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Trump denies sedition, Facebook undermines ad-block, anti-American fever in Turkey: ICYMI

Important news you may have missed on Tuesday, Aug. 9.


Dell Cameron


Published Aug 9, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 7:19 am CDT

Here’s some news you may have missed:

Donald Trump is under fire for saying the Second Amendment’s survival might require the assassination of one or more government officials if Hillary Clinton wins the election

The federal government is notoriously bad at tracking fatal incidents involving state and local law enforcement. Two years after events in Ferguson, Missouri, drew national attention to the problem, the DOJ is finally doing something about it.

Newspapers in Turkey are awash in anti-American conspiracy theories, most of which are easy to dispel.

A former Fox News source says rampant internal rumors about Roger Ailes—widely discussed, but, as of yet, unsubstantiated by any network employees—included office wiretapping and the use of “CIA-level” surveillance software.

Custom SIM cards that enable tracking may soon be mandatory for foreigners in Thailand. This is unlikely to go over well with the nation’s massive tourism industry.

This may come as no surprise, but your Android device is chock-full of apps that don’t need permission to track your every move.

Facebook is going to bypass ad-blockers by making ads indistinguishable from user posts. Adblock, the company, argues by doing so, Facebook is representing brands “in a very forceful, negative light.”

Our coverage of the Olympic Games continues: Meet the breakout star of Rio 2016; a fencer stopped to pick up his phone in the middle of a match; a Brazilian rugby player was the first athlete to accept a marriage proposal this year; and one swimmer’s pre-dive ritual includes giving his dad the finger. (Presumably, there are various athletic competitions going on there as well.)

When you realize it’s not even Wednesday yet.

CEO John Hanke of Niantic Labs, the software developer behind the immensely popular Pokémon Go game, is still living down a privacy scandal from his days at Google. —via the Intercept

These pollsters would like to take a minute to emphasize just how badly this election is going for Trump. (Apparently you’re just not getting it.) —via FiveThirtyEight

The father of the Orlando shooter—Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at a gay nightclub on June 12—was reportedly spotted in the crowd at a Hillary Clinton rally. —via WPTV

It’s a computer virus, the creation of which has been compared to the atomic bomb. This is the history of Stuxnet. —via Motherboard

It takes a village to raise a champion: Meet Michael Phelps’s entourage.—via the Ringer

Eight out of 10 executives acknowledge their companies were hacked. Yet, less than half say they invested in security this year. What? —via CSO

Forty-one percent of Trump supporters in North Carolina think Hillary Clinton is literally the devil, or so they say. —via Fusion

Sen. Elizabeth Warren had a few choice phrases for Trump after he suggested gun owners might take things into their own hands. Among other words, she called the Republican candidate a “pathetic coward” who is also a “two-bit dictator.” —via Mic

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*First Published: Aug 9, 2016, 9:30 pm CDT