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Google says data from its new "Password Checkup" Chrome extension shows that 1.5% of all website logins use credentials that have been compromised (Karl Bode/VICE)

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 (Aric Toler/bellingcat)

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 (Jonathan Shieber/TechCrunch)

Facebook is expanding its third-party fact checking program to Instagram, starting with US, and will downplay posts deemed fake on its Explore and Hashtag pages (Cristina Tardguila/Poynter)

Ripple's investment subsidiary Xpring grants 1B XRP, around $262M, to Coil, a micropayments platform for content creators, to drive adoption of the token (Yogita Khatri/The Block)

Canalys: North American wearables market hit $2B in Q2, 2019, as market leader Apple grew 32% YoY with 2.9M shipments, Fitbit grew 18%, and Samsung grew 121% (Jeremy Horwitz/VentureBeat)

Study: leading AI models to detect hate speech are 1.5x more likely to flag tweets by African Americans as offensive or hateful, partly due to social context (Shirin Ghaffary/Vox)

A data leak in Kaspersky's antivirus software has allowed third parties to potentially spy on users by injecting unique IDs into web pages, since 2015 (Ronald Eikenberg/heise online)

In a memo sent internally before he left the company, a Google employee wrote about "the burden of being black at Google", noting he regularly faced racism (Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai/VICE)

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" (Elizabeth Lopatto/The Verge)

Berlin-based game studio Klang raises $23.3M led by Novator Partners to develop a MMO space colony simulation called Seed, bringing its total raised to $37.4M (Dean Takahashi/VentureBeat)

Taso Du Val, the CEO of Toptal, a freelancing platform with ~$200M in revenues, has retained all of Toptal's stock, as it hasn't raised since a 2012 seed round (The Information)

UPS takes a minority stake in self-driving truck startup TuSimple for an undisclosed sum, says it's been carrying UPS cargo between Phoenix and Tucson since May (Sean O'Kane/The Verge)

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Amazon launches a new donations program, called FBA Donations, for third-party sellers to dispose of unsold products stored in its warehouses in the US and UK (Eugene Kim/CNBC)

Google Assistant now lets users create reminders that can be assigned to friends or family, including scheduled time-based or location-based reminders (Glenn Wilson/The Keyword)

Incorta, which aims to optimize data warehousing projects for enterprises, raises $30M Series C led by Sorenson Capital, bringing its total raised to $75M (Ron Miller/TechCrunch)

Tech companies can do a lot more to protect the identities of people speaking in recordings used to train AI, like shifting the voice or gender of the speaker (April Glaser/Slate)

Alibaba beats with June quarter revenue of $16.3B, up 42% YoY, cloud computing revenue of $1.1B, up 66% YoY, and core commerce revenue of $14.14B, up 44% YoY (Reuters)

Flashy Gen Z rsums, containing photos and bitmoji, are colliding with employer efforts to reduce hiring bias with systems that remove such embellishments (Chip Cutter/Wall Street Journal)

How St. Louis University is trying to help new students acclimate to campus life by putting an Echo Dot in every dorm room with a campus-specific Alexa skill (Molly Price/CNET)

Profile of Microsoft's Executive VP of Gaming Phil Spencer, who has steadfastly advocated for cross-platform play since taking over as head of Xbox in 2014 (Laura Parker/GameSpot)

Sega's Genesis Mini, launching September 19 for $79.99, is 55% smaller than the original Genesis, comes with two USB controllers, and has 42 built-in games (Andrew Webster/The Verge)

Rimeto raises $10M Series A for its corporate directory that integrates with systems like HR, CRM, and others for richer, easier to search employee profiles (Ron Miller/TechCrunch)

Twitter's followable topics may open big new audiences for the company, as well as polarize them; Twitter still thinks its "trending" section can be fixed (Casey Newton/The Interface)

Flatfair, a London-based startup that lets landlords offer deposit-free rent to tenants, has raised $11M Series A led by Index Ventures (Steve O'Hear/TechCrunch)

Mux, a video streaming analytics platform with clients like CBS Interactive, PBS, and Vimeo, raises $20M Series B from TPG's Evolution Media, Accel, and YC (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

CipherTrace: $3.1B may have been stolen through cryptocurrency exit scams and another $874M in misappropriated funds in 2019 (William Foxley/CoinDesk)

How Bluetana, an app that detects hidden Bluetooth-based card skimmers at gas pumps, is helping police; study: a skimmer can steal an estimated $4K to $60K/day (Brian Krebs/Krebs on Security)

As the 10+ day internet shutdown in Kashmir continues, pharmacists run out of drugs, people can't get cash, and online related businesses close (New York Times)

OnePlus CEO talks about a second 5G phone coming in Q4, international expansion, and plans to launch a TV set (Tim Bradshaw/Financial Times)

VMware says it is in talks to acquire Pivotal Software for $15 per share in cash, an 80% premium on Pivotal's $8.30 closing price on Wednesday (CNBC)

Caviar employees want DoorDash and Square to renegotiate transition packages; they have complained about issues with compensation, insurance, visa status, more (The Verge)

The House Homeland Security Committee subpoenas 8chan owner Jim Watkins, demanding that he appear before the committee on September 5 (Emily Birnbaum/The Hill)

Cisco reports Q4 revenues of $13.43B, up 6% YoY, and revenues of $7.88B for Infrastructure Platforms, up 6% YoY; stock down 6%+ after hours after weak guidance (Jordan Novet/CNBC)

Some Credit Karma users say they were served other users' account information when they logged in; Credit Karma says it is a technical malfunction, not a breach (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)

Leaked documents show that Microsoft pays $12 to $14 per hour to the contractors who transcribe up to 200 audio clips per hour to train Cortana (Joseph Cox/VICE)

Overstock.com shares fall ~36% over three days, after its CEO Patrick Byrne said he was part of "Deep State" federal investigations related to the 2016 election (Jeran Wittenstein/Bloomberg)

Facebook AI Research, DeepMind, NYU, and University of Washington debut SuperGLUE, a series of AI benchmarks to measure natural language processing performance (Khari Johnson/VentureBeat)

London-based equity firm BC Partners to buy IT services company Presidio in a $2.1B deal that would take Presidio private two years after its IPO (Michael Novinson/CRN)

About 200 Google employees sign a petition, saying they "refuse to be complicit" in potential cloud computing work for the US Customs & Border Protection agency (Colin Lecher/The Verge)

Mason, which helps businesses like Outback Steakhouse design and manufacture custom hardware like tablets, raises $25M Series A and says it's profitable (Catherine Perloff/Forbes)

Court documents allege that the Capital One hacker took "terabytes of data" from over 30 companies, educational institutions, and other entities (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

Microsoft updates privacy policy to say employees or contractors may listen to recordings from Cortana and Skype Translator, after reports revealed the practice (Joseph Cox/VICE)

Google says Course Kit, its toolkit for teachers launched last year, will now be called Assignments and be able to detect plagiarism (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)

Facebook simplifies Groups' privacy settings, to public and private; "secret" Groups are now private and hidden, and "closed" Groups are now private and visible (Jordan Davis/Facebook)

WeWork warns in its S-1 filing that it may have violated the Securities Act when its CEO gave media interviews in May, violating SEC's quiet period rules (Annie Palmer/CNBC)

Shopify launches a web chat feature called Shopify Chat to let customers talk to merchants, says it plans to expand it to SMS and Android in the future (Khari Johnson/VentureBeat)

Slack announces new administrator features for Plus and Enterprise customers, including announcement channels and workflow automation (Khari Johnson/VentureBeat)

Indian budget hotel booking startup Oyo says it will invest 300M in its vacation home rental business, as it looks to expand its footprint in Europe (Manish Singh/TechCrunch)

Sources: technicians from Huawei have, in at least two cases, personally helped African governments spy on their political opponents (Wall Street Journal)




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Ado-Simon: Oyo community where women, cattle lock horns for water - Blueprint

Afghanistan: Bomb kills 63 at wedding in Kabul - BBC

Afghanistan: Scores killed in Kabul wedding blast - Al Jazeera

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Ajimobi Awarded N7bn Non-Existent Road Project, PDP Alleges - Thisday

Alake Doubts IBEDC's Ability To Deliver Electricity To Abeokuta, Environs - Daily Independent

Alao, C&S Leader, Seeks Implementation Of Confab, El-Rufai's Panel Reports - Daily Independent

Alibaba in $15bn listing dilemma - Punch

All eyes on Ezenwankwo in Awka - Vanguard

All you need to know about the clash between Kenyatta and Ruto - Al Jazeera

Alleged forgery: Abiodun's aide flays ex APC chairman's call for governor's resignation - The Sun

Alleged forgery: Aide flays call for Gov Abiodun's resignation - The Sun

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Alleged N3b scam: Oyo-Ita weighs options, seeks soft landing - The Nation

Amb Ebere asks Buhari to review IGP Suleiman Abba's removal - Vanguard

Ambulance driver killed as army battles rebels - Punch

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