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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Instagram now autoplays video sound once turned on until you close the app  —  Autoplay audio can be annoying or convenient depending on the situation.  Luckily Instagram has found a happy medium between defaulting autoplay video sound on or off.  —  This weekend TechCrunch spotted …

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Troy Hunt: Face ID has upsides and downsides on both security and usability and isn't less secure than a PIN or Touch ID in practice  —  I was wondering recently after poring through yet another data breach how many people actually use multi-step verification.  I mean here we have a construct …

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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch: Interview about Face ID with Apple's SVP of software engineering Craig Federighi, who says no data from Face ID is sent to the cloud  —  Face ID is easily the most hot-button topic to come out of Apple's iPhone event this week, notch be damned.  As people have parsed just how serious Apple is about it …

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Dylan Byers / CNNMoney: Source: Facebook handed over data on Russian ad buys to special counsel Mueller under search warrant, including ad copies, targeting info, and account details  —  What $100,000 can buy you on Facebook  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team are now in possession of Russian-linked ads run …

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Business Insider: Social Capital and Hedosophia raised $600M in IPO for holding company they say will invest in late-stage startups to help them avoid IPO process  —  - Chamath Palihapitiya, a “Midas touch” investor, has raised $600 million in the initial public offering for his new firm, Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings.

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Lucia Moses / Digiday: Washington Post's automated Heliograf tool has written ~850 stories in one year, including 500 on 2016 election that got 500K+ clicks  —  It's been a year since The Washington Post started using its homegrown artificial intelligence technology, Heliograf, to spit out around 300 short reports and alerts on the Rio Olympics.

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Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed: Users' reactions to “disputed” labels on Facebook are largely irrelevant as those labels are more about reducing reach of false stories and training algorithms  —  When it comes to Facebook's effort to stop the flow of misinformation on its platform, the labels can be misleading …

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Wall Street Journal: Sources: Facebook gave special counsel Robert Mueller data on Russian ad buys including copies of ads and account info, withheld same details from Congress  —  Social-media company shared copies of ads and account information, people familiar with the matter said

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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac: New App Store guidelines crack down on iOS “virus scanners”, require Face ID unlock alternatives for kids under 13, allow P2P cash gifts without Apple's 30% cut  —  Apple has updated its developer app review guidelines for the iPhone and iPad App Store this week with new clauses addressing …

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AnnaMaria Andriotis / Wall Street Journal: Equifax announces its Chief Security Officer Susan Mauldin and Chief Information Officer David Webb are retiring effective immediately  —  The departures of the company's chief information officer and chief security officer come in the wake of a massive data breach

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Todd Spangler / Variety: Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins says the streaming service will spend ~$2.5B on original content in 2017, less than half of the $6B Netflix says it's spending this year  —  Hulu is spending a bundle on programming this year: Its content budget for 2017 is around $2.5 billion, CEO Mike Hopkins said Thursday.

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Mark Harris / IEEE Spectrum: Google has spent $1.1B on its self-driving car project since its inception in 2009 through 2015, Waymo employee's deposition in Uber trial implies  —  Google has never publicly shared how much it spends on its self-driving cars.  At first, Project Chauffeur was hidden away in Google's ultra-secret X moonshot program.

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Brian Patrick Byrne / The Daily Beast: Twitter also allows advertisers to target users based on racist and derogatory terms like the N-word and “Nazi”  —  Twitter's advertising platform tells prospective customers it has 26.3 million users interested in the derogatory term “wetback,” 18.6 million accounts that are likely …

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Robert Hackett / Fortune: Live-streaming video chat service YouNow to launch new Rize app that will use Ethereum based tokens, called “Props”, to incentivize community members  —  Another well-established social media startup is going all in on cryptocurrency.  —  For the past year, the makers …

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Micah Singleton / The Verge: Online radio service Slacker Radio acquired for $50M by LiveXLive, a streaming service focused on live music  —  The online radio service Slacker Radio has been acquired by LiveXLive, a music streaming service focused on live music streaming, the company announced today.

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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed: Google allowed advertisers to target racist and bigoted keywords, suggested more similar keywords, and allowed campaigns using those keywords to run  —  Google prompted BuzzFeed News to run ads targeted to keywords like “black people ruin neighborhoods,” then allowed the campaign to go live.

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Yasha Levine / The Baffler: Interview with Pavel Durov, Telegram creator, on US government-funded secure messaging apps, privacy, and the FBI's attempt to bribe his team into being moles  —  How the politics-by-app hustle conquered all  —  IT'S 7:30 P.M. ON A MONDAY in June at an undisclosed location somewhere in northern Europe.

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Hamza Shaban / Washington Post: Gab.ai sues Google for removing Gab's app from Play Store, says Google violated federal antitrust laws  —  The alternative social media site Gab.ai is alleging that Google violated federal antitrust laws when the tech giant booted it from the Google Play Store, according to a new lawsuit filed by the company on Thursday.

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Brenda Goh / Reuters: Source: Beijing city regulator told bitcoin exchanges to inform users about trading halt; OkCoin, Huobi, others say they will comply and stop trading by Oct 31  —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have ordered Beijing-based cryptocurrency exchanges to cease trading and immediately notify users …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Chrome will no longer autoplay videos with sound starting from January 2018  —  Google today announced Chrome is going to war with autoplay.  Starting next year, Chrome will only autoplay a given piece of content when the media won't play sound or the user has indicated an interest in the media.

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Haley Britzky / Axios: SoFi CEO Mike Cagney resigns effective immediately, Executive Chairman Tom Hutton is named interim CEO  —  SoFi said today in a press release that Executive Chairman Tom Hutton would be assuming responsibilities of Interim CEO, after the Board accepted co-founder Mike Cageny's resignation effective immediately.

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Tuomas Forsell / Reuters: Angry Birds maker Rovio sets price range for IPO at €10.25-11.50 per share, which would value the company between €802-896M, or $955.34M - $1.07B  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish mobile games and animation studio Rovio Entertainment Ltd on Friday set the initial price range …

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Daniel Terdiman / Fast Company: Facebook opens an AI lab in Montreal led by Joelle Pineau, an AI expert at McGill University; Facebook has a total of 100+ people dedicated to AI research  —  Between the new AI lab and others in Silicon Valley, New York, and Paris, Facebook will have a total of 100 people dedicated to AI research.

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Facebook: Facebook says it's temporarily removing self-reported ad targeting fields and will improve its processes following uproar over anti-Semitic targeting options  —  Facebook equips businesses with powerful ways to reach the right people with the right message.  But there are restrictions on how audience targeting can be used on Facebook.

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Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch: Twitch co-founder Justin Kan launches Atrium LTS, a software platform for legal services, which is currently used by law firm Atrium to serve 30 startups  —  Justin Kan, co-founder of startups like Twitch.tv and Exec, is pulling the curtains off his new tech platform for law firms, Legal Technology Services.

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