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August 6, 2019, 12:00 PM

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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
The Apple Card, issued in partnership with Goldman Sachs, begins a preview rollout to randomly selected US customers today  —  Wide availability by the end of the month  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook said the Apple Card would arrive in August on the company's last earnings call, and here it is …
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 …
Michelle Nichols / Reuters:
Leaked UN report: North Korea has generated an estimated $2B using widespread and sophisticated cyberattacks to steal from banks and cryptocurrency exchanges  —  UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea has generated an estimated $2 billion for its weapons of mass destruction programs using …
Monica Melton / Forbes:
Cybereason, an endpoint detection and response platform, raises $200M Series E led by SoftBank at a $900M valuation  —  Cybereason, a cloud-based cybersecurity company and Forbes 2019 Next Billion-Dollar Startups honoree announced Tuesday $200 million in new funding.
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 …
Aja Romano / Vox:
Adrianne Jeffries / VICE:
Late last year, Yelp's app quietly started routing restaurant customers' take out and delivery phone calls through Grubhub for tracking and marketing purposes  —  The phone numbers add tracking before connecting to a restaurant so that Grubhub can bill for a marketing fee.
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Google says it's shutting down its Trips app for mobile and will incorporate many of the features into its Travel site, Maps app, and Search  —  Google is shutting down its Trips app for mobile phones, but incorporating many of the functionality from the service into its Maps app and Search features …
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.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
TickPick, a ticket markeplace which focuses on eliminating hidden fees, raises $40M from PWP Growth Equity, says it will hit $200M in transactions in 2019  —  TickPick was founded back in 2011, but it never raised any institutional funding — until now, with the announcement of a $40 million investment from PWP Growth Equity.
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Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Android Security Bulletin for August 2019 patches QualPwn bugs that could have allowed attackers to compromise devices with Qualcomm chips over a Wi-Fi network  —  Patches for the QualPwn vulnerabilities have been released earlier today by both Qualcomm and the Android team.
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
Microsoft debuts Azure Security Lab, to let researchers test Azure infrastructure in a contained environment, and expands Azure bug bounty rewards up to $40K  —  Researchers can earn up to $40,000 for reporting Azure vulnerabilities.  —  Microsoft is pushing for enhanced security …

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