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October 5, 2016, 5:45 PM

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Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Sources: Twitter board consulting advisers on how to deal with internal disagreement over possible sale, with Ev Williams in favor of and Dorsey against it  —  A few days before Twitter's Sept. 8 board meeting, as the company's finance team readied a presentation, it received conflicting directions on a crucial question.
Reuters:
Sources: Twitter has told potential acquirers it's seeking to conclude negotiations by Oct. 27, the day it reports its Q3 earnings  —  Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) has told potential acquirers it is seeking to conclude negotiations about selling itself by the time it reports third-quarter earnings on Oct. 27 …
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
US Justice Department confirms arrest of NSA contractor accused of stealing classified information  —  A government contractor has been arrested and charged with stealing highly classified information from the U.S. government, authorities announced Wednesday.
New York Times:
Government official: Yahoo got FISA order to scan incoming email for terrorist digital signature, used existing spam filtering, no longer collecting this data  —  Yahoo was ordered last year to search incoming emails for the digital “signature” of a communications method used by a state-sponsored …
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Yahoo says the report that it built program to scan customers' incoming mail is “misleading”  —  @brianwomack , More stories by Brian Womack  —  Carefully worded statement calls Reuters article ‘misleading’  —  CEO Mayer is under increasing scrutiny ahead of Verizon deal
New York Times:
Signal received federal subpoena with gag order earlier this year, demanding IP addresses, browsing histories, cookies, and more, but could hand over little  —  SAN FRANCISCO — It has been six months since the Justice Department backed off on demands that Apple help the F.B.I. break the security of a locked iPhone.
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Johnson & Johnson warns of vulnerability in 114K insulin pumps across USA and Canada that could cause overdose if exploited  —  Johnson & Johnson is telling patients that it has learned of a security vulnerability in one of its insulin pumps that a hacker could exploit to overdose diabetic patients …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Amazon rolls out Prime Reading, giving Prime members free access to more than 1,000 Kindle books and magazines  —  Amazon has unveiled the latest perk for Prime members in the U.S.: access to “over a thousand” Kindle books, comics, magazines, and more.  —  With Prime Reading …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
PlayStation VR review: a decently priced and comfortable headset with some good launch titles, but held back by its motion controllers  —  This was supposed to be the year virtual reality broke out.  The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, the first two high-end consumer devices on the market …
Justin Yu / CNET:
Google confirms delayed Lenovo Phab2 Pro phone with Google Tango AR tech will be available in November for $499 in the US  —  Clay Bavor, head of VR and AR at Google, has confirmed the release date of the first phone with Google's depth-sensing 3D camera system.  —  2016 is set to be a very big year for Google phones.
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
A look at MailChimp, the Atlanta-based startup that makes marketing tools for SMBs, which has never taken VC funding and is on track for $400M revenue in 2016  —  No venture capital, no Bay Area presence, no crazy burn rate: MailChimp's founders built the company slowly by anticipating customers' needs and following their instincts.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Scratch testing suggests iPhone camera lens exterior may not be as hard as pure sapphire  —  Apple has been using sapphire on its iPhone camera lenses for a few years now since the launch of the iPhone 5S, but it might not be as scratch resistant as you'd expect.

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