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August 12, 2018, 10:45 AM

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New York Times:
Inside Twitter's Friday meeting where Jack Dorsey and executives discussed Infowars, what “dehumanizing speech” means, and a possible drafting of new policies  —  SAN FRANCISCO — With his arms folded, Jack Dorsey paced back and forth in a conference room at Twitter's headquarters on Friday afternoon.
Jeff Jarvis / The Atlantic:
Internet platforms are places of public conversations where society negotiates norms of acceptable behavior; Infowars bans show the process is starting to work  —  This post was updated on Friday, August 10 at 7:53 p.m. to reflect the author's role as the founder of a Facebook-funded project.
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Michael H. Keller / New York Times:
A look at the fake YouTube views ecosystem where sites like Devumi.com and 500Views.com sell millions of bot-generated views and how YouTube is fighting it  —  Plays can be bought for pennies and delivered in bulk, inflating videos' popularity and creating an environment ripe for manipulation.
CoinDesk:
Overstock.com says its subsidiary tZero raised $134M in an ICO, announces up to $270M investment in tZero by Chinese private equity firm GSR at $1.5B valuation  —  Overstock.com subsidiary tZero raised $134 million in its security token offering, the company said Thursday.
George P. Slefo / Ad Age:
Spotify is running a test in Australia that lets users skip audio and video ads any time they want, says it may help company train its ad targeting algorithms  —  Spotify is hoping to deliver another blow at rival Pandora, all in an effort to dominate the fast growing, $1.6 billion market that is digital audio advertising.
Wall Street Journal:
Inside Kim Nilsson's and other WizSec cofounders' quest to find Mt. Gox's hackers, which traced stolen bitcoins to BTC-E and its alleged admin Alexander Vinnik  —  Rampant thefts are taking the shine off cryptocurrencies.  After the Mt. Gox debacle, Kim Nilsson decided to fight back.
Matt Harris / Fortune:
Fintech startup trends: most growth in real estate and crypto, wealth and investment startup activity steady, payments and lending are least active, and more  —  I've been proven wrong once again.  —  For eight years running, I've predicted that fintech investment is going to plateau.
Cory Fields:
Bitcoin developer describes how he found a critical blockchain splitting vulnerability, now fixed, in competing Bitcoin Cash cryptocurrency  —  My experience disclosing a critical Bitcoin Cash vulnerability  —  On April 25, 2018, I anonymously and privately disclosed a critical vulnerability …
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
RiskRecon, a SaaS platform providing cybersecurity assessments of third-party vendors, raises $25M Series B led by Accel Partners  —  In June of this year, Chinese hackers managed to install software into the networks of a contractor for the U.S. Navy and steal information on a roughly $300 million top-secret submarine program.

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