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September 4, 2018, 5:05 PM

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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 …
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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% …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Vindu Goel / New York Times:
Amazon launches a Hindi website and apps to court India's 500M Hindi speakers  —  BANGALORE, India — Only 10 percent of India's 1.3 billion people know English.  Yet most of the country's e-commerce services have been offered only in English, closing off online shopping to the vast majority of people here.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Sources: Instagram is building a standalone app for shopping which may be called IG Shopping  —  Facebook is planning a major new move into e-commerce, sources tell The Verge  —  Instagram is working on a new standalone app dedicated to shopping, The Verge has learned.
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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
FCC's Pai says transparency law may be needed for Twitter, Facebook, Google, and others in a blog post ahead of congressional hearing with Facebook and Twitter  —  The leader of the Federal Communications Commission says that major web companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google …
Kate Clark / TechCrunch:
Tribe Capital, founded by three former Social Capital partners, is reportedly raising $200M for a debut fund  —  Tribe Capital, the venture capital firm launched by Arjun Sethi, Jonathan Hsu and Ted Maidenber, a trio of former Social Capital partners, is reportedly raising $200 million for its first flagship venture capital fund.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
HTC announces that its Viveport VR subscription service will launch on the Oculus Rift, partnering with a rival as it tries to find a winning business model  —  HTC is cozying up to its main competitor in the VR space, Facebook-owned Oculus as it looks to find a business model that will wrestle it out of the VR market doldrums.
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