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September 6, 2018, 12:10 PM

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DOJ to announce hacking charges against a North Korean government spy, linked to the Lazarus Group, in connection with the 2014 Sony hack  —  The Justice Department will announce computer hacking charges Thursday against a North Korean government spy in connection with the 2014 attack …
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Lyft launches a fleet of around 350 electric scooters in Denver, its first market, available for $1+ from 6AM to 8PM daily  —  The company is playing catch-up in a flush market, but it believes it can win by playing nice with cities  —  Lyft is the latest company to jump on the shared-scooter bandwagon …
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Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Sources: Apple has considered the name “iPhone Xs Max” for the 6.5-inch model; both Xs and Xs Max will have 4GB RAM, up from 3GB, and dual SIM options  —  Last week 9to5Mac exclusively shared the first look at the new iPhone Xs models due to be officially announced by Apple on September 12.
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Mehedi Hassan / Thurrott.com:
Microsoft begins testing Cortana and Alexa support for the Xbox One, letting users power the console on and off and start games and apps  —  Microsoft's Xbox One is getting a whole lot easier to use.  The company today announced a new Xbox Skill for Cortana and Amazon Alexa …
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Insight Venture Partners buys content management platform Episerver for $1.1B from the private equity firm Accel-KKR  —  Episerver, the Irvine, California-based company which provides services for marketers to manage content, was bought by Insight Venture Partners for a cool $1.1 billion from the private equity firm Accel-KKR.
Fathin Ungku / Reuters:
Facebook says it will invest more than $1B to build its first Asian data center in Singapore, slated to open in 2022  —  SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Facebook (FB.O) said on Thursday it will invest more than $1 billion to build its first data centre in Asia in Singapore, slated to open in 2022.
The Intercept:
Interviews and documents show IBM used NYPD surveillance footage in 2012 to develop object identification tech that could search by skin color and more  —  In the decade after the 9/11 attacks, the New York City Police Department moved to put millions of New Yorkers under constant watch.
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Monese, which provides a mobile-only current account targeting customers with a thin credit file, raises $60M Series B led by Kinnevik  —  The large amounts of cash that is being invested in challenger banks in the U.K., whether that be startups with a fully fledged banking license or those using …
More: Telegraph
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Location marketing startup Uberall raises $25M led by HPE Growth Capital, adding to the $25M Series B raised earlier this year, and acquires competitor Navads  —  Berlin-based location marketing startup Uberall has raised a further $25 million in funding — adding to a $25 million Series B raised earlier …
More: Tech.eu
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Upwork, a marketplace for freelance developers, writers, and others, files for an IPO on Nasdaq and says it had $228M in revenue from June 2017-2018  —  Another tech IPO is coming around the corner in what has been a strong year for startups taking the plunge and going public.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
A look at the potential antitrust cases against Google, Amazon, Uber, and Facebook and what they might look like if they lost  —  Antitrust crusaders have built up serious momentum in Washington, but so far, it's all been theory and talk.  Groups like Open Markets have made a strong case that big companies …
Chris Ip / Engadget:
How 30+ popular tech companies, from social networks to dating apps, responded to requests for personal data; how they interpret that data remains opaque  —  Here's what they gave us — and what they didn't.  —  The average American, one study tell us, touches their phone 2,600 times per day.
Eudora Wang / China Money Network:
Chinese fresh produce e-commerce platform MissFresh raises $450M Series D led by Goldman Sachs and Tencent  —  Goldman Sachs Investment Partners and Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings Limited lead a US$450 million financing round in Chinese fresh produce e-commerce platform MissFresh.

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