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September 15, 2018, 10:35 AM

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Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
Sources: prototypes of Google's Dragonfly search engine for China link the search app on users' Android devices to their phone numbers  —  Google built a prototype of a censored search engine for China that links users' searches to their personal phone numbers, thus making it easier …
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed News:
Sources: a list of seven employees who quit Google over Dragonfly, including some engineers with up to 11 years tenure, is circulating inside Google  —  A list that names seven employees who say they quit their jobs at Google over a lack of corporate transparency is circulating within the company's ranks.
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
Mary Meeker and three partners are leaving Kleiner Perkins to form a new firm; sources describe clashes between early and late stage groups at Kleiner Perkins  —  Meeker is leading an exodus in a huge split at one of Silicon Valley's most famous firms.  —  Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Airware, a drone startup that has raised $118M from Andreessen Horowitz, Google's GV, Kleiner Perkins, and others, is shutting down  —  Drone operating system startup Airware today suddenly informed employees it will cease operations immediately despite having raised $118 million from top investors …
Wall Street Journal:
Investigation: North Korean operatives are evading US sanctions and earning millions by using fake identities on services like Github, Slack, and Paypal  —  Hiding behind social-media fake profiles, a group linked to Pyongyang solicited technology work to send hard currency back home
Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed News:
European website finds that a free app is exposing the exact locations of Grindr's 3.6M+ active users via unauthorized access to Grindr's private API  —  The gay dating app Grindr is still exposing the precise location of its more than 3.6 million active users although it has long been aware of the issue.
Chromium Blog:
Google adds support for fingerprint sensors on Android phones and Touch ID on Macs to Chrome 70 beta, allowing developers to use biometrics for authentication  —  Unless otherwise noted, changes described below apply to the newest Chrome Beta channel release for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Windows.
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Anaplan, which makes cloud-based business planning software, has filed for IPO, one week after its CFO joined the company from Tesla, where he was for one month  —  A week ago Dave Morton left Tesla, where he spent just one month, to become chief financial officer of Anaplan.  Now he's preparing for an IPO.
Brian Barrett / Wired:
How The Weather Channel and The Future Group used the Unreal Engine to create a stunning depiction of Hurricane Florence's storm surge  —  AT A CERTAIN point, you think you have a good grasp of what to expect from weather graphics.  A color-coded map, a five-day forecast with a sassy cloud.

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