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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: Equifax blames Apache Struts vulnerability that was patched on March 6 for the massive data breach that it says happened in mid-May  —  Critical Apache Struts bug was fixed in March.  In May, it bit ~143 million US consumers.  —  The Equifax breach that exposed sensitive data …

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Scott Scrivens / Android Police: Google video and billboard suggest launch of next Pixel phone on October 4, the same day it unveiled the first Pixel phone last year  —  Rumors up to now have led us to believe the event to announce this year's Pixels phones would be on October 5th.  It made sense, being just a day after last year's keynote on October 4th.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Samsung launches $300M Samsung Automotive Innovation Fund for autonomous tech, invests $90M into TTTech, a safety software developer for autonomous systems  —  Not to be outpaced in the connected car market by other tech giants, today the world's largest smartphone maker, Samsung …

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Dan Primack / Axios: Sources: FanDuel raising between $30M and $40M in new financing from existing investors; deal will be structured as a convertible note  —  Fantasy sports site FanDuel is in the process of raising between $30 million and $40 million in new financing from existing investors, Axios has learned.

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Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed: Filing: prosecutors say Facebook gag order, preventing it from notifying users about search warrants for DC case, is no longer needed  —  Federal prosecutors are dropping their demand that Facebook be barred from alerting users about search warrants for information about their accounts, according to a new court filing on Wednesday.

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Bloomberg: Sources: Magic Leap seeks $500M+ for ~$6B valuation with Singapore firm Temasek mulling investment; company hopes to ship headset within 6 months for $1.5K-$2K  —  Wearable computing startup closes in on $6 billion valuation  —  Device set to ship in six months, be priced more than $1,500

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Jon Fingas / Engadget: Apple increases AppleCare+ costs for Plus iPhones from $129 to $149, and iPhone X to $199  —  Are you eyeing a larger-screened iPhone, like the iPhone X or 8 Plus?  Unfortunately, it'll cost you extra to extend the warranty.  Apple has quietly raised the price of AppleCare+ coverage for bigger iPhones …

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Bloomberg: Sources: Apple in talks to invest $3B in Bain Capital's bid for Toshiba's memory chip business, adding to financial support from Dell, Seagate, and SK Hynix  —  Apple Inc. is playing the role of kingmaker in the contentious battle for Toshiba Corp.'s memory chips business.

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security: Equifax employee portal in Argentina listed 14K names, social security number-like DNIs of customers in plain text until notified by security researchers today  —  Equifax last week disclosed a historic breach involving Social Security numbers and other sensitive data on as many as 143 million Americans.

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Steven Levy / Wired: Profile of CTRL-Labs and its Brain-Machine Interface, currently in the form of an armband that lets people type without a keyboard  —  Thomas Reardon puts a terrycloth stretch band with microchips and electrodes woven into the fabric—a steampunk version of jewelry—on each of his forearms.

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Bloomberg: President Trump blocks $1.3B sale of Lattice Semiconductor to China-backed private equity fund Canyon Bridge, citing national security  —  Fourth presidential block of foreign takeover in last 27 years  —  Order adds to string of failed Chinese deals for U.S. firms

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Ali Montag / CNBC: Computer vision-powered kiosk startup Bodega faces huge internet backlash after Fast Company article says it “wants to make mom-and-pop corner stores obsolete”  —  For two former Google employees, the launch of their new app may not have gone exactly as planned.

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Casey Michel / Extra: A deep look at Heart of Texas, a Russia-linked Facebook group that promoted Texas succession and had 225K+ members before being taken down in summer of 2017  —  When is a Texan not a Texan?  —  Earlier this week, Facebook announced that they had shuttered almost 500 accounts they believe …

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Peter Bright / Ars Technica: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will require third-party apps ask permission to access camera and other sensitive information or hardware  —  Microsoft is continuing to tinker with the privacy configuration and options in Windows 10, with the Fall Creators Update, due for release on October 17 …

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Dustin Volz / Reuters: Trump administration issues directive giving agencies 90 days to discontinue use of Kaspersky software, citing concerns about ties to Russian government  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Wednesday told U.S. government agencies to remove Kaspersky Lab products …

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Atlassian's Trello, a popular productivity tool, finally launches Mac and Windows apps  —  It's only taken six years, but the popular project management tool Trello — which was recently acquired by Atlassian — today launched its desktop apps for Mac, with the Windows app launching tomorrow.

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Francesco Guarascio / Reuters: Report from lawmaker leading EU corporate tax reform details how big online businesses minimize EU tax bills, with Facebook and Google paying well under 1% tax  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union states could have lost 5.4 billion euros in tax revenues from Google and Facebook between 2013 and 2015 …

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / ZDNet: Oracle will work with IBM and Red Hat to move Java Enterprise Edition to open source, using Eclipse Foundation  —  Oracle confirms it's spinning Java EE to an open-source foundation with IBM and Red Hat's support.  —  Oracle is continuing to free up Java Enterprise Edition (EE) …

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Juli Clover / MacRumors: Apple's iPhone 8 and X can charge to 50% in 30 minutes when plugged into USB-C power adapter  —  Though not mentioned on stage at today's event, both the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 are “fast-charge capable,” which means the two devices can be charged to 50 percent battery life in 30 minutes.

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Shannon Liao / The Verge: DoNotPay chatbot, mainly known for aiding with parking tickets, now helps you fill out forms to sue Equifax without a lawyer, for up to $25K in some states  —  Equifax's security failure affected 143 million US consumers, or 44 percent of the US population.

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Tom Krazit / GeekWire: Heptio, founded by Kubernetes founders, raises $25M Series B led by existing investor Madrona Venture Group  —  The founders of Heptio knew they were onto something big when they developed Kubernetes, the open-source container-orchestration product based on Google's internal infrastructure.

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Matthew Hughes / The Next Web: Facebook releases its Bonfire group video chat app on the Danish iOS App Store; app allows sharing of pictures from chats to Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger  —  Bonfire, Facebook's group video chat app, has sprung up on the Danish iOS App Store, suggesting the social media giant is slowly rolling it out to customers.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Facebook releases guidelines on ad content, prohibits monetization of violence, porn, drugs, hate, debated social issues, and other content types  —  Facebook wants content creators to earn money, but not at the expense of the family-friendly social network it's built, or the integrity of its advertising clients.

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Jason Schwartz / Politico: Yale study: a “disputed” tag has only a tiny impact on perception of headlines on Facebook as being true or false; Facebook questions methodology  —  A Yale survey of 7,500 people shows little benefit, and possible detriments, to fact-check programs.

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Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal: Apple has signed deals to sell movies in 4K with every major Hollywood studio, except Disney  —  Apple TV will offer Hollywood movies in the high-resolution format, called either 4K or UHD, for ultra-high definition  —  Apple Inc. AAPL -.40% has signed new deals to sell movies …

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