September 29, 2017, 1:35 PM

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Researchers find alarming number of Macs remain vulnerable to stealthy hacks due to outdated EFI firmware; Windows and Linux PCs are also likely at risk  —  At-risk EFI versions likely put Windows and Linux PCs at risk, too.  —  An alarming number of Macs remain vulnerable to known exploits …
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.
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:
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed:
ACLU challenges DoJ warrants for Facebook account information of users involved in anti-Trump protests, arguing the requests are overbroad  —  Three Facebook users are challenging newly disclosed search warrants for their account information, arguing that the warrants are overbroad …
Japan's Financial Services Agency has approved 11 companies as operators of cryptocurrency exchanges  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Financial Services Agency said on Friday it has approved 11 companies as operators of cryptocurrency exchanges, in a move that sets the country apart from its neighbors …
Cynthia Kim / Reuters:
South Korea bans raising money through initial coin offerings  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's financial regulator on Friday said it will ban raising money through all forms of virtual currencies, a move that follows similar restrictions in China on initial coin offerings.

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