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July 2, 2018, 8:40 PM

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Washington Post:
Sources: DOJ's probe into the Cambridge Analytica scandal has broadened to focus on the actions and statements of Facebook; FBI, SEC, and FTC are also involved  —  A federal investigation into Facebook's sharing of data with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica has broadened to focus …
Annie Gowen / Washington Post:
Mob lynchings fueled by WhatsApp messages continue to sweep India as authorities struggle to combat fake news; five were killed by a rumor-driven mob on Sunday  —  NEW DELHI — Five people were killed by a mob in India on Sunday after rumors spread on social media that they were child traffickers …
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Makers of email software like Return Path and Edison Software let their employees read users' email, a practice they say is covered by user agreements  —  Software developers scan hundreds of millions of emails of users who sign up for email-based services  —  Google said a year ago …
New York Times:
Lyft is buying the core operations of Motivate, parent of CitiBike; the business will be renamed Lyft Bikes and keep contracts with NYC and seven other cities  —  Lyft competes with Uber for ride-hailing customers.  Now it is following its rival into bike-sharing, as the companies move …
Facebook:
Facebook says it's notifying ~800,000 users who were hit by a bug in Facebook and Messenger from May 29 to June 5 that unblocked some people they had blocked  —  Starting today we are notifying over 800,000 users about a bug in Facebook and Messenger that unblocked some people they had blocked.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Comcast's Xfinity Mobile service now throttles personal hotspot usage on its “unlimited” plan to 600kbps and caps videos at 480p quality unless users pay extra  —  Comcast's Xfinity Mobile service is imposing new speed limits on video watching and personal hotspot usage …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram rolls out its “all caught up” feature; sources: Facebook and Instagram are developing Do Not Disturb features to let users better manage notifications  —  Instagram is turning the Time Well Spent philosophy into features to help users avoid endless scrolling and distraction by notifications.
Reuters:
HTC plans to cut around a quarter of its global workforce, or 1,500 jobs, at its manufacturing unit in Taiwan; layoffs will be completed by the end of September  —  TAIPEI (Reuters) - Smartphone maker HTC plans to slash around a quarter of its global workforce through job cuts at its manufacturing unit …
Nico Grant / Bloomberg:
Dell announces it will become a public company again by subsuming its tracking stock DVMT in a cash and share-swap deal worth $21.7B  —  - Dell to offer DVMT shareholders Dell stock or cash buyout  — Total deal size comes to $21.7 billion, Dell to list on NYSE

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