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October 3, 2017, 1:35 AM

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Elliot Schrage / Facebook:
About 10M people saw Russian ads on Facebook, 44% of ads were seen before Nov. 8, 50% of ads were for $3 or less; for 99% of the ads, less than $1,000 was spent  —  What was in the ads you shared with Congress?  How many people saw them?  —  Most of the ads appear to focus on divisive social …
New York Times:
Sources: Russian efforts included FB pages named Secured Borders, LGBT United, Defend the 2nd, alongside formerly reported fake Blacktivist and Muslim accounts  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Russians who posed as Americans on Facebook last year tried on quite an array of disguises.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Cale Guthrie Weissman / Fast Company:
Facebook's Safety Check page for Las Vegas shooting promoted sites giving misinformation like Alt-Right News and End Times Headlines; Google highlighted 4Chan  —  In the wake of the deadly shooting in Las Vegas last night that left more than 50 dead and hundreds injured …
Evan Blass / VentureBeat:
Alleged renders of Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL leak, showing dual front facing speakers, redesigned launcher with a Google search bar above navigation buttons  —  EXCLUSIVE:  —  Unlike Apple, Google tends to hold just a single major hardware launch per year — and just like last year's event, this one will also be held on October 4.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft discontinues Groove Music Pass service, effective December 31, partners with Spotify, which it will recommend to Windows users instead  —  Microsoft rebranded Xbox Music to Groove Music two years ago, in a bid to make its music streaming service more relevant to consumers.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Ring debuts Protect, a $199 home security system that includes base station, keypad, contact sensor, motion detector, and range extender, launching late October  —  It's clearly the season for home security systems, with Ring launching Ring Protect with the promise of 24/7 monitoring and easy installation.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook brings data-saving Messenger Lite beyond developing markets to the Google Play Store in US, Canada, UK, and Ireland, has no plans for iOS version  —  Facebook's data-conserving version of Messenger is no longer just for developing nations with slow networks.
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:
Uber's Otto due diligence report has been made public as part of Uber v. Waymo lawsuit today  —  Alphabet had been fighting to get ahold of this document for months over the course of its litigation against Uber.  —  A report that Alphabet wants to use in its lawsuit against Uber was made public today.
More: Gizmodo and Axios
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snapchat to launch AR art platform in partnership with pop artist Jeff Koons on Tuesday that allows art objects to be pinned to specific locations  —  Snapchat plans to launch a new augmented reality art platform featuring pop artist Jeff Koons and others.  It will allow art to be pinned …
Lucy Handley / CNBC:
Bumble, a women-first dating app with 21M users, launches Bumble Bizz mode for professional networking in US, Canada, UK, France, and Germany  —  Would you use the same app to find a new job as well as a potential life partner?  Bumble, the mobile dating app that has more than 21 million users around …

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