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September 11, 2018, 11:20 PM

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Sara Salinas / CNBC:
In a letter, the FCC has told Sprint and T-Mobile that it needs more time to review their proposed merger  —  - The agency has paused an “informal” 180-day transaction clock “to allow for thorough staff and third-party review” of recently submitted materials.
Ina Fried / Axios:
Verizon says its wireless 5G home broadband service will launch Oct. 1 in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento starting at $50/mo after free trial  —  Verizon announced that, starting Thursday, customers in its four 5G launch markets will be able to sign up for Internet service.
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.
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.
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 …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
eBay open sources HeadGaze, an ARKit-based tool that uses the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera to help visually impaired users interact with apps via head movements  —  eBay has lifted the lid on new technology that helps physically impaired users interact with their iPhone X screen through head movements.
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
US federal judge rules that a pair of allegedly fraudulent ICOs may fall under securities laws, allowing the criminal case to proceed to trial next year  —  A U.S. federal judge has ruled that a pair of reportedly fraudulent initial coin offerings fall under securities laws.
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:
Comma.ai's George Hotz steps down as CEO, joins new Comma.ai research division focusing on building out AI models for cars; new CEO to be named Friday  —  A new CEO will be named Friday.  —  7 hours  —  Comma.ai's board, of which founder George Hotz is the only member …
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Before EU's top court, the EU's executive arm joined Google in opposing expanding “right to be forgotten” beyond EU; a non-binding court opinion expected Dec 11  —  European Commission argued that a global application would stretch privacy laws beyond their intended scope
Joseph Pisani / Associated Press:
Amazon to sell $115 7-foot Fraser firs, per an Amazon holiday preview book, and other holiday plants, offering preorders, with some trees to have Prime shipping  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Watch out for the 7-foot box on the doorstep.  Amazon plans to sell and ship fresh, full-size Christmas trees this year.
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.
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
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Tesla's wireless smartphone charger with 6,000 mAh battery and 5W of output, which quickly went out of stock last month, is back on its US online store for $49  —  The charger now costs $49, down from $65  —  Tesla has started informing customers that its wireless smartphone charger …

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