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September 22, 2018, 5:45 PM

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Washington Post:
White House says draft EO ordering probes into practices of Facebook and Google is not an official document; sources: Yelp contacted WH aides with the draft EO  —  The White House sought to distance itself Saturday from reports that President Trump is considering an executive order …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple delayed launch of a streaming video service twice, most recently until March, and spiked a Dr. Dre series as it seeks less edgy content  —  The tech giant wants to make scripted shows for streaming, only without violence, politics and risqué story lines
Ina Fried / Axios:
In internal email after WSJ report, Google CEO Pichai denied efforts to politically bias search results, reaffirmed Google should remain politically neutral  —  Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent a company-wide email Friday, which Axios obtained, denying any effort to politically bias …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Latvian hacker sentenced to 14 years in prison for creating and running Scan4You service that allowed malware authors to check the detection rates of their code  —  Ruslan Bondars run a “VirusTotal-for-crooks” operation from 2009 to 2017.  —  Ruslan Bondars, a 37-year-old man from Latvia …
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Megan Farokhmanesh / The Verge:
Telltale Games, which makes games based on franchises such as Jurassic Park and Batman, lays off most of its staff, keeps 25 to begin “majority studio closure”  —  Telltale Games, creators of episodic adventure games like The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, and Batman …
Casey Newton / The Interface:
Lately @Twitter account became more playful in its interactions with users; Twitter says it's part of an effort to promote healthy conversations on the platform  —  On Friday morning, Twitter posted a single word to its Twitter account: “The.”  Average users began replying, telling a story one word at a time.
Nyay Bhushan / Hollywood Reporter:
Q&A: Amazon Prime Video India head Vijay Subramaniam on Indian content for worldwide audiences, sparking conversation, and passing on film production for now  —  Led by Vijay Subramaniam, the service has been aggressively ramping up its slate with a mix of fiction and unscripted shows …
iFixit:
Teardown reveals iPhone XS has a notched L-shaped battery, iPhone XS Max has an extended logic board with an Apple-designed power management chip  —  Tools Featured in this Teardown … Introduction  —  Last year's iPhone X had a weird name and the most advanced internals we'd ever seen in a teardown.
Mariella Moon / Engadget:
NextVR now supports Oculus Rift and Oculus Go for its live sports and entertainment broadcasts  —  NextVR provides access to immersive sports and entertainment broadcasts for a number of virtual reality headsets, but it had a huge Oculus-shaped gap in its compatibility list.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter says it fixed a bug that sent some users' direct messages from their interactions with business accounts to third-party developers, since May 2017  —  Twitter said that a “bug” sent user's private direct messages to third-party developers “who were not authorized to receive them.”

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