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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica: Research covering two states, Missouri and Virginia, finds ~38% of rural homes and businesses that the FCC counts as having broadband access actually do not  —  The FCC likely counts millions of unserved homes as having broadband.  —  A new broadband mapping system is starting to show …

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security: Sources: new data dump of 5.3M+ credit card accounts is linked to compromised gas pumps, coffee shops, and restaurants operated by Hy-Vee supermarket chain  —  On Tuesday of this week, one of the more popular underground stores peddling credit and debit card data stolen from hacked merchants announced …

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Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: As Microsoft moves Lynda.com users to LinkedIn Learning, libraries protest the requirement for patrons to create a LinkedIn profile, citing privacy concerns  —  As students and faculty return to school, many are discovering Lynda.com content is now only offered via LinkedIn Learning.

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Alison Frankel / Reuters: Oracle board committee recommends court to proceed with the shareholder lawsuit against Larry Ellison and Safra Catz over the $9.3B NetSuite acquisition in 2016  —  (Reuters) - Shareholder derivative suits exist because corporate directors can't always be trusted to put aside their own interests …

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Manish Singh / TechCrunch: Amazon buys 49% stake in Future Coupons, which, filings show, may be worth ~$104M, and would give Amazon 3.58% stake in India's No. 2 retail chain Future Retail  —  Amazon, which has invested more than $6 billion in India's growing internet market, just invested a little more as it moves …

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Lauren Feiner / CNBC: HP says its CEO Dion Weisler will step down and Enrique Lores, president of HP's imaging, printing, and solutions business, will become new CEO from November 1  —  KEY POINTS  — HP CEO Dion Weisler will step down from the company “due to a family health matter,” HP announced Thursday.

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Joseph Cox / VICE: Cities are paying companies like Host Compliance to be “Airbnb Police” and find real addresses of vacation rentals to enforce short term rental legislation  —  In response to a need to enforce short term rental legislation, an industry of companies has popped up tasked with finding …

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BBC: Microsoft says it stopped listening to Xbox recordings to improve tech months ago, but at times reviews recordings between users on reports of TOS violations  —  Microsoft has said that it will stop listening in to Xbox users, saying it was “no longer necessary”.

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Jennifer Elias / CNBC: Google says it has shut down 210 YouTube channels after it found they had been tied to misinformation about Hong Kong protesters  —  KEY POINTS  — In a blog post Thursday, Google said it axed more than 200 YouTube channels due to misinformation around Hong Kong protests.

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Nick Statt / The Verge: DoorDash announces a new tipping policy that will let drivers keep 100% of tips, rolling out next month, and pledges to bump up base pay across the board  —  The changes are arriving a month after DoorDash's CEO promised to address the issue  —  DoorDash today announced more concrete details …

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Martin Selsoe Sorensen / New York Times: Flaws in cellphone tracking data used in Denmark, which may have linked innocent people to crime scenes, prompt a review of 10K+ court cases dating back to 2012  —  COPENHAGEN — The authorities in Denmark say they plan to review over 10,000 court verdicts because of errors in cellphone tracking data offered as evidence.

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Jordan Novet / CNBC: VMWare to acquire cybersecurity company Carbon Black for $2.1B and Pivotal for $2.7B  —  KEY POINTS  — VMware is acquiring Carbon Black, a cybersecurity company that went public in 2018, the companies announce as part of VMware's quarterly earnings report.

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CNBC: Salesforce beats with Q2 revenue of $4B, up 22% YoY, vs. $3.95B est. and Sales Cloud revenue of $1.13B, up 13% YoY; stock up 6%+ after hours  —  KEY POINTS  — Salesforce released its first earnings report since its $15.3 billion acquisition of Tableau Software, the company's largest deal ever.

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Nitasha Tiku / Wired: Girls Who Code study of 1,000 young women highlights the challenges faced when seeking internships, often an unpleasant experience in a male-dominated workplace  —  IN 2018, MEI'LANI Eyre, an 18-year-old computer science student at Cascadia College in Washington state, was in the middle …

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Johana Bhuiyan / Los Angeles Times: Amazon says it will no longer use tips or supplemental earnings to cover promised wages of Flex drivers, who deliver for Prime Now, Fresh, and Whole Foods  —  Amazon delivery drivers were surprised to learn earlier this year that the e-commerce giant would at times dip into their tips to cover their promised wages.

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Brian Fung / CNN: Sources: FCC and FTC officials raised concerns about the constitutionality and scope of a Trump draft executive order on CDA Section 230 and alleged censorship  —  (CNN)Officials from the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission have expressed serious concerns …

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Wall Street Journal: Sources: News Corp is developing a news-aggregation service called Knewz, to address publisher concerns about Google and Facebook  —  Knewz.com will surface articles from hundreds of news sources, using software and human curation  —  News Corp is developing a news-aggregation service meant …

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Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet: Valve patches recent Steam 0-days, calls turning away researcher who found them “a mistake”, and updates bug bounty program to start accepting “LPE"-class bugs  —  Valve also updates bug bounty rules to prevent similar incidents from happening again.

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Thomas Brewster / Forbes: Despite a legally mandated ban enacted last year, ~2,000 Chinese surveillance cameras from Hikvision and Dahua remain active in US government networks  —  You'd have thought the U.S. government would be moving fast to kick Chinese surveillance tech out of the country.

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Washington Post: Palantir's revenue from US government contracts under Trump surpassed its total under Obama's second term, as sources describe staff debates about work with ICE  —  After Google dropped a defense contract over employee pressure, Palantir's leaders doubled down on controversial work with the U.S. government

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Jennifer Elias / CNBC: Krishna Bharat, who led the team that built Google News, returns to the company as a distinguished research scientist after a four-year hiatus  —  KEY POINTS  —  Pedestrians walk past Google headquarters in New York.  —  Krishna Bharat, the inventor of Google News, has returned to the company …

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ProPublica: Interviews with 36+ DOD and tech officials shed light on tech giants' fight for $10B Pentagon JEDI cloud contract using backdoor lobbying and an advisory board  —  Tech moguls like Jeff Bezos and Eric Schmidt have gotten unprecedented access to the Pentagon.  And one whistleblower who raised flags has paid the price.

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Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch: DOJ says it has indicted 80 individuals, many based in Nigeria, as part of a massive business email scam and money laundering scheme  —  The Justice Department have indicted dozens of individuals accused of their involvement in a massive business email scam and money laundering scheme.

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Tony Romm / Washington Post: AT&T, Comcast, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, and seven other US carriers announce an agreement with 51 attorneys general to implement new tech to block robocalls  —  Twelve of the country's largest telephone companies on Thursday pledged to implement new technology to spot and block robocalls …

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Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge: Bose announces the $349 Portable Home Speaker with WiFi and Bluetooth and support for Google Assistant, Alexa, AirPlay 2, and Spotify Connect  —  Preempting Sonos' leaked Move speaker announcement next week  —  Bose just announced a surprise product: the Portable Home Speaker …

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