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October 4, 2017, 9:15 AM

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Business Insider:
European Commission orders Amazon to pay back about €250M in taxes to Luxembourg, saying it had been given “sweetheart” tax advantage since 2003  —  - Amazon has been ordered to pay €250 million (£221 million, $294 million) by the European Commission over its taxes.
Sam Shead / Business Insider:
European Commission says it's taking Ireland to court for failing to collect €13B from Apple in back taxes identified in Aug. 2016, says no money has been paid  —  The European Commission, the EU's competition watchdog, is taking Ireland to court for failing to collect billions of euros …
Wall Street Journal:
Verizon says Yahoo breach in 2013 affected all of its 3B users, up from initially reported 1B users  —  Company disclosed late last year that 2013 hack exposed private information of over 1 billion users  —  A massive data breach at Yahoo AABA 1.95% in 2013 was far more extensive than previously disclosed …
New York Times:
Sources: Uber board will add 6 new seats, approves resolution for Uber to go public by 2019; Benchmark conditionally agrees to drop its lawsuit against Kalanick  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Uber's board of directors voted on Tuesday for governance changes that reshape the balance of power …
Dan Primack / Axios:
Uber board voted to proceed with SoftBank talks, moves ahead with some governance changes; source says shareholder super-voting rights were removed  —  Uber's board of directors today failed to approve governance changes that would have formally prevented former CEO Travis Kalanick …
Alex Kipman / Windows Blog:
Microsoft says developers can access Mixed Reality SteamVR preview and Halo: Recruit and other VR games are coming October 17  —  Update 10/3/17, 7 p.m. PT: A recording of our event from today is now available to watch on demand.  —  Mixed reality will unleash the creativity of every person and every organization on the planet.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
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Sam Rutherford / Gizmodo:
What to expect from Google's October 4 event: Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones, Home Mini and Max speakers, Daydream VR headset refresh, 2-in-1 Pixelbook laptop  —  Even though it feels like we're still processing all of Apple's latest devices and announcements, it's time to switch gears …
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Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:
Evan Spiegel says Snap has sold about 150K Spectacles so far  —  - Snap CEO Spiegel spoke to author Walter Isaacson at Vanity Fair's fourth annual New Establishment Summit in Beverly Hills, California.  — Spiegel's comments on Tuesday indicated that Spectacles unit sales are now higher …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Facebook should have a searchable database of all ads and ramp up authenticity requirements for all buyers, not just for those self-reporting as political  —  Fifteen years on, this paragraph from a Bill Gates' memo is a bit cringe-inducing: … Equivocating computer viruses …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel's former CEO Paul Otellini has passed away at the age of 66; he joined Intel in 1974 and became its fifth CEO in 2005  —  Former Intel CEO Paul Otellini has passed away at the age of 66.  —  Otellini was a lifelong Intel employee who had silicon in his blood.

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