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October 18, 2017, 11:05 AM

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Erin Griffith / Wired:
Internal email details Twitter's plans to update rules on abuse, including expanding reporting options, hiding hate symbols behind warnings, more  —  WHEN TWITTER COULD take credit for revolutionary political movements like the Arab Spring, it was easy for the company's executives to joke about their liberal stance on free speech.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Facebook and Google helped Secure America Now, a conservative nonprofit advocacy group, target ads for an anti-refugee campaign in swing states  —  The big tech companies worked closely with Secure America Now to target an audience the group felt could be swayed by the message.
Peter Rudegeair / Wall Street Journal:
JPMorgan Chase to acquire online payment startup WePay; source says deal is for more than WePay's 2015 valuation of ~$220M  —  WePay, which serves e-commerce and crowdfunding customers, was valued at roughly $220 million in a 2015 fundraising  —  J.P. Morgan Chase JPM -.22% & Co …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Fantastical launches an intelligent new contacts app for the Mac called Cardhop, available today for $14.99 for a limited time, later at $19.99  —  Flexibits, the team behind the excellent calendar app Fantastical, is out with a brand new Mac app that turns your messy contacts database into something completely usable and interactive.
Kunal Dua / NDTV Gadgets 360:
WhatsApp to roll out real-time location sharing to Android and iOS users in coming weeks  —  WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service, is giving its over 1 billion users another reason to keep coming back to the app multiple times a day: live location sharing.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon opens up Alexa's list feature, letting users create a list for any purpose  —  Amazon today announced it's improving one of Alexa's most-used features: lists.  The company is expanding both the Shopping list and To-Do list functionality to allow Alexa device owners to create …
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
Magic Leap closes $502M round of funding led by Singapore sovereign wealth fund Temasek; return backers include Alibaba, Google, Fidelity, JPMorgan venture arms  —  Magic Leap, the secretive “mixed reality” startup, announced on Tuesday that it has raised $502 million in new venture capital funding led …
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
UAE-based sovereign wealth fund Mubadala is launching a $400M fund in partnership with SoftBank, a $200M VC fund-of-funds, and is opening a San Francisco office  —  Mubadala, an Abu Dhabi-based sovereign wealth fund with $125 billion in assets under management, is opening its first U.S. office …
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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Amazon Studios chief Roy Price resigns, company spokesman says, after suspension following sexual harassment claim  —  Amazon Studios chief Roy Price has resigned, five days after he was suspended by the company after a producer accused him of sexual harassment, an Amazon spokesperson told CNN.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Regina Dugan, head of Facebook's Building 8 hardware lab, announces she's leaving the firm within next “several months” after joining 18 months ago  —  Dugan is departing after just 18 months to “lead a new endeavor.”  —  Regina Dugan, the head of Facebook's secretive hardware …

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