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October 21, 2016, 8:15 PM

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William Turton / Gizmodo:
DNS provider Dyn is investigating and mitigating a third wave of DDoS attacks causing widespread outages across many popular sites in the US and Europe  —  Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and a huge swath of other websites were down or screwed up this morning.
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Dyn says today's DDoS attack on its DNS service came from tens of millions of IPs, and involved the Mirai botnet of IoT devices  —  Friday morning is prime time for some casual news reading, tweeting, and general Internet browsing, but you may have had some trouble accessing your usual sites …
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Jessica Toonkel / Reuters:
Sources: AT&T reaches agreement in principle to buy Time Warner for about $85B  —  AT&T Inc (T.N) has reached an agreement in principle to buy Time Warner Inc (TWX.N) for about $85 billion, sources said on Friday, paving the way for a blockbuster deal that would give the telecom company control …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook plans to show more images and stories with graphic content, including violence and nudity, if they're “newsworthy, significant or of public interest”  —  Facebook will soon display more graphic content including violence and nudity that would normally violate its policies …
Julia Angwin / ProPublica:
Google updated its privacy policy this summer, letting Google combine personal info from Gmail and other tools with DoubleClick browsing data to target ads  —  When Google bought the advertising network DoubleClick in 2007, Google founder Sergey Brin said that privacy would be the company's …
Avery Hartmans / Business Insider:
New York Governor Cuomo signs bill banning less than 30-day rental unit listings on sites like Airbnb when tenant is not present; Airbnb sues to block the law  —  Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill that could deal a blow to Airbnb's operations in New York State.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers find serious nine-year old privilege-escalation bug in Linux kernel, official patch released this week  —  Lurking in the kernel for nine years, flaw gives untrusted users unfettered root access.  —  A serious vulnerability that has been present for nine years in virtually …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
App Annie: China overtakes the US in iOS App Store revenue, ending a six year run at the top  —  China has now overtaken the U.S. to become the largest market in the world for App Store revenue, according to a new report out this morning from app intelligence firm App Annie.
Tim Nudd / Adweek:
Facebook Launches a Big Ad Campaign for Facebook Live, With User Videos at the Core  —  Facebook Live is a big, important product for the world's biggest social network.  But up to now, many users still don't really know what Live is, or how to use it.  Or they might be intimidated by live broadcasting, and reluctant to try it out.

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Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
It's go time for Go Zoho!  —  It's not often that you hear of a tech company taking a vintage Airstream trailer on the road to help users in their own neighborhood.  Then again, Zoho's no ordinary tech company.

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