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October 2, 2017, 5:35 AM

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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 …
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Google ends controversial “first click free” policy, won't demote paywalled news sites in search results, and will offer new tools to help sell subscriptions  —  Search engine drops controversial ‘first-click free’ program  —  Company won't demote paywalled news sites in search results
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
FBI does not have to reveal the name of a vendor that unlocked San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, judge rules in FOIA lawsuit filed by Vice, USA Today, and AP  —  A federal judge has ruled that the FBI does not have to make public how much it paid last year to unlock an iPhone used …
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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Florin T. / PhoneArena:
Renders leak of Huawei Mate 10 Pro with f/1.6 Leica-branded cameras  —  Huawei won't properly announce its Mate 10 smartphone series before October 16, but we already know plenty about it, including the fact that it should be comprised of multiple devices - a regular Mate 10, a Mate 10 Pro …
James Somers / MIT Technology Review:
Inside the history and limitations of Geoffrey Hinton's 30-year-old backpropagation neural network technique, which formed the basis for modern deep learning  —  Just about every AI advance you've heard of depends on a breakthrough that's three decades old.
Bloomberg:
Sources: how Bain-led bid for Toshiba chip unit won out, after Western Digital overplayed its hand with a lowball offer and an attempt to block sale to others  —  Sale of flash memory unit sparked a ferocious bidding war  —  Rift with Western Digital began with April clash in California
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Microsoft:
Winning hackathon project now helping millions read and write  —  Teacher Merlyne Graves used to spend hours recording for her students who struggled with reading.  Not any more.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
It's go time for Go Zoho!  —  It's not often that you hear of a tech company taking a vintage Airstream trailer on the road to help users in their own neighborhood.  Then again, Zoho's no ordinary tech company.

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