capability coming soon  —  Just six months after the first Watch Active, there's a new model in town  —  Earlier this year, Samsung released the Galaxy Watch Active …

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