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October 11, 2017, 7:50 AM

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New York Times:
Sources: after hacking Kaspersky's network in 2014, Israel told NSA that it found Russian spies using Kaspersky software to search for US intel docs  —  It was a case of spies watching spies watching spies: Israeli intelligence officers looked on in real time as Russian government hackers …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
India's Uber rival Ola raises $1.1B led by Tencent, says it's close to finalizing a $2.1B round, which source says would give company a $7B post-money valuation  —  It's been a long while coming but Uber's chief rival in India is finally raising a big round, and joining the billion-dollar round club at the same time.
Felix Krause:
Developer shows how malicious apps on iOS can easily replicate the native system dialog box to phish for Apple ID passwords  —  Do you want the user's Apple ID password, to get access to their Apple account, or to try the same email/password combination on different web services?
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple strikes deal with Steven Spielberg to remake Amazing Stories, an 80s sci-fi series, in its first major foray into creating original content  —  Director's Amblin Television, NBCUniversal TV production unit to make new episodes of sci-fi series from the 1980s
Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
Google rolls out patch to partially fix bug that caused Google Home Minis to repeatedly record, transmit audio to company, says it is working on a long-term fix  —  When the first home assistants were announced, I was excited.  A device I could wake up with a simple hotword that would answer my questions …
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Mark Zuckerberg apologizes for a tone-deaf VR avatar tour of Puerto Rico devastation that he livestreamed  —  Mark Zuckerberg is apologizing today after his Facebook Live video discussing his company's efforts to aid Puerto Rico's recovery raised some serious eyebrows.
Catalin Cimpanu / BleepingComputer.com:
Researcher finds OnePlus' OxygenOS does not anonymize telemetry data, lacks an opt-out setting  —  OxygenOS, a custom version of the Android operating system that comes installed on all OnePlus smartphones, is tracking users actions without anonymizing data, allowing OnePlus to connect each phone to its customer.
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter adds “Happening Now” feature to timelines on Android and iOS to group tweets by events, starts with sports and will expand to TV and breaking news  —  Twitter is adding a “Happening Now” feature that will group tweets by event, the company announced today.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft opens up Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK to all and renames Windows Store to Microsoft Store  —  During its Windows Developer Day event today, Microsoft launched the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update software development kit (SDK).  Developers can download the new SDK now from developer.microsoft.com/windows.
John McCrank / Reuters:
Equifax says that 15.2M records from 693,665 UK customers were accessed during US hack  —  (Reuters) - Credit reporting agency Equifax Inc (EFX.N) said on Tuesday that 15.2 million client records in Britain were compromised in the massive cyber attack it disclosed last month …
Jessi Hempel / Wired:
Snapchat debuts context cards to let you hail rides, book tables, and more by swiping up on some Snaps; partners include Foursquare, OpenTable, and Lyft  —  I don't know I've reached Snap's global headquarters until I am standing in front of them, leaning on the handle of my rolling suitcase and puzzling over a map app.
CNBC:
Sources: Amazon is developing a smart doorbell service to allow safe deliveries to inside the home and is partnering on system to deliver to car trunks  —  - Amazon is in advanced talks with Phrame, a smart license plate maker, to ship packages to your car's trunk, CNBC has learned.

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