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August 25, 2019, 1:40 PM

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Freedom to Tinker:
Chrome team's idea for a new, but still cookie-based, anti-tracking standard is technically disingenuous and aimed at protecting Google's business interests  —  By Jonathan Mayer and Arvind Narayanan.  —  Blocking cookies is bad for privacy.  That's the new disingenuous argument from Google …
Antonia Hitchens / Wired:
Profile of Carla Engelbrecht, the director of product innovation at Netflix, whose experiments with interactive kids programs were a precursor to Bandersnatch  —  EARLIER THIS YEAR, Carla Engelbrecht flew to Phoenix, sat on the couch in a stranger's living room, and observed the stranger watching …
Liam Tung / ZDNet:
Tech Nation report: investments in UK tech startups hit a record $6.7B in the seven months of 2019, exceeding the total amount of investment in all of 2018  —  Foreign investment in UK tech startups booms but tech job openings take a dive.  —  The UK's tech sector has attracted $6.7bn …
Brian Bergstein / MIT Technology Review:
Profile of Rodney Brooks, the Australian roboticist who in 1990 co-founded iRobot, which used to make robots for US army and is now popular for Roomba vacuums  —  The professor who got robots zipping through the world—and cleaning house—by challenging conventional wisdom in AI.
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Academics are still waiting to receive key data originally promised in 2018 from Facebook, which has declined to provide some of the data citing privacy fears  —  In 2018, Facebook announced a partnership to provide data to academics to “help people better understand the broader impact …
Marlize van Romburgh / Silicon Valley Business Journal:
Trump's tweets “ordering” US companies to start looking for an alternative to China rattle tech stocks, with Apple closing down 4.6%, Amazon 3.1%, and AMD 7.4%  —  Shares of Apple and Silicon Valley's semiconductor companies were pummeled on Friday as President Trump responded …

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Strategies for shutting down SaaS sprawl  —  Managing a chaos of apps steals focus away from IT leaders who are increasingly helping to drive business.  Read the report.
TWiT.tv:
Protect Yourself from SIM Jacking  —  SIMjacker allows attackers to hijack any phone just by sending it an SMS message.  Steve Gibson explains how it works on the Security Now podcast.
Zoho:
Six ways to use shapes to create a compelling presentation in Zoho Show  —  Ideas come in all shapes and sizes—be it an extra fold to help your paper plane fly a few inches further, or an equation that changes …
AWS Startups:
How Daivergent Is Helping Autistic People with Careers in Tech  —  Founded in 2017 by Byron Dai and Rahul Mahida, Daivergent's platform connects AI companies with high-volume data needs to a remote workforce comprised of people with autism.
Google Fi:
Google Fi - a phone plan, by Google  —  We felt that most phone plans just weren't made with you in mind.  So that's why we built Google Fi with features that real people actually want.  Click to learn more.
TechCrunch Disrupt SF:
Will Smith and Ang Lee are coming to Disrupt SF this October 2-4  —  We'll talk to Lee and Smith about what it was like working with these effects, and how else they could change the way movies get made.
Intel:
Here's how Intel is powering breakthrough research in astronomy, medicine, AI and beyond  —  Fastest supercomputer in academia - Frontera, is based on 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

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