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September 5, 2018, 9:15 AM

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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
Wall Street Journal:
Sources detail Sheryl Sandberg's expanding role at Facebook following its delayed response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which she saw as a disaster  —  Amid questions about her influence at the social network, the high-profile executive has been asked to tackle safety and security issues
Politico:
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
John Carreyrou / Wall Street Journal:
Theranos says it will formally dissolve, in an email to shareholders, and says it will seek to pay unsecured creditors its remaining cash in coming months  —  Firm, tarred by scandal, will pay creditors its remaining cash  —  Theranos Inc., the blood-testing company accused …
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.
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Google is considering big changes to how URLs are displayed in Chrome so that web identity can be better understandable, plans to share ideas by next spring  —  GOOGLE'S CHROME BROWSER turns 10 today, and in its short life it has introduced a lot of radical changes to the web.
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.
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 …
Sara Salinas / CNBC:
Robert Burnson / Bloomberg:
Facebook is suing BlackBerry for patent infringement of voice messaging technology and other patented processes  —  Facebook Inc. is suing BlackBerry Ltd. for patent infringement, escalating the legal battle between the two companies over protected technology.
More: TechSpot and CNET
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Maciej Ceglowski / Washington Post:
Democratic campaigns are still struggling with basic email security after two years of constant news reports about the dangers of political hacking  —  Someone — the government or Silicon Valley — needs to step in to help.  —  Maciej Ceglowski is a security trainer and the founder of Tech Solidarity, a San Francisco nonprofit.
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 …
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Hamburg-based Wunder Mobility, which provides mobility services ranging from carpooling to electric scooter rentals, raises $30M Series B led by KCK Group  —  Wunder Mobility, the Hamburg-based startup that provides a range of mobility services, from carpooling to electric scooter rentals, has raised $30 million in Series B funding.
Thanks:@sohear
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Private equity firm Thoma Bravo buys majority stake in sales automation software company Apttus in a deal expected to close in early October  —  Apttus, a quote-to-cash vendor built on top of the Salesforce platform that looked to be heading toward an IPO in recent years has taken a different tack …

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