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September 13, 2017, 4:35 PM

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Dustin Volz / Reuters:
Trump administration issues directive giving agencies 90 days to discontinue use of Kaspersky software, citing concerns about ties to Russian government  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Wednesday told U.S. government agencies to remove Kaspersky Lab products …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook releases guidelines on ad content, prohibits monetization of violence, porn, drugs, hate, debated social issues, and other content types  —  Facebook wants content creators to earn money, but not at the expense of the family friendly social network it's built, or the integrity of its advertising clients.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple's iPhone 8 and X can charge to 50% in 30 minutes when plugged into USB-C power adapter  —  Though not mentioned on stage at today's event, both the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 are “fast-charge capable,” which means the two devices can be charged to 50 percent battery life in 30 minutes.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
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Casey Michel / Extra:
A deep look at Heart of Texas, a Russia-linked Facebook group that promoted Texas succession and had 225K+ members before being taken down in summer of 2017  —  When is a Texan not a Texan?  —  Earlier this week, Facebook announced that they had shuttered almost 500 accounts they believe …
Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal:
Apple has signed deals to sell movies in 4K with every major Hollywood studio, except Disney  —  Apple TV will offer Hollywood movies in the high-resolution format, called either 4K or UHD, for ultra-high definition  —  Apple Inc. AAPL -.40% has signed new deals to sell movies …
Matthew Hughes / The Next Web:
Facebook releases its Bonfire group video chat app on the Danish iOS App Store; app allows sharing of pictures from chats to Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger  —  Bonfire, Facebook's group video chat app, has sprung up on the Danish iOS App Store, suggesting the social media giant is slowly rolling it out to customers.
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Google, Facebook, and Amazon are on a dangerous collision course with political power in the US  —  The bad new politics of big tech.  —  BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief  —  The blinding rise of Donald Trump over the past year has masked another major trend in American politics: the palpable …
Ali Montag / CNBC:
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton says he's leaving after eight years, and will start a nonprofit at “the intersection of nonprofit, technology and communications”  —  Acton has a net worth of $6.5 billion.  —  WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is leaving the company to start his own non-profit.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will require third-party apps ask permission to access camera and other sensitive information or hardware  —  Microsoft is continuing to tinker with the privacy configuration and options in Windows 10, with the Fall Creators Update, due for release on October 17 …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Atlassian's Trello, a popular productivity tool, finally launches Mac and Windows apps  —  It's only taken six years, but the popular project management tool Trello — which was recently acquired by Atlassian — today launched its desktop apps for Mac, with the Windows app launching tomorrow.

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