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October 1, 2017, 6:50 PM

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Zeynep Tufekci / New York Times:
Mark Zuckerberg's “both sides” argument is a flimsy defense of Facebook's failure to limit the spread of systematic misinformation during 2016 election  —  Responding to President Trump's tweet this week that “Facebook was always anti-Trump,” Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook …
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Here's the proposal to change Uber's governance, which is aimed at limiting Travis Kalanick's power  —  The changes, listed.  —  Former CEO Travis Kalanick's decision on Friday to appoint two new directors to the board of the car-hailing company did not come out of nowhere, although it was a surprise to the board and its new CEO.
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Travis Kalanick appoints Ursula Burns, John Thain to Uber board in clout-bolstering move; Uber says decision “came as a complete surprise to Uber and its board”  —  Kalanick asserts right to pick directors as questions swirl  —  Unclear if Uber's new CEO Khosrowshahi supports board choices
Alex Webb / Bloomberg:
Apple has quietly built a global network of small research and development labs that doubles as an employee poaching operation  —  Apple has opened offices close to companies with top expertise  —  In recent years, Apple Inc. has quietly put together a global network of small research and development labs …
Horace Dediu / Asymco:
Analysis: Apple has sold about 15M Watch units in last 12 months and about 33M since launch, generating about $12B in sales  —  Apple is now the biggest watchmaker in the world, overtaking Rolex during the last quarter.  This achievement happened less than two and a half years after Apple entered the watch market.
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Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
SEC, in apparent first, charges two companies behind recent ICOs, Diamond Reserve Club World and REcoin, and their founder Maksim Zaslavskiy, with fraud  —  The SEC has brought what appears to be its first charges against a company utilizing the initial coin offering (ICO) fundraising model.
Rob Price / Business Insider:
Google.org-backed Wayfindr's open standard to help blind people navigate using audio instructions and Bluetooth beacons gets ITU approval  —  LONDON — In 2014, members of a youth forum at the Royal London Society for Blind People wrote a manifesto on the change they wanted in the world to help young blind people like themselves.

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