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September 18, 2017, 9:15 AM

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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 2.7M 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 wallet and payments app for India launching today on iOS and Android, its first big foray into mobile payments in Asia  —  After several weeks of speculation and leaked details, today Google officially unveiled its first big foray into mobile payments in Asia.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Interview about Face ID with Apple's SVP of software engineering Craig Federighi, who says no data from Face ID is sent to the cloud  —  Face ID is easily the most hot-button topic to come out of Apple's iPhone event this week, notch be damned.  As people have parsed just how serious Apple is about it …
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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
New study says Apple may be overselling its differential privacy protections in macOS and iOS; Apple disputes study's findings  —  FOR THE LAST year, Apple has touted a mathematical tool that it describes as a solution to a paradoxical problem: mining user data, while simultaneously protecting user privacy.
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Source: Facebook handed over data on Russian ad buys to special counsel Mueller under search warrant, including ad copies, targeting info, and account details  —  What $100,000 can buy you on Facebook  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team are now in possession of Russian-linked ads run …

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