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August 15, 2018, 8:20 PM

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Alyssa Newcomb / NBC News:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defends decision to just give Infowars' Alex Jones a timeout after Jones urged viewers to ready “battle rifles” against media and others  —  “We can't build a service that is subjective just to the whims of what we personally believe," Dorsey told NBC News' Lester Holt in an exclusive interview.
Washington Post:
Jack Dorsey says Twitter is considering promoting alternative viewpoints in timeline, labeling bots, and redesigning the like button and follower count display  —  Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey said he is rethinking core parts of the social media platform so that it doesn't enable …
Steven Musil / CNET:
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
Uber's Q2 2018 financials: revenue rose 51% YoY to $2.7B as adjusted EBITDA losses widened to $404M, up from $304M in Q1; gross bookings rose 41% YoY to $12B  —  While Uber isn't required to disclose its financial results, Uber has done so for past few quarters as it gears up to go public next year.
Steve Stecklow / Reuters:
Investigation finds 1,000+ Facebook posts, comments, images, and videos attacking Rohingya in Myanmar, highlighting Facebook's woeful attempts to fix the issue  —  Reuters found more than 1,000 examples of posts, comments and pornographic images attacking the Rohingya and other Muslims on Facebook.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Ahead of Twitter API changes coming on August 16, Tapbots removes several features from Tweetbot for iOS, following similar moves by Twitterrific and others  —  Ahead of upcoming Twitter changes set to be implemented tomorrow, Tapbots has released an updated version of its Tweetbot app for iOS devices …
Ry Crist / CNET:
Amazon and Microsoft begin rolling out Alexa and Cortana integrations, with the ability to ask each assistant to “open” the other  —  Alexa and Cortana: Tech's new BFFs?  —  That's the premise behind a cooperative effort from Amazon and Microsoft that lets Alexa users cue up Cortana on their Echo speakers.
Gregory Barber / Wired:
Coinbase acquires the five-person team behind Distributed Systems to help Coinbase find ways to integrate decentralized identity across its services  —  EARLIER THIS YEAR, the executors of #DeleteFacebook engaged in a form of decentralized group therapy.  Catharsis came in a zip file downloaded …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: WhatsApp cofounder Jan Koum has continued to show up at least monthly at the Facebook office to secure his stock rewards of ~$450M  —  Jan Koum said he was leaving Facebook in April, but has been making periodic appearances in the office to secure stock rewards
Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes:
Court docs: FBI served Google a warrant with gag order for info on all users at two locations, a space of 45 hectares, amid robberies; Google didn't provide it  —  The FBI asked Google to provide information on its users who'd been at two of nine locations at certain times, as investigators tried to find leads in an armed robbery case.
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
Email and documents show the FBI has investigated cyberattacks on California Democratic candidate Hans Keirstead, who was running in Dana Rohrabacher's district  —  The FBI investigated hacking attempts targeting a Democrat who ran against “Putin's favorite congressman”
Bloomberg:
Sources: China freezes game approvals amid a restructuring within regulatory administrations, affecting all online, mobile, and console games  —  - The halt has shaken Tencent as smaller players struggle  — Regulatory administrations are said to be under restructuring
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Amazon's Twitch has been pursuing exclusive livestreaming deals with popular companies and personalities, offering millions per year in some cases  —  It wants to turn its Twitch online hangout for avid gamers into a broader video service.  —  YouTube has become synonymous …

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