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September 15, 2017, 3:50 AM

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ProPublica:
Facebook let ad buyers target users interested in algorithmically generated anti-Semitic topics like “Jew hater”, then removed some topics after being contacted  —  Want to market Nazi memorabilia, or recruit marchers for a far-right rally?  Facebook's self-service ad-buying platform had the right audience for you.
Axios:
Sources: Alphabet, which invested in Uber through GV, is in talks to invest about $1B in Lyft, driven by CEO Larry Page  —  Google has held talks to invest around $1 billion in Lyft, Axios has learned from multiple sources.  It is unclear which group within Google would make the investment …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Lawsuit filed against Google in San Francisco court with three named plaintiffs alleges women are “segregated” into lower-paid jobs, denied promotions, more  —  Exclusive: Women say Google denied them promotions, telling the Guardian they were forced into less prestigious jobs despite qualifications
Marty Swant / Adweek:
IAB and other online ad trade groups ask Apple to rethink Safari's “Intelligent Tracking Prevention” cookie rules, expected to roll out this month on desktop  —  They argue it'll hurt user experience and campaign targeting  —  The biggest advertising organizations say Apple will …
Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Chinese regulator: iPhone 8 has 1,821mAh battery, 139mAh less than 7, and 8+ has 2,675mAh battery, 225mAh less than 7+; Apple says battery life is similar  —  Apple's new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have smaller batteries than the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, respectively …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers find 50+ apps, now-removed but downloaded 1M-4.2M times, on Google Play that secretly charged users by sending text messages to premium numbers  —  Malware scanners fail to detect 50 apps that charged for fake services.  —  Researchers recently found at least 50 apps …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Sources: Patreon has closed Series C funding valuing the company at about $450M  —  In an era where art is shared and streamed for free, Patreon offers new hope for turning content creation into a career.  Illustrators, comedians, game makers, and musicians use Patreon to let fans pay …
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