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1. Life inside Snap has changed a lot since its IPO. Business Insider dug deep into the company behind Snapchat, from concerns over stock to its culture of secrecy.
2. Hackers were able to break into dozens of voting machines, The Hill reports. The Def Con security conference provided 30 voting machines for attendees to test, and all were hacked — some in just minutes.
3. The next iPhone’s homescreen and face unlock may have just been confirmed by HomePod firmware. The Verge reports that hidden inside Apple’s code are clues to what the eagerly anticipated “iPhone 8” might include.
4. The Tesla Model 3 has an incredibly minimalist interior. It ditches the traditional instrument cluster in favour of a single touchscreen.
5. Apple is removing virtual private network (VPN) services from its app store in China. VPNs can be used to evade government censorship.
6. Ousted Uber CEO Travis Kalanick may be trying to position himself for an eventual return to the company. Recode reports that he has told people he is “Steve Jobs-ing it,” a reference to how the Apple cofounder was forced out of his company before returning.
7. SoundCloud once accidentally banned Justin Bieber. BuzzFeed has published a longread looking inside the struggling music startup.
8. A US court has ruled that politicians blocking users violates free speech. New York Magazine reports that a federal court in Virginia recently ruled against a local politician on the subject.
9. Hackers have shown proof-of-concepts of how to beat hardware-based two-factor authentication (2FA), Motherboard reports. 2FA is an extremely useful way to protect your accounts, but it’s not perfect.
10. A disappointed Pokémon Go Fest attendee has proposed a class-action lawsuit against Niantic, TechCrunch reports. The event, the first of its kind, was a disaster, beset by technical issues.
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