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August 31, 2020, 9:10 AM

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Akhil Arora / NDTV Gadgets 360:
Netflix says it is offering free access to select original content to non-subscribers, on Android and web, with a 30-second skippable ad for Netflix  —  Available on Android and computer browsers globally.  —  Snapchat  —  HIGHLIGHTS  —  Netflix is offering limited free access …
Wall Street Journal:
Internal postings show Ankhi Das, a top Facebook exec in India, supported “strongman” Modi's party before he was elected in 2014 and disparaged its main rival  —  Some employees said the sentiments and actions conflicted with the company's longstanding neutrality pledge
CNBC:
Sources: TikTok has chosen a buyer for its US, New Zealand, and Australian businesses, expected to be for $20B-$30B, and could announce as soon as Tuesday  —  (Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)  —  TikTok has chosen a bidder for its U.S., New Zealand and Australian businesses …
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Erin Griffith / New York Times:
Employees at equity management service Carta, most of them women, say they were belittled, excluded from meetings, and punished if they voiced their concerns  —  Current and former workers at Carta, a hot Silicon Valley fintech company, said they were belittled, excluded and punished if they spoke up.
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Report: black market for stolen game logins generates $1B annually, with logins for Fortnite, Roblox, Minecraft, and RuneScape accounting for ~$700M in sales  —  - Roblox, Minecraft and RuneScape accounts are also popular  — 'They can't keep up with demand,' researcher says in a report
Karen Hao / MIT Technology Review:
Online creators are creating deepfake memes as the technology grows more accessible, and publishing YouTube instructions so others can learn how  —  The rapidly increasing accessibility of the technology raises new concerns about its abuse.  —  Grace Windheim had heard of deepfakes before.
Fred Lambert / Electrek:
Tesla releases new software update to visually detect speed limit signs and more  —  Tesla has started pushing a new version of its software update to now visually detect speed limit signs, and more.  —  For a while, there has been speculation about to what degree Tesla …
Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
A look at autonomous boat tech as ocean research nonprofit Promare says it will unveil in September a fully autonomous ship called Mayflower with IBM as partner  —  Driverless ships don't have to worry about crowded roads.  And they don't need bunks—or toilets.  —  TEXT  —  1 RESPONSE
Jack Morse / Mashable:
Slack discloses a now fixed critical RCE flaw in its desktop app; Slack paid $1,750 bug bounty to researcher, which critics say is a paltry sum  —  Slack and its scores of desktop app users just dodged a major bullet.  —  The communications tool relied upon by journalists, tech workers …

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