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September 13, 2018, 3:40 PM

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New York Times:
Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is better prepared to fight election interference, catalogs the steps the company has taken to prevent a repeat of 2016  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg began the year by promising to make Facebook safer from election interference around the world.
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
The iPhone XR is neatly segmented primarily by virtue of being close enough to the best to be a force in the market for years to come  —  Apple released a new flagship iPhone yesterday, the iPhone XS.  This isn't exactly ground-breaking news: it is exactly what the company has done for eleven years now …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Bloomberg:
Sources describe Larry Page as more withdrawn than ever, with his immersion in tech solutions of tomorrow distracting him from the problems Google faces today  —  Larry Page was a no-show.  The co-founder and de facto leader of Google is famous for his wild bets on airborne taxis and space elevators …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announces $2B Bezos Day One Fund, which will create a network of nonprofit preschools and fund charities that help homeless families  —  A year after asking for suggestions on philanthropy, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is unveiling his first projects.
Ainsley Harris / Fast Company:
Profile of Arlan Hamilton, founder of Backstage Capital, which is focused on underrepresented founders and is launching a $36M fund for black women founders  —  Backstage in the greenroom of the podcast festival where she's scheduled to appear, Arlan Hamilton is quietly singing the lyrics to Janet Jackson's “Control.”
Jillian D'Onfro / CNBC:
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
European Court of Human Rights rules that some aspects of a former UK mass surveillance regime, including bulk data collection, violated human rights law  —  In another blow to the UK government's record on bulk data handling for intelligence purposes the European Court of Human Rights …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Four major US carriers detail “Project Verify” for letting web sites authenticate users via data unique to a customer's phone and mobile subscriber account  —  The four major U.S. wireless carriers today detailed a new initiative that may soon let Web sites eschew passwords …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
For Curated Our Stories, Snapchat enlists 20 news partners, including CNN, Cosmopolitan, and NBC, to aggregate user-generated content in the Discover section  —  Snapchat is letting more than 20 news partners create curated “stories” with user-generated content from its platform as part …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: two years before it was hacked, Equifax told the FBI of suspicions that company data including code and HR files may have been stolen by Chinese spies  —  The credit-reporting company went to the FBI with its suspicions—then the investigation stalled
Rob Copeland / Wall Street Journal:
Profile of Olaf Carlson-Wee, who turned $14K into $150M by betting on cryptocurrency, and his fund Polychain Capital, which earned investors 2,303% last year  —  Now running the world's largest crypto hedge fund, the 29-year-old says he is undeterred by recent losses
New York Times:
A look at how game apps track kids' data as a lawsuit accuses Google and Twitter ad businesses, and a popular app maker, of violating children's privacy law  —  A lawsuit by New Mexico's attorney general accuses a popular app maker, as well as online ad businesses run by Google and Twitter, of violating children's privacy law.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Douglas Busvine / Reuters:
Brave, with two co-plaintiffs, file GDPR complaints in UK and Ireland against Google and “others”, seeking probe into behavioral ad practices exposing user data  —  COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - Brave, a privacy-focused web browser set up by Silicon Valley engineering guru Brendan Eich …

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