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August 16, 2019, 6:55 PM

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Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
Five years later, a deep dive into Gamergate's origins and how conspiracy-fed trolling tactics it took mainstream are now central to post-truth information wars  —  On August 15, 2014, an angry 20-something ex-boyfriend published a 9,425-word screed and set in motion a series of vile events that changed the way we fight online.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube changes policy: copyright owners will no longer be able to monetize creator videos with very short or unintentional uses of music via its manual tool  —  YouTube is making a change to its copyright enforcement policies around music used in videos, which may result in an increased number …
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
Bakkt says it plans to launch its physically-settled bitcoin futures contracts on Sept. 23, after getting approval from NY state's financial regulator  —  Bakkt has been cleared to launch.  —  The Intercontinental Exchange's young subsidiary announced Friday that it had acquired …
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
Bluetooth SIG issues a security notice for the “KNOB” flaw, which allows hackers to steal data by brute forcing the encryption key used during bluetooth pairing  —  A new Bluetooth vulnerability named “KNOB” has been disclosed that allow attackers to more easily brute force …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Federal judge rules Georgia will have to fall back to paper ballots if it doesn't replace its electronic voting machines with a secure system for 2020 election  —  Judge finds several serious flaws with Georgia's current election technology.  —  Election security advocates scored a major victory …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
In a letter to Congress, the Trump administration asks lawmakers to reauthorize a law that lets the NSA gain access to logs of phone and text records  —  The White House is seeking reauthorization of a law that lets the N.S.A. gain access to logs of Americans' phone and text records …
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Coinbase has acquired the custody business of Xapo, a service best known for storing bitcoins in a vault under a Swiss mountain; source says for $55M  —  Cryptocurrency firm Coinbase has acquired the custody business of Xapo, a service best known for storing Bitcoins in a vault under a Swiss mountain.
Biswarup Gooptu / The Economic Times:
India-based Twitter-like platform ShareChat, which supports multiple regional languages, raises $100M round led by Twitter, sources say at $600M-$650M valuation  —  Regional language social networking platform ShareChat has completed a $100 million (about Rs 718 crore) equity financing round led …
Paul Roberts / The Security Ledger:
Huge survey of 6K+ firmware images of devices by 18 vendors including Linksys and Netgear finds no improvement in software security and lax security standards  —  A survey of more than 6,000 firmware images spanning more than a decade finds no improvement in firmware security and lax security standards …
Hilary Milnes / Digiday:
Sources and a leaked pitch deck indicate that Amazon may have offered vendors the ability to bid for an Amazon's Choice badge in 2017  —  Amazon has previously offered vendors the ability to “bid” for an Amazon's Choice badge by lowering prices and spending more money on advertising …
FinSMEs:
Edge cloud services provider Zenlayer raises $30M Series B to expand globally with an emphasis on emerging markets like India, Indonesia, and Brazil  —  Zenlayer, a Los Angeles, CA- and and Shanghai, China-based edge cloud services provider, raised $30m in Series B funding.

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