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August 12, 2019, 8:25 AM

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Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Twitch reverts Tyler “Ninja” Blevins' channel to offline mode after he calls Twitch out for using it to promote other streamers, including a porn broadcast  —  Ninja (aka Tyler Blevins) has largely avoided any bad blood between him and Twitch following his jump to Mixer, but that apparently didn't last long.
Wall Street Journal:
The FBI is seeking an early alerting tool that scans public data from social media to monitor threats to the US, which may violate Facebook and Twitter policies  —  Agency solicits vendor proposals to collect data from Facebook, other social media to head off safety threats
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Researchers: security flaws in 40+ kernel drivers from 20 vendors including Intel, AMD, and Huawei, can give hackers improperly elevated privileges on Windows  —  Affected vendors include the likes of Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, ASRock, AMI, Gigabyte, Realtek, Huawei, and more.
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
The dueling hashtags on Twitter, blaming the Clintons and Trump for Jeffrey Epstein's death, are a grim testament to our deeply poisoned information ecosystem  —  With each news cycle, the system grows more efficient.  Even on an internet bursting at the seams with conspiracy theories and hyperpartisanship …
Megan Eckstein / USNI News:
US Navy to replace touchscreen throttle and helm controls on destroyers with mechanical ones, after finding that touchscreens contributed to a deadly collision  —  SAN DIEGO - The Navy will begin reverting destroyers back to a physical throttle and traditional helm control system in the next 18 to 24 months …
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
ByteDance launches Toutiao Search, a mobile-optimized search engine in China that shows only censored search results, setting it up as a competitor to Baidu  —  ByteDance has taken another step into search with the launch of a new search portal today.  Called Toutiao Search …
Leigh Cuen / CoinDesk:
District judge rules that Coinbase must face a negligence lawsuit from customers who bought bitcoin cash, following its allegedly botched listing in 2017  —  Coinbase must face a negligence lawsuit from customers who bought bitcoin cash (BCH) following its allegedly botched listing …
Stewart Clarke / Variety:
Ofcom: streaming services' subscriptions for Q1 in UK: Netflix posts the largest gains, up 26% YoY to 11.5M, Amazon Prime trails with 6M but is up 23% YoY  —  Almost half of all U.K. homes now take one of the major subscription streaming services, with Netflix at the front of the pack …

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