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August 11, 2019, 3:20 PM

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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Teen hacker Bill Demirkapi on finding bugs, that exposed 5M student records across 5,000 schools, in educational software from providers Blackboard and Follett  —  A FEW SHORT decades ago, the archetypal hacker was a bored teenager breaking into his school's network to change grades, à la Ferris Bueller.
Reuters:
In the face of the US ban, Huawei's smartphone sales are surging in China, boosted by rising grassroots patriotism and heavy promotions by the company  —  SHANGHAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - When 23-year-old Chinese student Aaron Huang started his hunt for an Android replacement for his Apple …
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Maria Deutscher / SiliconANGLE:
Cisco to acquire Voicea, the maker of a voice assistant called Eva for business meetings; Voicea had raised $20M from investors including GV and Salesforce  —  Cisco Systems Inc. today announced that it's bolstering its family of collaboration products with the acquisition of Voicea …
Masha Borak / Abacus:
QR code payments, which require opening an app, are causing holdups for public transit commuters in China, where 100M+ WeChat users regularly pay with QR codes  —  NFC availability is growing, but 100 million WeChat users are now paying for public transit with QR codes
Mary Ann Azevedo / Crunchbase News:
Backbone, which provides product lifecycle management SaaS for consumer goods companies, raises $10M Series A extension, closing the round with a total of $18M  —  Boulder, Colo.-based Backbone, a SaaS company that helps direct-to-consumer (D2C) brands get products to market, has raised $10 million as part of an ongoing Series A round.
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