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October 21, 2016, 6:20 PM

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William Turton / Gizmodo:
DNS provider Dyn is investigating and mitigating a third wave of DDoS attacks causing widespread outages across many popular sites in the US and Europe  —  Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and a huge swath of other websites were down or screwed up this morning.
Anya George Tharakan / Reuters:
Sources: AT&T in advanced talks to acquire Time Warner; announcement could come as early as Monday  —  AT&T Inc (T.N) is in advanced talks to acquire media conglomerate Time Warner Inc (TWX.N), and a deal could come as early as this weekend, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook plans to show more images and stories with graphic content, including violence and nudity, if they're “newsworthy, significant or of public interest”  —  Facebook will soon display more graphic content including violence and nudity that would normally violate its policies …
Julia Angwin / ProPublica:
Google updated its privacy policy this summer, letting Google combine personal info from Gmail and other tools with DoubleClick browsing data to target ads  —  When Google bought the advertising network DoubleClick in 2007, Google founder Sergey Brin said that privacy would be the company's …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers find serious nine-year old privilege-escalation bug in Linux kernel, official patch released this week  —  Lurking in the kernel for nine years, flaw gives untrusted users unfettered root access.  —  A serious vulnerability that has been present for nine years in virtually …
Avery Hartmans / Business Insider:
New York governor signs bill banning shorter than 30-day rental unit listings on sites like Airbnb when tenant is not present; Airbnb sues to block the law  —  Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill that could deal a blow to Airbnb's operations in New York State.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
App Annie: China overtakes the US in iOS App Store revenue, ending a six year run at the top  —  China has now overtaken the U.S. to become the largest market in the world for App Store revenue, according to a new report out this morning from app intelligence firm App Annie.
Marco della Cava / USA Today:
Microsoft shares hit all-time high above $60 on Friday, past $58.72 mark set in December 1999  —  Microsoft shares surged 5% in early trading, on track to pass a high set in 1999, helped by enthusiasm for progress in its cloud business.  —  The stock was up 5% at $60.30, poised to breeze past the $58.72 mark set in December 1999.
Tim Nudd / Adweek:
Facebook Launches a Big Ad Campaign for Facebook Live, With User Videos at the Core  —  Facebook Live is a big, important product for the world's biggest social network.  But up to now, many users still don't really know what Live is, or how to use it.  Or they might be intimidated by live broadcasting, and reluctant to try it out.
Anton Shilov / AnandTech:
Kodak announces the Bullitt-designed Ektra Android smartphone with 5-inch FHD display, 21 MP camera, USB-C, priced at €499, available in Europe later this year  —  Eastman Kodak and the Bullitt Group on Thursday introduced the Ektra smartphone, which will be the first mainstream handset carrying the Kodak brand.

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