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September 5, 2018, 12:15 PM

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US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence:
Livestream of US Senate Hearing on Foreign Influence Operations' Use of Social Media Platforms  —  Witnesses Sheryl Sandberg Chief Operating Officer Facebook Biography Opening Statement Jack Dorsey Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Twitter Biography Opening Statement
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 …
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Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Andrew Perrin / Pew Research Center:
Survey of US adults: 42% took a break from Facebook for several weeks or more, 26% deleted app from their phone, 54% adjusted privacy settings in past 12 months  —  Significant shares of Facebook users have taken steps in the past year to reframe their relationship with the social media platform.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Snap launches new styles of Spectacles 2 with polarized lenses that look more like traditional sunglasses, available today for $199  —  And they've got polarized lenses  —  If the main hangup that's kept you from purchasing Snap's Spectacles has been their design, two new models that the company …
Randall Lane / Forbes:
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 …
Andy / TorrentFreak:
A rogue version of file-hosting platform MEGA's Chrome extension was found to steal user passwords and private keys to cryptocurrency wallets  —  A rogue version of file-hosting platform MEGA's Chrome extension has triggered a major security alert from the company.
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.
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.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
BitTorrent brings uTorrent Web, its web-based client that can play audio and video files before they are downloaded, out of beta  —  BitTorrent today launched a new BitTorrent client: uTorrent Web.  Not to be confused with uTorrent (stylized as µTorrent), and despite what its name might suggest …
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.
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.
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Used clothing marketplace Vinted raises €50M Series D led by Sprints Capital, over two years after the business made radical changes to stay solvent  —  It was May 2016 when Thomas Plantenga got the call.  —  He was living in New York and working on projects with Fabrice Grinda …

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