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August 6, 2019, 3:00 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 …
Tom McKay / Gizmodo:
Trump tweets a video of a Lou Dobbs interview with a fired Google engineer, who had proposed a Richard Spencer fundraiser and suggested skinheads rebrand  —  On Monday morning, President Donald Trump finally took the time to issue a (hollow and thoroughly unconvincing) denunciation …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
DOJ charges Pakistani man with bribing AT&T employees over $1M to install malware on the company's network, in a scheme that unlocked more than 2M devices  —  DOJ charges Pakistani man with bribing AT&T employees more than $1 million to install malware on the company's network, unlock more than 2 million devices.
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.
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 …
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
Instagram looks to hire a strategic partnerships manager focused on meme accounts, following a series of meme account purges, the latest taking down 142 in July  —  For nearly three years, 15-year-old Rowan Winch has been building a modern media empire out of his bedroom.
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 …
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:
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.
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.

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