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Advertisers Flee YouTube Over Offensive Ad Placements

Several top U.S. advertisers — including AT&T, Verizon and Johnson & Johnson — this week pulled out of their agreements with YouTube due to their ads appearing with videos advocating extremism, or with other offensive content. Such placements represent violations of their agreements with Google. “We are deeply concerned that our ads may have appeared alongside YouTube content promoting terrorism and hate,” AT&T said.

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Mobile

Google Gives Devs First Look at Android O

Google on Tuesday unveiled a developer preview of the latest version of its mobile operating system, code named “Android O.” The new OS is designed to improve on battery life and interactive performance of devices, according to Dave Burke, vice president of engineering, Android, at Google. The new release puts automatic limits on what applications do in the background in three areas.

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Enterprise

IBM Launches Enterprise-Strength Blockchain as a Service

IBM has unveiled the first enterprise-ready Blockchain as a Service offering based on The Linux Foundation’s open source Hyperledger Fabric. IBM Blockchain, which lets developers quickly establish highly secure blockchain networks on the IBM cloud, is a transformative step in being able to deploy high-speed, secure business transactions through the network on a large scale, the company said.

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Cybersecurity

Crafty Phishing Technique Can Trick Even Tech-Savvy Gmail Users

Gmail users recently have been targeted by a sophisticated series of phishing attacks that use emails from a known contact. The emails contain an image of an attachment that appears to be legitimate, according to Wordfence. The sophisticated attack displays “accounts.gmail.com” in the browser’s location bar and leads users to what appears to be a legitimate Google sign-in page.

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Tech Law

US Charges 2 Russian Intel Agents, 2 Hackers in Yahoo Case

The Justice Department has announced charges against four individuals, including two officers of Russia’s FSB, for carrying out a massive cyberbreach that affected about 500 million Yahoo account holders. A federal grand jury in Northern California charged the defendants — the FSB officials and two Russian cybercriminals — with using stolen data to gain illegal access to numerous accounts.

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Community

Linux Academy Rolls Out New Cloud-Based Training Platform

Linux Academy, an online training platform for the Linux OS and cloud computing, has announced a public beta rollout of its Cloud Assessments platform, designed to let large enterprise firms train and assess their IT workers and prospective job candidates. The academy offers training on a variety of cloud-based platforms, including Amazon Web Services, Open Stack, DevOps, Azure and others.

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Deals

Intel Bets $15.3B on Mobileye’s Self-Driving Car Tech

Intel has agreed to acquire Mobileye, a developer of autonomous vehicle technology, for $15.3 billion. Intel will integrate Mobileye’s computer vision and mapping technology for autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles into its Automated Driving Group, to be led by MobileEye CTO Amnon Shashua. Intel SVP Doug Davis will oversee engagement across various Intel groups, and report directly to Shashua.

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Tech Law

Despite Intense Scrutiny, Uber Lays Another Egg

Already under the microscope for claims of sexual harassment and questionable labor practices, Uber this week said it would ban the use of a controversial technology to block regulatory authorities from monitoring its operations. The company’s “greyballing” technology is designed to hide the standard city app view in specific cases — for example, from former riders blocked for being abusive.

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Deals

HPE to Buy One-Time Rising Star Nimble for $1B Cash

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has inked a deal to acquire flash storage firm Nimble Storage, once viewed as a darling of Wall Street, for $12.50 a share in cash, or $1 billion. HPE also agreed to assume or pay out Nimble Storage’s unvested equity awards, which are valued at $200 million. Upon completion of the deal, Nimble Storage will merge with a unit of HPE and become a subsidiary of the company.

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Wall Street

After Blowout IPO, Is Snap a Keeper?

Shares of Snapchat owner Snap Inc. soared higher on Friday, following Thursday’s successful initial public offering. After debuting at $17.00 on the New York Stock Exchange, Snap shares rose 44 percent to $24.48 on Thursday, well above analyst expectations, placing the company’s value at $28 billion. The stock continued to trend upward on Friday, trading at $27.16 by mid-day.

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Entertainment

YouTube Jumps into the Live TV Streaming Fray

YouTube has jumped headfirst into the growing market for live streaming television with the announcement of YouTube TV, a service aimed squarely at cord cutters. The $35-a-month service will offer live sitcoms, dramas, news and sports from ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, ESPN, CW, Telemundo and other networks. It will include local TV stations offering news and sports in broadcast areas where customers live.

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