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September 28, 2017, 11:00 AM

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New York Times:
Twitter comes under Congressional scrutiny as Russia-linked accounts found to spread misinformation or anti-Clinton stories and stoke furor over NFL protests  —  SAN FRANCISCO — After a weekend when Americans took to social media to debate President Trump's admonishment of N.F.L. players …
The Hill:
Mark Zuckerberg:
Trump and some liberals say Facebook helped their opponents, but Facebook's role was different: enabling discussions, voter registration, and candidate outreach  —  I want to respond to President Trump's tweet this morning claiming Facebook has always been against him.
Pavel Alpeyev / Bloomberg:
Toshiba signs final agreement to sell its flash memory chip business for ~$18B to group led by Bain Capital, which includes Apple, Dell, SK Hynix, and Hoya Corp  —  Toshiba Corp. signed a final agreement to sell its flash memory chip business to a group led by Bain Capital for about 2 trillion yen …
Eugene Kim / CNBC:
Amazon now has 5,000 people working on Alexa and Echo, up from 1,000 in May 2016; the company's job site lists an additional 1,500 related openings  —  - Amazon's hardware chief said more than 5,000 employees now work on the Alexa voice technology platform.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
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Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Nvidia's Shield TV gets deep integration with Google Assistant voice controls and adds support for Samsung's SmartThings platform  —  Hands-free voice assistant on your TV  —  Nvidia is today releasing version 6.0 of its software for the Shield TV set top box, which brings along the Google Assistant.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Microsoft joins the Open Source Initiative as a premium sponsor, joining Google and others  —  Microsoft today announced that it has joined the Open Source Initiative (OSI) as a Premium Sponsor.  The OSI, which launched in 1998, takes a relatively pragmatic approach to open source and advocates …
Mark Harris / Wired:
Profile of Anthony Levandowski, covering his early life and schooling, career before and after Alphabet and Uber, and AI-focused religion, founded in 2015  —  Many people in Silicon Valley believe in the Singularity—the day in our near future when computers will surpass humans in intelligence …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
South African media and internet giant Naspers acquires another 13% stake in Berlin-based food delivery firm Delivery Hero for ~€660M from Rocket Internet  —  Naspers, the South African media and internet giant, has upped its stake in Delivery Hero, the Berlin based food-delivery giant …
More: Reuters and MediaNama
Reuters:
Sources: private trades in Spotify ahead of public offering value company at ~$16B, or about 4X its 2016 sales  —  LONDON/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Private trades in Spotify shares are valuing the music streaming company at about $16 billion, according to people familiar with the deals, raising the prospect of a bumper flotation next year.

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