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For your Nothing is Safe files: Users of online anonymizer service Tor may have been unmasked. Researchers say USB devices such as keyboards, mice and thumb drives can be used to install hard-to-detect spyware. And remote access is allowing hackers to break into computer systems of retailers and other businesses.

The Information reports that Apple probably won’t launch Apple TV this year, with the company supposedly telling its engineers to expect a 2015 launch instead.

Speaking of Apple, it reportedly will cut 200 jobs at Beats Electronics, which it has bought.

Speaking of job cuts, the computer industry — think Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft — leads in job cuts so far this year, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Next European antitrust look at Google: the deals it strikes with Android device makers, which involve preloaded services.

Palantir buys Poptip, a startup that analyzes data from Twitter. And another purchase by the software company that’s been described as secretive: San Francisco-based Propeller, which allows people to create apps.

Verizon, you’ve got some explaining to do: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler calls it “disturbing” that Verizon plans to slow Internet speeds for some subscribers to its unlimited data plan.

Westboro Baptist Church plans to protest at Silicon Valley tech companies on Aug. 12.

An app called Eaze, based in San Francisco, is being called the Uber of marijuana. Its delivery people are called “caregivers.”


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