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April Glaser / Recode: Flir, leading maker of thermal imaging equipment, buys Prox Dynamics, a Norwegian maker of pocket-sized surveillance and reconnaissance drones, for $134M  —  The Black Hornet is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.  —  The leading maker of thermal imaging sensors, Flir …

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Janko Roettgers / Variety: Netflix says its custom video encoding method and use of VP9 and H.264/AVC High codecs are saving 36% bandwidth on Android and 19% on iOS for offline downloads  —  When Netflix introduced the ability to download content onto mobile devices for offline viewing earlier this week …

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Rupert Jones / The Guardian: Researchers guessed valid Visa card expiry dates and CVV codes in seconds via queries to multiple commercial websites; Visa failed to detect the attack  —  Academics say working out card number, expiry date and security code of Visa card takes ‘as little as six seconds’

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Kristen V. Brown / Fusion: What GitHub did to fight its trolls: hire a diverse safety team, enlist community's help, design features to make harassment difficult, provide users with tools  —  A few years ago, the software start-up GitHub faced an uncomfortable truth: It could be a pretty unpleasant place.

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Brittany A. Roston / SlashGear: PlayStation Vue vs. Sling TV vs. DirecTV Now: comparing streaming services on price, channel lineup, supported streaming devices, subscription perks, and more  —  The brave new world of live television is upon us, and it comes in three forms: PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and DirecTV NOW.

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Max Chafkin / Bloomberg: How a journalist became a men's fashion influencer on Instagram: hashtags, like and comment bots, and lots of help from professionals  —  I used to post cat photos.  Then a marketing agency made me a star.  —  Subscribe Reprints  —  I've always been well-liked.  At least, I think that's the case.

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Andrew Zaleski / Backchannel: Why MakerBot failed to live up to the hype: competition, flawed printers, backlash over its move to closed source, consumer 3D printer market never materialized  —  was October 2009 when Bre Pettis—his unmistakable sideburns and dark-rimmed rectangular glasses framing his face …

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Lucian Armasu / Tom's Hardware: Canadian government seeks public comment after explaining need for backdoors, mandatory decryption, longer phone and ISP record storage, and more  —  The new Canadian government is looking to further expand its surveillance powers by requiring decryption capabilities for all services …

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Carole Cadwalladr / The Guardian: One of the top Google autocomplete suggestions for “are Jews” is “evil”, with 9 of top 10 results saying “yes”; results similar for “women”, “Muslims”, and more  —  Tech-savvy rightwingers have been able to ‘game’ the algorithms …

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Steven Levy / Backchannel: Amazon's Alexa VP on the platform's future, the $2.5M Alexa Prize, concerns about poaching key AI talent from academia, new developer tools, privacy, more  —  Amazon's VP of Alexa talks about machine learning, chatbots, and whether industry is strip-mining AI talent from academia.

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Merissa Marr / Columbia Journalism Review: Three years after launch, The Information has a reporting staff of 10, is cash-flow positive, and juggles a closed-club feel with aggressive reporting  —  On the astro-turfed rooftop of a SoHo penthouse this summer, a mix of tech executives, investors, and B-list celebrities sipped Champagne …

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Amanda Hess / New York Times: A look at Gab, the social network launched in August that has become a haven for the far right and now hosts 98K accounts  —  When the white nationalist leader Richard B. Spencer was suspended from Twitter recently, he hopped over to YouTube to address his supporters.

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Nitasha Tiku / BuzzFeed: Snapchat avoids the fake news epidemic by vetting publishers who appear in Discover, hiring human editors for Live Stories, and limiting re-sharing  —  Evan Spiegel, Snapchat CEO and cofounder  —  Facebook emerged during the U.S. election as a central political and news source …

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Jared Newman / Fast Company: IFTTT's new plan: companies pay $199 per month to list their services on IFTTT's directory and embed “Applets” (recipes) in their own apps  —  IFTTT wants all of our devices and services to work better together.  But will companies pay the necessary tolls?

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April Siese / The Daily Dot: Jake Beckman, the creator of @SavedYouAClick, a Twitter account with 230K+ followers that aims to combat clickbait, creates @SavedYouATrick to oust fake news  —  For over two and a half years, Jake Beckman has been waging a war against clickbait.  The flashy headlines peppered with teasers …

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Kif Leswing / Business Insider: Apple says faulty battery causes unexpected shutdowns on “a small number of iPhone 6s devices”, offers free battery replacement  —  Apple customers have been reporting recently that certain iPhones seem to be randomly shutting off when their batteries say they are about 30% charged.

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Nat Levy / GeekWire: Facebook leasing two office buildings totaling 384,000 sq. ft. and 4,100 sq. ft. of retail space in Seattle, nearly doubling its footprint in city  —  Social media giant Facebook is growing its presence in Seattle in a big way, leasing a pair of planned office buildings in the South Lake Union neighborhood, right in Amazon's backyard.

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Sascha Segan / PC Magazine: BLU phone update prevents rogue application from sending user data to China; all new phones will use Google's OTA update utility in its place  —  It ain't easy being Blu right now.  The Miami-based, low-cost Android phone maker has rocketed to success by selling unlocked smartphones at rock-bottom prices …

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Matthew Reynolds / WIRED UK: Mirai-based botnet tried to hijack Deutsche Telekom, UK's TalkTalk and Post Office customer routers, disrupting internet access for over 1M customers  —  The Mirai worm also hit the broadband, internet and TV networks of 900,000 Deutsche Telekom customers  —  Around 100,000 Post Office …

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Jordan Novet / VentureBeat: Apple hints at autonomous vehicle ambitions in letter advising NHTSA that new auto industry entrants should get the same testing rights as incumbents  —  Apple last week submitted a letter to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that suggests it's interested in testing self-driving cars.

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Katie Benner / New York Times: Airbnb and New York City settle suit over short-term rentals after city agrees to fine hosts and not the company for illegal listings  —  Airbnb has capitulated to the demands of lawmakers over its operations in New York City, the company's largest market in the United States …

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William Alden / BuzzFeed: Zenefits CEO David Sacks confirms he's stepping down, says search for new CEO has begun; one source says he's open to working in the Trump administration  —  David Sacks is giving up the CEO job less than a year after taking over amid a legal scandal.  —  David Sacks, the CEO of Zenefits …

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Abner Li / 9to5Google: Chrome 55 for desktop starts rolling out, blocking Flash even further by defaulting to HTML5; sites that only support Flash and top 10 sites are exempted  —  Over the past year, Google Chrome has been implementing a multi-phase plan to de-emphasize Adobe Flash.

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Bloomberg: Pandora's stock up 16% on reports of a possible sale; sources say Sirius XM approached the company again and Pandora has reached out to other potential suitors  —  Board hasn't responded to new engagement from Greg Maffei  —  Pandora advisers have begun soliciting interest from buyers

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Tom Dotan / The Information: Source: Zenefits searching for a possible replacement for CEO, less than a year after David Sacks took the position  —  Zenefits is trying to recruit senior managers who could replace CEO David Sacks, less than a year after he took over from embattled co-founder Parker Conrad, according to a person close to the company.

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