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October 20, 2017, 3:10 PM

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook Messenger now lets users send money to friends via PayPal, adds PayPal's first bot for customer service  —  PayPal users in the U.S. will now be able to send and receive person-to-person payments over Facebook Messenger, the company announced this morning.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Sources: some employees feel Facebook is being used as a scapegoat for 2016 election outcome using flawed hindsight about factors mostly beyond FB's control  —  In the summer of 2015, a Facebook engineer was combing through the company's internal data when he noticed something unusual.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Atlas Informatics, a search engine for your digital footprint, says it is shutting down; Atlas raised $20M+ last November  —  Seattle startup Atlas Informatics, led by Napster co-founder Jordan Ritter, plans to shut down and stop offering its search technology as of Oct. 25 …
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Reveal:
Only 22 big tech companies out of 211 surveyed revealed their government-mandated EEO-1 diversity data  —  When the popular messaging platform Slack won a fastest-rising startup award last year, the company sent four black female engineers to accept it.  —  Onstage at the TechCrunch awards show …
Quinn Norton:
Journalist Quinn Norton says author and tech evangelist Robert Scoble sexually assaulted her at an O'Reilly unconference in the early 2010s  —  Foo Camp, the original unconference thrown by O'Reilly every year, is one of my favorite events in the technology world.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Review of Harman Kardon Invoke, a $199 smart speaker with Microsoft's Cortana assistant: great sound, sharp design, but it's twice as costly as Amazon's Echo  —  A smart speaker for Microsoft's world  —  For a company that makes a voice-controlled assistant, it has become table stakes …
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
CoinList, provider of ICO management and compliance services, spins out of AngelList into a separate company led by former Sidewire CEO Andy Bromberg  —  CoinList, a provider of financial services for staging and managing initial coin offerings (ICOs), is spinning out of AngelList …
Bloomberg:
Sources say launch of Verizon's new live online TV service, which is separate from Go90, is delayed until Spring 2018 at the earliest  —  Programming deals still in negotiation, strategy seen adrift  —  Online streaming TV is ‘absolutely critical,’ CEO said
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Coda, a collaborative editor with word processor and spreadsheet tools, launches in private beta, reveals $60M in funding over two rounds, Reid Hoffman on board  —  From rows and columns to custom apps  —  When Shishir Mehrotra worked at YouTube, he was struck by the relatively pedestrian tools that kept the site running.

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