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October 5, 2016, 4:25 AM

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Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Sources: Yahoo built system in 2015 to scan users' emails for specific string for US intel, which led to Alex Stamos resigning and noting privacy flaw in system  —  Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers' incoming emails for specific information provided …
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Government directive to Yahoo likely asked for warrantless scanning of all domestic comms; EFF lawyer says 4th Amendment implications are staggering  —  There's no good reason to have a Yahoo account these days.  But after Tuesday's bombshell report by Reuters, indicating the enormous …
David Cardinal / DxOMark:
DxOMark gives the Google Pixel's camera a score of 89, the highest ever and three points above the iPhone 7  —  Mobile Review  —  Overview  —  With an overall DxOMark Mobile score of 89, pixel, the latest Google smartphone, is the highest-rated smartphone camera we have ever tested.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Google debuts 5" Pixel, 5.5" Pixel XL phones with integrated Google Assistant, 12.3MP f/2.0 camera, background Android updates, quick charge, no OIS for photos  —  The future of Android is here  —  Following an absolute deluge of pre-event leaks and revelations, Google's new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are now finally official.
Brian Rakowski / The Keyword:
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Google says it has “no plans” for more Nexus-branded products  —  With the announcement of Google's new Pixel and Pixel XL today, there has been the question of what's happening to the long-running Nexus hardware program, which started in 2010 with the Nexus One and has been comprised …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Facebook Messenger has finished rolling out “Secret Conversations” to all 900M+ users for opt-in end-to-end encryption, available in its latest update  —  Last spring WhatsApp pushed out code adding a new layer of security to a billion users' apps, creating the largest end-to-end encrypted messaging network in history.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Akamai buys Soha Systems, which had just raised $10M from a16z, Menlo Ventures, others, to add more security to its cloud networking business  —  Consolidation continues to work its way through the world of enterprise startups.  Today Akamai announced that it has acquired Soha Systems in an all-cash deal.

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