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October 6, 2017, 8:00 PM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
AOL is shutting down Instant Messenger (AIM) on December 15 after 20 years  —  The pioneering chat app that taught us to text is pulling the plug.  On December 15th, AOL Instant Messenger will shut down after running since 1997.  AIM dominated online chat in North America at the turn of the century.
Andrés Arrieta / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Apple's decision to not let users fully disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in iOS 11's Control Center is bad UI design and compromises user security  —  Turning off your Bluetooth and Wi-Fi radios when you're not using them is good security practice (not to mention good for your battery usage).
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Freight logistics startup Flexport raises $110M Series C led by DST Global, plans to offer freight financing, buy more warehouses  —  “We're actually out here trying to create value, not just give venture capital money away" says Flexport CEO Ryan Petersen.  “It's counterintuitive.
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Dan Primack / Axios:
Former Zenefits and Yammer CEO David Sacks raising a VC fund, according to SEC filing  —  Former Yammer and Zenefits CEO David Sacks appears to be raising a venture capital fund, according to an SEC filing .  —  Why it matters: Sacks created one tech unicorn in Yammer, which was sold to Microsoft for $1.2 billion.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Apple reveals new emoji coming in iOS 11.1, including a giraffe, a zebra, a hedgehog, a scarf, a trenchcoat, a baseball cap, and gloves  —  Apple has shown off more emoji characters coming to iOS in the future 11.1 update.  The characters are part of Unicode 10, which added 56 new emoji …
Marisa Kendall / SiliconBeat:
California regulators give thumbs down to Uber, Lyft fingerprint background checks  —  In a win for Uber and Lyft, state regulators late Wednesday said they don't want to force the ride-hailing companies to fingerprint their drivers — rejecting the idea that the added screening would make passengers safer.
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Sourcegraph raises $20M Series A led by Redpoint Ventures along with Goldcrest Capital for its semantic code search and cross-reference engine  —  Quinn Slack thinks we're close to the future that Back to the Future II promised back in the '80s — flying cars, artificial intelligence …
Stan Higgins / CoinDesk:
Power Ledger, an Australian blockchain startup specializing in energy trading applications, raises $34M in an ICO  —  Australian blockchain startup Power Ledger has raised $34 million in an initial coin offering (ICO).  —  That figure includes the $17 million the firm …
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