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September 2, 2019, 1:00 PM

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Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Sources: a number of recently disclosed malicious websites used to hack into iPhones over a two-year period were designed to target Uyghur Muslims in China  —  A number of malicious websites used to hack into iPhones over a two-year period were targeting Uyghur Muslims, TechCrunch has learned.
Thomas Brewster / Forbes:
Sources: Android and Windows have also been targeted by the websites that sought to infect iPhones of Uighur ethnic minority in China  —  The unprecedented attack on Apple iPhones revealed by Google this week was broader than first thought.  Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook confirms it is considering testing removal of Like counts  —  Facebook could soon start hiding the Like counter on News Feed posts to protect users' from envy and dissuade them from self-censorship.  Instagram is already testing this in 7 countries including Canada and Brazil …
Jake Newby / RADII:
Viral Chinese deepfake app Zao, which lets users put themselves in pre-selected scenes from popular movies and soap operas, sparks privacy concerns  —  The launch of deepfake-style face swap app ZAO has seen it leap up the download charts in China, but it's also raising a host of privacy concerns
Gregor Hohpe / Martin Fowler:
A closer look at software architecture lock-in, which many developers consider their archenemy, in its many forms like vendor lock-in, product lock-in, and more  —  A significant share of architectural energy is spent on reducing or avoiding lock-in.  That's a rather noble objective …
Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:
Inside Foxconn's manufacturing facilities in India, where it operates two plants and has plans for two more as it looks to diversify its operations beyond China  —  On a steamy summer morning, dozens of buses pull up outside a cluster of low-slung, blue buildings in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
Bloomberg:
The US starts imposing 15% tariffs on certain tech products made in China like the Apple Watch; 15% tariffs on laptops and cellphones go into effect on Dec. 15  —  The Trump administration slapped tariffs on roughly $110 billion in Chinese imports on Sunday, marking the latest escalation …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
French police, with help from Avast, hijack and neutralize a cryptocurrency mining botnet that controlled ~850,000 infected Windows PCs with Retadup malware  —  In a rare feat, French police have hijacked and neutralized a massive cryptocurrency mining botnet controlling close to a million infected computers.

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