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September 7, 2017, 6:30 AM

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Alex Stamos / Facebook:
Facebook says most of ~3K Russia-linked ads during US Presidential campaign referenced divisive social issues, not the election, and that ~25% were geo-targeted  —  There have been a lot of questions since the 2016 US election about Russian interference in the electoral process.
Washington Post:
Facebook says it sold ~$100K of ads on politically divisive topics to Russia-linked accounts from 6/15-5/17; sources say FB told Congress ads targeted US voters  —  Representatives of Facebook told congressional investigators Wednesday that it has discovered it sold ads during …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Federal judge dismisses libel suit against Techdirt from Shiva Ayyadurai, who claims he invented email, due to difficulty in defining email  —  Judge: Techdirt articles were opinionated and hyperbolic, but not libel.  —  A federal judge in Massachusetts has dismissed a libel lawsuit filed earlier …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo says iPhone 8's Samsung-made OLED display costs $120-$130 per unit, over double the current LCD's $45-$55 per unit cost  —  The upcoming launch of the “iPhone 8” will reportedly see Apple in a precarious position in terms of parts, as the only company currently capable …
Shannon Liao / The Verge:
Twitter begins rolling out its Night Mode feature on Twitter.com, following iOS and Android apps  —  Twitter.com launched its Night Mode feature on desktop today, although the feature has yet to roll out to all accounts.  The feature has already been available on iOS and Android since last year.
Mark Wilson / Co.Design:
Researchers find all popular voice assistants, like Siri or Alexa, can be controlled via verbal commands emitted on ultrasonic frequencies using ~$3 hardware  —  Hackers can take control of the world's most popular voice assistants by whispering to them in frequencies humans can't hear.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft to hold Surface keynote during its annual Future Decoded event next month; sources say it's expected to unveil at least one new Surface device  —  Microsoft's Surface chief will hold a keynote speech in London at the end of October.  The software giant is holding its annual Future Decoded event …
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
Overview of where regulators stand on ICOs in US, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Russia, Singapore, and Canada  —  Initial coin offerings, or ICOs, have quickly become a popular alternative to traditional venture capital and project financing, but a growing number of regulators are pumping the brakes.

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