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September 13, 2017, 11:35 AM

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Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Google, Facebook, and Amazon are on a dangerous collision course with political power in the US  —  The bad new politics of big tech.  —  BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief  —  The blinding rise of Donald Trump over the past year has masked another major trend in American politics: the palpable …
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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
iPhone X hands-on: FaceID feels natural and quicker than other smartphones' face unlock methods, gestures work well, 1125x2436 Super Retina display is brilliant  —  It's all about that screen  —  We just got a quick chance to hold the iPhone X, Apple's new flagship phone arriving later this year.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
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Kurt Wagner / Recode:
WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton says he's leaving after eight years, and will start a nonprofit at “the intersection of nonprofit, technology and communications”  —  Acton has a net worth of $6.5 billion.  —  WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is leaving the company to start his own non-profit.
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.
New York Times:
30 current and former SoFi employees describe years of misconduct by executives including CEO Mike Cagney and a rancorous workplace environment  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For months, the text messages came.  Some were flirtatious, asking her to meet him late at night.  Sometimes, the texts were sexually explicit.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus: 6-core A11 “Bionic” SOC with Apple-designed GPU, glass back, Retina HD True Tone display, 12MP cameras, Qi wireless charging  —  Apple just unveiled the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus at its press event.  It looks a lot like the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but with a glass back.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
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.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple releases iTunes 12.7, with focus on music, movies, TV, and podcasts, and removes built-in App Store; apps can now only be downloaded using an iOS device  —  In a day filled with surprises, Apple has shocked us once again with the release of iTunes 12.7, which entirely revamps the iTunes App.

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Microsoft:
Celebrating completion of the most advanced subsea cable across the Atlantic  —  Microsoft, Facebook and Telxius create 4,000-mile-long data connection between U.S. and Spain.
eero:
Which state has the fastest internet speed?  —  Here's a list of WiFi speeds across the country.  Where does your state rank?
Zoho:
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