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September 11, 2018, 4:10 PM

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Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
RiskIQ report on British Airways data breach links it to Magecart group, active since 2015, which used tactics similar to their recent Ticketmaster breach  —  ON FRIDAY, BRITISH Airways disclosed a data breach impacting customer information from roughly 380,000 booking transactions made between August 21 and September 5 of this year.
Rani Molla / Recode:
A look at the rising prevalence of Amazon ads, as report suggests share of Amazon product page views that come from sponsored ads has roughly doubled YoY to 8%  —  Amazon-sponsored product ads have been around since 2012.  But lately, as the company has invested in growing its advertising business, they've become more aggressive.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
ThinkProgress alleges censorship after its story on Kavanaugh's approach to abortion was deemed “false” by the Weekly Standard, a Facebook fact-checking partner  —  A perfect example of how Facebook is catering to conservatives.  —  Last year, Facebook announced that it would partner …
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Packet, a New York City-based bare metal cloud hosting startup that is taking on rivals like AWS and Azure, raises $25M Series B led by Third Point Ventures  —  In a world where large hyperscale companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Google dominate the public cloud, it would seem foolhardy …
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
In arguments before the EU's top court, the EU's executive arm joined Google and free-speech advocates to oppose expanding the “right to be forgotten” beyond EU  —  European Commission argued that a global application would stretch privacy laws beyond their intended scope
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
Opendoor acquires Open Listings, which automates much of the home sales process, in its first acquisition as sources say funding from SoftBank is imminent  —  Opendoor, a four year-old, San Francisco-based company, has from the outset intended to make it possible to buy and sell residential real estate with a few key strokes.
Hayley Peterson / Business Insider:
Interviews with 31 current and former delivery drivers for Amazon's third-party partners describe missing or late pay, no health insurance, pace pressure, more  —  - Business Insider spoke with 31 current or recently employed drivers about what it's like to deliver packages for Amazon.
Reuters:
Japan-based Renesas, the second-biggest supplier of chips used in cars, has agreed to buy US-based wireless chip maker Integrated Device Technology for ~$6.7B  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics Corp (6723.T) said on Tuesday it had agreed to buy U.S. peer Integrated …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple's iPhone event will be live streamed on Twitter for the first time  —  Apple's iPhone press event will be live streamed on Twitter for the first time, TechCrunch has confirmed.  This news backs up an earlier report from last month, which claimed Apple would expand the ability to watch …
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg:
Amazon says sales from Amazon Business, its business-to-business platform that launched in 2015, hit an annualized rate of $10B globally  —  - Business-to-business platform launched three years ago  — Customers include schools, hospitals and corporations
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
PayPal debuts Funds Now, instant payouts for sellers on its platform, following similar functionality brought by rivals like Stripe  —  PayPal, now with 19.5 million businesses and 250 million customers using its payment rails to sell and buy goods and services, is today taking the wraps off …
More: Engadget
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
VC firm Felicis Ventures says it will earmark 1% of every investment for “founder development”, including therapy sessions, leadership coaching, and more  —  Startup culture has long conditioned entrepreneurs to project a public image of “crushing it” at all costs.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Today's smart home is better described as a remote-controlled home; more data and better interoperability between IoT devices is needed for a truly “smart” home  —  Today you can have a fully connected home complete with sensors to monitor temperature, humidity, air quality …
More: TechHive
HuffPost India:
Investigation: hackers have disabled security features of India's Aadhaar enrollment service with a ~$35 software patch, making it possible to create fake IDs  —  Skilled hackers disabled security features of Aadhaar enrolment software, circulated hack on Whatsapp
James Vincent / The Verge:
Q&A with the co-creator of Anatomy of an AI System artwork that maps three central processes powering an Amazon Echo: material resources, human labor, and data  —  Welcome to the ‘Anatomy of an AI System’  —  That the modern world is a complex place will not have escaped your notice.
Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss / Reuters:
NY regulator approves its first stablecoins; the digital currencies, strictly pegged to US dollar on a one-to-one basis, come from Paxos and Winklevoss' Gemini  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York state's Department of Finiancial Services on Monday approved Gemini Trust Company's …

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