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August 21, 2019, 12:20 PM

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Amrita Khalid / Engadget:
Google and Mozilla say they will block the root certificate issued by the Kazakhstan government, which could be used to monitor users, in Chrome and Firefox  —  Google and Mozilla are taking action against the government of Kazakhstan's efforts to launch a surveillance operation against its own citizens.
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
Intel unveils 10th-gen Comet Lake CPUs with up to 6 cores for thin and light laptops, based on its Skylake CPU architecture and 14nm process  —  Capping off a busy few weeks for processors for Intel, today the company is announcing the second half of their product stack for their low-power 10th generation Core processors.
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Washington Post:
Apple is delaying its plans to limit third-party tracking and ads in kids' apps, which it planned to implement in Sept., after some developers raised concerns  —  Apple plans to change the rules it has for kids apps, raising concerns among some app developers about the way the tech giant wields power unilaterally over its App Store.
Nat Levy / GeekWire:
LinkedIn says it blocked or removed 21.6M fake accounts in the first half 2019, of which 19.5M were blocked at the registration stage  —  LinkedIn blocked or removed 21.6 million fake accounts on its platform from January to June of this year, a sign that the Microsoft-owned social network …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Google says it has started rolling out AI-powered real-time spelling and grammar check features on Gmail for all G Suite users  —  Ever been stumped by spelling or sentence syntax while pecking out an email to colleagues?  Fortunately for G Suite users, Google will soon introduce improved spelling …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Adult website Luscious left data of 1M+ users exposed, including user email addresses, location data, the content they uploaded, liked, and shared  —  A popular hentai porn site that promises anonymity to its 1.1 million users left a user database exposed without a password, allowing anyone to identify users by their email addresses.
Sean Captain / Fast Company:
WeWork offices use the same WiFi password across many locations and employ the weak WPA2 Personal security protocol, creating potential for abuse  —  The We Company sees itself as a world-changing tech platform.  But it's used the same easy-to-guess password and dated Wi-Fi security for years.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple Music launches a new chart, the Shazam Discovery Top 50, powered by Shazam data and featuring songs trending in the US and 10+ other countries  —  Apple continues to make use of Shazam, the music recognition app it acquired for $400 million in 2018.  Earlier this month …

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