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September 29, 2017, 4:05 AM

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Twitter:
Twitter finds Russia Today purchased $274K in ads and promoted 1,823 tweets in US in 2016, and pledges to work with FEC and Congress on political ad disclosure  —  Earlier this summer we outlined some of our work to combat bots and networks of manipulation on Twitter.
Tony Romm / Recode:
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New York Times:
Recode:
Ikea has acquired TaskRabbit and will run it as an independent subsidiary; TaskRabbit has raised around $50M  —  The Swedish home goods giant is looking for some digital help from the contract labor marketplace  —  Swedish home goods giant Ikea has bought TaskRabbit, according to sources close to the situation.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Sources: Google is building a smart screen competitor to Amazon's Echo Show, codenamed “Manhattan”, to launch in late 2017 or early 2018  —  Multiple sources tell TechCrunch that Google is building a tabletop smart screen for video calling and more that will compete with Amazon's Echo Show.
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:
Roku shares close at $23.50, up 67.86% from IPO price of $14, valuing the firm at ~$2.2B  —  Content streaming company Roku saw its shares surge 67.86% on its first day of trading.  —  After pricing its IPO at $14 and then opening the day at $15.78, Roku shares closed at $23.50.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
GoPro announces the Hero6 with 4K video at 60fps, 2.7K at 120fps, and 1080p at 240fps, available today for $499  —  Today, on a massive planetarium screen at San Francisco's Academy of Sciences museum, GoPro CEO Nick Woodman revealed the next generation of the company's venerable Hero action cam series, the Hero6.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple says iPhone 7 and 8 don't have FM radio chips, after FCC chairman Ajit Pai urges Apple to activate iPhone FM radio chips to help after natural disasters  —  Amidst renewed pressure from the National Association of Broadcasters, FCC chairman Ajit Pai has now issued a statement urging Apple …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google brings its Family Link tool, which helps parents manage children's Android device use, out of beta in US  —  Family Link, Google's parental control software for Android devices, is now exiting its beta testing period and is now generally available to anyone in the U.S. without the need for an invitation.

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
Preserving global landmarks ruined in war, threatened by time  —  Meet French architect Yves Ubelmann, whose company Iconem uses AI to create high-resolution 3D digital models of historic landmarks.
eero:
eero: your first line of defense against security breaches.  —  Thanks to our automatic and regular software updates as well as a number of other security measures built into our devices and software …
Internet Association:
Here They Come: A Look At The Future Of Cities In The Internet Age  —  The purpose of the report is to highlight and draw lessons from cities that are actively pursuing a greater integration of technology into their economies, environments, and policymaking.
Zoho:
How to Engage with Prospects and Customers to Optimize Conversion and Retention  —  The goal of every marketing and sales team is to guide their target audience through each stage of this funnel.

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