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Deborah Gage / Wall Street Journal: Cloud security provider Zscaler raises $100M at $1B+ valuation, in a Series B round led by TPG  —  Aiming for an IPO, Zscaler Raises $100M to Provide Security from the Cloud … Jay Chaudhry, founder of cloud security company Zscaler Inc., figures he has a good shot at an IPO in the wake …

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Kim Zetter / Wired: Researchers Create First Firmware Worm That Attacks Macs  —  The common wisdom when it comes to PCs and Apple computers is that the latter are much more secure.  Particularly when it comes to firmware, people have assumed that Apple systems are locked down in ways that PCs aren't.

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: Hackers begin exploiting denial-of-service bug in BIND software to attack DNS servers  —  Exploits start against flaw that could hamstring huge swaths of Internet  —  If you haven't installed Bind update, now would be a good time to do so.  —  Hackers have started exploiting …

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James Cook / Business Insider: Sources: Apple is conducting private MVNO trials in US, in talks with European operators, but service might be 5 years away  —  Apple is in talks to launch its own virtual network service in the US and Europe  —  Apple is in talks to launch a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) …

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Canalys and Counterpoint Research: Xiaomi tops China's smartphone market again in Q2 with 15.9% of the market, followed by Huawei and Apple  —  Xiaomi Regains Top Spot In China's Smartphone Market, Ahead Of Huawei And Apple  —  Xiaomi regained its crown as the top smartphone firm in China during Q2 2015 …

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Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal: China to impose export controls on advanced drones and supercomputers from August 15th  —  China Restricts Exports of Drones, Supercomputers  —  China is curbing its exports of advanced drones and supercomputers, in the country's latest move to tighten control over technologies linked to national security.

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Bloomberg Business: Chinese Airbnb rival Tujia raises $300M led by All-Stars Investment at over a $1B valuation  —  China's Airbnb Valued at More Than $1 Billion After Funding  —  Residential buildings stand in Beijing, China.  Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg  —  Tujia.com has raised $300 million …

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Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal: In trade dispute over orthodontic devices, appeals court will consider whether the ITC can stop digital transmissions that infringe on intellectual property  —  Imports of Digital Goods Face Test  —  Court to decide if ITC has power to halt digital transmissions in trade dispute over orthodontic devices

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John Fontana / ZDNet: Federal courts start to recognize the possibility of ongoing harm to data breach victims, fueling class-action lawsuits  —  Federal Court's data breach decision shows new tilt toward victims, class-action lawsuits  —  Federal courts beginning to recognize possibility of on-going harm …

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: Microsoft acquires FantasySalesTeam, a gamification platform to incentivize sales teams  —  Microsoft has acquired Incent Games, the company behind FantasySalesTeam, a gamification platform designed to help incentivize sales teams.  —  The computing giant says that it will soon offer …

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: Symantec: Anthem was a secondary target for hacking group Black Vine, which primarily targeted aerospace, energy, military, and technology industries  —  Group that hacked Anthem shared weaponized 0-days with rival attackers  —  History's biggest healthcare breach was just another hack for Black Vine gang.

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James Cook / Business Insider: Apple is preparing to launch a voicemail service that will use Siri to transcribe your messages  —  Apple employees are testing a voicemail service which uses Siri to answer your calls and transcribe voicemail messages.  Apple's iCloud service will then send you the text of the transcribed voicemail …

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Ben Woods / The Next Web: Sony launches Xperia M5 and C5 Ultra Android smartphones, with focus on perfect selfies  —  Sony has announced two new Android smartphones - the selfie-obesessed Xperia M5 and Xperia C5 Ultra - that will go on sale around the world in mid-August.  —  The better-equipped of the two devices …

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Keith Collins / Quartz: Easily accessible dark web marketplaces list stolen identities from $1, to $450 for a premium identity with a high credit score  —  Here's what your stolen identity goes for on the internet's black market  —  The going rate for a stolen identity is about twenty bucks.

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Nokia sells HERE mapping business to Audi, BMW, and Mercedes for $3.07B  —  Nokia Sells HERE Mapping Business To Group Of European Car Makers For $3.07B  —  Nokia has announced that it has sold its HERE mapping business to a consortium of automobile makers for $3.07 billion, ending months of speculation about the future of the unit.

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David Lieberman / Deadline: AT&T announces its first wireless phone and DirecTV bundle, available August 10 for $200  —  AT&T Unveils Nationwide Combo TV And Wireless Package With DirecTV  —  AT&T watchers have been waiting to see what it will do with DirecTV now that the companies are united, turning the telco into the world's largest pay TV provider.

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Dan Seifert / The Verge: Microsoft Edge review: Windows finally has a good browser  —  For two decades, the default web browsing experience in Windows has been Internet Explorer.  Over the years, Microsoft's home-built browser became bloated, insecure, confusing to use, and just plain hated by many users.

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William Alden / BuzzFeed: Zenefits, growing rapidly, promises to manage employee benefits but leaves some uninsured due to software glitches and human errors  —  Zenefits Is An HR “Rocket Ship” — But Some Customers Get Left Behind  —  Mike Hawkins' four-month health insurance nightmare began in November …

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Paul Carsten / Reuters: People's Bank of China publishes draft regulation, says Alibaba, Baidu, Tencent, others can't lock users into their payment services, exclude rivals  —  China mulls forcing Tencent, Alibaba to offer rivals' online payment services  —  China proposed new regulations on Friday …

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Aaron Tilley / Forbes: Light Raises $25 Million To Put DSLR-Quality Camera In Your Next Smartphone  —  Our phones have turned everyone into a photographer and laid waste to a huge portion of the camera market.  But even though we use our phones these days to take all of our pictures, the cameras in our phones still …

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Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet: IDC: Tablet sales fell 7% YoY to 44.7M units in Q2, but Lenovo, LG, and Huawei grew, pushing Samsung's and Apple's market share down to 41% from 45% last year  —  Tablet shipments drop again amid shrinking market demand: IDC  —  Global tablet shipments totaled 44.7 million units in Q2 compared …

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Mariella Moon / Engadget: Developer preview of Amazon's Alexa Voice Service now available, allowing manufacturers and hobbyists to integrate Alexa tech into their own devices  —  Amazon lets anyone put Alexa voice control in their devices  —  Amazon released the Alexa Appkit last month in hopes that developers …

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Seth Fiegerman / Mashable: Inside the failure of Google+, a very expensive attempt to unseat Facebook  —  Create a social network or risk everything.  —  That was the original pitch for Google's Facebook rival, Google+, a refrain hammered over and over by the social network's chief architect, Vic Gundotra, in meetings with the company's top brass.

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Jason Del Rey / Re/code: India's Snapdeal, an Amazon Competitor, Raises $500 Million From Alibaba, Foxconn and SoftBank  —  Alibaba finally has its ally in India, perhaps the world's hottest e-commerce market.  —  The Chinese e-commerce giant has invested in Snapdeal, an India-based e-commerce startup …

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Michael Mimoso / Threatpost: Security experts welcome US Commerce Department's decision to rewrite initial US Wassenaar proposal regarding regulation of cyberweapons  —  Unusual Re-Do of US Wassenaar Rules Applauded  —  In spite of self-congratulatory pats on the back from several corners of the security world …

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