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September 4, 2018, 10:05 PM

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New York Times:
In opening statements for congressional testimonies, Sandberg says Facebook was slow to spot election interference, Dorsey emphasizes trust and transparency  —  WASHINGTON — For months, Facebook, Twitter and Google have grappled with criticism over the misuse of their services by foreign operatives …
Bloomberg:
Sen. Warner says Google can still “step up” after it posts written testimony it will submit instead of having Page or Pichai testify at congressional hearing  —  - Committee spurned lawyer Walker as not high-ranking enough  — Facebook's Sandberg and Twitter's Dorsey preview their remarks
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Interview with Senator Mark Warner, ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, on the forthcoming Big Tech hearings, Google's absence, and more  —  THERE ARE PLENTY of lawmakers who know next to nothing about technology.  Senator Mark Warner isn't one of them.
Politico:
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Chrome 69 arrives with revamped design, more powerful omnibox that shows Google-sourced answers without having to open a new tab, and improved password manager  —  Google today launched Chrome 69 for Windows, Mac, and Linux, Android, and iOS, just a few days after the browser's 10-year anniversary.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Evernote has lost its CTO, CFO, CPO, and HR head in the last month; source says the company is currently fundraising, potentially in a down round  —  Evernote, the productivity app with 225 million users that lets people take notes and organise other files from their working and non-work life …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed News:
Researchers from Oracle-backed watchdog posed as Russian trolls, using name and other info of Russia's IRA, and were easily able to run political ads on Google  —  In the summer of 2018, after months of public and legislator outcry over election interference, you might think it would be difficult …
Todd VanderArk / Skype Blogs:
Microsoft launches call recording feature for Skype on most platforms except Windows 10, which will get the feature in the coming weeks  —  When we added video to Skype calls over ten years ago, the ability to share important moments with loved ones took a big step forward.
Davey Alba / BuzzFeed News:
A look at the human cost of Facebook's rise in the Philippines: truth matters less, propaganda is ubiquitous, lives are wrecked, and some have died as a result  —  In August 2016, a handful of crude images began circulating widely throughout Facebook's Filipino community …
Nick Vivarelli / Variety:
Streaming services like Netflix that operate in the EU will need to dedicate 30%+ of their catalogs to local content after new law comes into effect in December  —  Quotas obligating Netflix, Amazon and other streaming services operating in the European Union to dedicate at least 30% …
Sara Salinas / CNBC:
Amazon shares rose to $2,050.50 in intraday trading, valuing the company at $1T, a month after Apple reached the milestone  —  Amazon market cap hit $1 trillion on Tuesday, becoming the second publicly traded U.S. company to reach the record valuation after Apple.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Microsoft is making available publicly its redesigned Outlook app, which was first unveiled last fall, on the web and for Windows users in the Targeted program  —  Microsoft first unveiled a redesign of its Outlook email app last fall, and now that visual overhaul for the software is available publicly starting today.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
FCC's Pai says transparency law may be needed for Twitter, Facebook, Google, citing privacy issues, even though he supported ending ISP privacy rules in 2017  —  The leader of the Federal Communications Commission says that major web companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google …
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
Study with data from 100,000 phones shows US telcos are throttling services like YouTube and Netflix, led by Verizon, while Sprint throttles the least  —  - Wehe app shows videos streaming at fraction of available speed  — As FCC backs off, researcher becomes net-neutrality watchdog
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
Samsung says it will let third-party developers build apps for its Bixby assistant later this year  —  - Samsung will launch a software developers kit (SDK) and an application programming interface (API) for Bixby.  —  Samsung will allow third-party developers to build apps for Bixby …
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
Analysis: since last month's Facebook and YouTube ban, Infowars' audience has dropped by roughly half to about 715,000 daily site visits and video views  —  SAN FRANCISCO — After Silicon Valley internet giants mostly barred Alex Jones from their services last month, traffic to his Infowars website …
Tom Krazit / GeekWire:
Microsoft services, including Office 365 and Azure Active Directory, suffer extended downtime after problems at its South Central US data center due to weather  —  Some Microsoft Azure customers with workloads running in its South Central US data center are having big problems coming …

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