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September 22, 2018, 6:20 AM

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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 …
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 …
The Intercept:
Sources: Google made staff delete memo that said Dragonfly required logins to search, tracked location, and gave Chinese partner unilateral access to data  —  Google bosses have forced employees to delete a confidential memo circulating inside the company that revealed explosive details …
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.”
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.
Jonathan Huang / Google Developers Blog:
Google announces new experimental Daydream VR features for developers: support for all Android apps, new 6DoF controllers, and a see-through mode  —  Posted by Jonathan Huang, Senior Product Manager, Google AR/VR  —  Since we first launched Daydream, developers have responded by creating virtual reality …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
PayPal says it has banned all Infowars-related sites for promoting hate or discriminatory intolerance against certain communities and religions  —  PayPal will no longer do business with Infowars, according to a post on the conspiracy theory site this morning.
Colin Harper / Bitcoin Magazine:
Ethereum-based decentralized exchange Bancor to launch BancorX, an extension of its protocol to EOS blockchain that will allow cross-blockchain conversions  —  In a bid to extend the reach of its services, Bancor is opening up shop on another blockchain.  —  The decentralized exchange protocol …
Alex Barinka / Bloomberg:
Luxury clothing marketplace Farfetch closes up 42% on its first day of trading, after raising $885M in its IPO; Farfetch is now valued at $8.2B  —  - Shares rise as investors bet on $8,287 coats, $980 sneakers  — CEO Neves seeks to further customize site for regional tastes
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed News:
Profile of Marc Randazza, a free speech advocate and lawyer who tries to limit social media platforms' ability to act against hateful and abusive content  —  The new speech wars are a push and pull between individuals, governments, and platforms.  At the center of this is attorney Marc Randazza …
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Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Amazon unveils Echo Auto, a $49.99 dash mounted in-car accessory that puts Alexa in any car with an aux jack and gives directions using Waze  —  As Amazon noted at today's event, the company has already been working with a number of car companies bring Alexa to vehicles.
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