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Bruce Brown / Digital Trends: Amazon's Echo Wall Clock, which connects to nearby Echo devices over Bluetooth to track and display timers via LEDs around its rim, is now available for $29.99  —  After you've set an Alexa timer do you ask, “Alexa, how much time is left on the timer?” several times while it's running?

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Peter Cao / 9to5Mac: The Cydia Store, an app store for jailbroken iOS devices, is shutting down; its creator says it was losing money and he doesn't want to maintain it  —  After many years of being available to users as a way to fully customize the operating system, the Cydia Store (which was only available to jailbroken devices) is today shutting down.

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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch: Propel raises $12.8M Series A from a16z, Kleiner Perkins, Omidyar, others for its Fresh EBT app to check food stamp/SNAP balances and find stores to use them  —  Propel, maker of the Fresh EBT app for managing food stamps and other benefits, announced today that it has raised $12.8 million in Series A funding.

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Rhett Jones / Gizmodo: Report: Cloudflare has foreign terrorist organizations as customers, possibly violating US laws; Cloudflare says it works with US to meet legal obligations  —  At a moment when free speech online and moderation policies are more controversial than ever, Cloudflare is facing accusations …

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Wall Street Journal: LA-based Brud, which sources say raised $6M+, aims to turn CGI-based characters into social media celebrities, like Miquela, who has 1.5M Instagram followers  —  ‘Lil Miquela’ tests power of fabricated social-media celebrity, and investor interest in fake characters

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Nick Statt / The Verge: Report: Facebook renamed Building 8, its hardware skunkworks lab, to Portal after the device launched, moved more experimental projects to Facebook Reality Labs  —  The hardware group is now focused on Portal and other projects, while far-off ideas are part of Reality Labs

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Mark Bergen / Bloomberg: How Huawei is pushing China's grand tech ambitions forward with a secretive enterprise unit that is estimated to net $10B+ in revenue this year  —  - Secretive enterprise unit carries on undistracted by U.S. rift  — Services for internet, cloud to net $10 billion this year

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Forbes: GE to spin out its industrial IoT software business into a separate company with $1.2B in revenue, sell 90% of ServiceMax to Silver Lake for an undisclosed sum  —  By Nigel Fenwick, Vice President, Principal Analyst; Frank Gillett, Vice President, Principal Analyst; Michele Pelino, Principal Analyst; Paul Miller, Senior Analyst

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Alex Sherman / CNBC: Sources: private equity firm Thoma Bravo is in early talks to acquire McAfee from TPG and Intel for a “significant premium” on McAfee's 2016 valuation of $4.2B  —  - Private equity firm Thoma Bravo is in early talks to acquire all of McAfee from TPG and Intel, sources say.

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Reuters: Sources: T-Mobile and Sprint expect prompt merger approval from CFIUS after SoftBank, Deutsche Telekom agree to consider curbing the use of Huawei's equipment  —  WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp expect their merger to be approved by a U.S. national security panel …

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Romain Dillet / TechCrunch: Revolut gets European banking license via the Bank of Lithuania, which will allow it offer services like current accounts and non-prepaid debit cards across EU  —  Fintech startup Revolut is now officially a bank.  While the startup initially expected to get its European banking license during …

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Bernadette Tansey / Xconomy: Udacity, which has 10M+ registered users from 160+ countries, says 50,000 students have graduated from its nanodegree programs that cost between $1K and $2.4K  —  Bernadette Tansey  —  Udacity, a pioneer in the online teaching of IT skills, is celebrating a milestone today …

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Mary Ann Azevedo / Crunchbase News: Faire, an online wholesale marketplace for local retailers, raises $40M Series B and $60M Series C at a valuation of $535M, bringing the total raised to $116M  —  In a world where retailers big and small struggle to compete with Amazon, a startup that is working to help local players stay in the game just raised $100 million.

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Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times: Irish Data Protection Commission says that this week it has opened a broad investigation into Facebook's GDPR compliance in light of numerous data breaches  —  Facebook is facing a broad investigation from the Irish data regulator into the high number of data breaches this year …

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Julie Verhage / Bloomberg: SIPC, which insures money in brokerage accounts, disputes Robinhood's claims that funds in newly launched checking and savings accounts is protected by the SIPC  —  The Securities Investor Protection Corp. said a new checking account from Robinhood Financial LLC raises red flags …

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Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat: Discord says its PC game store will offer a 90/10 revenue split when it opens for all game developers in 2019  —  The video game industry is witnessing the death of the standard revenue split for distribution platforms.  For years, stores like Steam have taken 30 percent of every sale.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Facebook says that between Sept. 13 and Sept. 25 a bug in a photo API gave app developers access to photos that were uploaded but never shared by ~6.8M users  —  Reset the “days since the last Facebook privacy scandal” counter, as a Facebook has just revealed a Photo API bug gave app developers …

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Scott Scrivens / Android Police: Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 8 Pro review: great camera, performance, and value for money but MIUI has many quirks and the in-display fingerprint scanner is inconsistent  —  Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is a jack of all trades.  It makes a variety of connected gadgets, including TVs, toothbrushes, scooters, and even kettles.

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Nick Statt / The Verge: Facebook adds a custom-built browser and support for its Instant Games platform to its Portal devices  —  Making its dedicated video chat screen more interactive  —  A new update out today for Facebook's Portal devices adds some much-needed features to the dedicated video chat screens.

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Wall Street Journal: US officials and experts say Chinese hackers are breaching US Navy contractors to steal sensitive information about advanced military technology  —  Intruders gain access to sensitive information about advanced military technology through vulnerable contractors, subcontractors

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Eduard Kovacs / SecurityWeek: Italian energy company Saipem was hit by a new variant of the notorious Shamoon disk-wiping malware, which attacked Saudi Arabian oil giant Aramco in 2012  —  Italian oil and gas services company Saipem has confirmed that its systems were hit recently by a new variant of the notorious Shamoon malware.

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Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch: Twitter says global government demands for data about users or takedowns of posts increased by 80% in the first half of 2018, with ~87% from Turkey and Russia  —  Twitter says the number of government demands for data on its users has shot up in the past year.

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Rani Molla / Recode: A visual look at the biggest tech trends of 2018: sentiment toward Amazon's HQ2 search, the plateau of social media use, Facebook's trust betrayals, more  —  Here's a visual look back at the year.  —  There's been a lot to keep track of this year.  We've endured disasters both natural and manmade …

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Kate Clark / TechCrunch: Amsterdam-based e-scooter startup Dott, founded by former Ofo exec Maxim Romain, raises €20M led by EQT Ventures and Naspers  —  The funding extravaganza may be approaching its end for scooter “unicorns” Lime and Bird, but smaller startups in the micro-mobility space have continued …

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Cecilia D'Anastasio / Kotaku: Wiki site Fandom says it will acquire Curse Media, which runs gaming wiki site Gamepedia, from Twitch, which bought Curse Media parent Curse in Aug. 2016  —  Wiki site Fandom announced yesterday that they will acquire Curse Media, which runs gaming wiki site Gamepedia, from Twitch.

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