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September 18, 2017, 12:20 PM

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Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes:
Hackers hid backdoor in Avast-owned system cleanup tool CCleaner for Windows from August 15 to September 12; affected software was run by 2.27M users  —  Users of Avast-owned security application CCleaner for Windows have been advised to update their software immediately …
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Slack raises $250M, largely from Softbank's Vision Fund, valuing the firm at $5.1B, up from $3.8B at the time of its April 2016 round  —  Workplace messaging app Slack has been valued at $5.1bn in its latest fundraising, which drew $250m from investors as the weight of cash in private markets continues …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google debuts Tez, a mobile payments app that uses ultrasonic sounds to let you exchange money, launching today on iOS and Android in India  —  After several weeks of speculation and leaked details, today Google officially unveiled its first big foray into mobile payments in Asia.
New York Times:
Facebook and other tech giants are increasingly coming in conflict with governments around the world exerting greater control over the internet  —  On a muggy, late spring evening, Tuan Pham awoke to the police storming his house in Hanoi, Vietnam.  —  They marched him to a police station …
Cade Metz / New York Times:
How a slowdown in Moore's Law led to the rise of specialized chips like FPGAs and GPUs for AI and other applications in computing  —  New technologies are testing the limits of computer semiconductors.  To deal with that, researchers have gone looking for ideas from nature.
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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Bing starts showing fact checking labels in search results  —  Following Google's lead earlier this year, Bing has added fact checking tags to search results.  —  A fact check label might now appear below results from Snopes, PolitFact, and other fact checking organizations …
Pan Yue / China Money Network:
Autonomous driving startup JingChi, founded by former head of Baidu's Autonomous Driving Unit, has raised a $30M angel round and is raising a $100M Series A  —  JingChi Corp., a Chinese autonomous driving start-up founded by Wang Jing, former head of Baidu Inc's Autonomous Driving Unit …

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