August 22, 2018, 11:45 PM

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Alex Stamos / Lawfare:
Alex Stamos, former Facebook CSO, says 2016 failures still weigh on him, warns US elections risk becoming “World Cup of information war” without better security  —  In the swirl of news this week, it would be easy to miss recent announcements from two of America's largest …
Source: autonomous driving startup Zoox, valued at $3.2B, dismisses CEO and co-founder Tim Kentley-Klay, names co-founder and CTO Jesse Levinson president  —  - Co-founder Jesse Levinson will become company president  — Zoox just raised $500 million, at a $3.2 billion valuation
Jez Corden / Windows Central:
Sources: Microsoft to unveil “Xbox All Access”, a contract-based US monthly subscription offering an Xbox One, Xbox Live, and Xbox Game Pass, later this month  —  We've heard Microsoft is soon planning to debut a new contract-based monthly subscription service dubbed “Xbox All Access …
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Apple pulls Facebook's Onavo VPN app from the App Store, says that apps should not collect information about other installed apps for the purposes of analytics  —  - Facebook acquired Israeli security app developer Onavo in 2013 and has used it to offer consumers access to a virtual private network.
Ime Archibong / Facebook:
Facebook says it has suspended 400+ apps since launching investigation into app data use, including myPersonality, which may have misused data of 4M+ users  —  Today we banned myPersonality — an app that was mainly active prior to 2012 — from Facebook for failing to agree to our request …
Charisse Jones / USA Today:
Walmart partners with Rakuten Kobo to launch Walmart eBooks, with a catalog of 6M+ titles and a $9.99/month Audible-like subscription service for audiobooks  —  Walmart ratcheted up its battle with Amazon, planting a stake on the e-commerce giant's turf by selling e-books for the first time.
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Inside Snap's “Council” where employees discuss their inner thoughts, and Evan Spiegel's attempts at self-improvement after company's DAU decline  —  On the second floor of the new headquarters of Snap Inc. in Santa Monica, Calif., is a room dedicated to helping employees open up.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Latch, an NYC-based startup that makes keyless lock systems for apartments, raises $70M Series B led by Brookfield Ventures  —  Latch announced this morning that it has raised $70 million in Series B funding.  —  The round was led by Brookfield Ventures, the investment arm of Brookfield Asset Management.

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