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August 16, 2019, 10:35 AM

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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.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple sues mobile device virtualization company Corellium, accusing it of copyright infringement for illegally replicating iOS, along with iPhone and iPad apps  —  Apple today filed a lawsuit against Corellium, a mobile device virtualization company that supports iOS.
Hilary Milnes / Digiday:
Sources and a leaked pitch deck indicate that Amazon may have offered vendors the ability to bid for an Amazon 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 …
Elizabeth Lopatto / The Verge:
A close reading of the S-1 of the soap opera that is The We Company, a “tech company” whose mission “is to elevate the world's consciousness”  —  On August 14th, The We Company (the company formerly known as WeWork) filed its mandatory S-1 paperwork to go public, and it's worth reading in full.
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 …
James Sanders / TechRepublic:
After the latest firmware update, some Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 devices are throttling CPU speeds to 400 MHz; Microsoft says it is working on a fix  —  User reports indicate that an erroneously set CPU flag is sending Intel Core processors back into the Pentium II age.
Aric Toler / bellingcat:
A deep dive into Amazon FC Ambassadors program finds 53 Ambassador accounts in seven countries, some of which are using fake identities and recycling accounts  —  On August 14, a Twitter thread that included a small army of “Amazon FC Ambassadors” went viral, bringing to light Amazon's year-long social media brand ambassador program.
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Nvidia beats Q2 expectations with revenues of $2.58B, down 17% YoY, gaming chip sales of $1.3B, up 24% from Q1, and data center revenues of $655M, up 3% QoQ  —  - Chipmaker says all markets grew sequentially in quarter  — Stock rallies on optimism for end to inventory slump
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Cloudflare files for an IPO, citing sites like 8chan as one risk factor, says it had revenues of $192.7M in 2018, up 43% YoY, and a net loss of $87.2M  —  The company (which made its debut on TechCrunch's Battlefield stage) has put a placeholder value of the offering at $100 million …
Karl Bode / VICE:
Google says data from its new “Password Checkup” Chrome extension shows that 1.5% of all website logins use credentials that have been compromised  —  New ‘Password Checkup’ Chrome extension found 1.5 percent of all website logins use compromised credentials, a figure that's higher for porn websites.
Akanksha Rana / Reuters:
Report: Alibaba to buy NetEase's Kaola, one of the biggest Chinese shopping sites for imported goods, for $2B in cash  —  (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has agreed to pay $2 billion in cash to buy Chinese e-commerce firm Kaola, local news outlet Caixin reported on Friday.  (bit.ly/2HcCI6C)

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