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October 5, 2016, 1:30 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.
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.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
US Justice Department confirms arrest of NSA contractor accused of stealing classified information  —  The U.S. government confirmed a potentially wide-ranging breach of classified information Wednesday, disclosing that a federal contractor was secretly arrested in August …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Interviews with Google execs about the “Made by Google” event, which introduced Pixel, Home, DayDream View, and what making hardware means for Google's future  —  The inside story of Google's bold bet on hardware  —  In a nationally televised commercial that premiered last month …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:

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