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September 24, 2018, 11:00 AM

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Michael Sheetz / CNBC:
SiriusXM to acquire Pandora in a $3.5B all-stock deal  —  Satellite radio company SiriusXM is acquiring music streaming service Pandora in a $3.5 billion all-stock deal, the companies announced Monday.  —  Pandora shares rose 14.4 percent in premarket trading from Friday's close of $9.09 a share …
Matthew Green / A Few Thoughts …:
Thoughts on why Chrome 69's forced login behavior is so bad: when Google silently changes its biggest user-facing privacy option, it risks burning users' trust  —  This blog is mainly reserved for cryptography, and I try to avoid filling it with random “someone is wrong on the Internet” posts.
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Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Former ProPublica reporters are starting The Markup, a news site to investigate big tech, with a $20M gift from Craigslist's Craig Newmark and other funding  —  The Markup, dedicated to investigating technology and its effect on society, will be led by two former ProPublica journalists.
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:
Walmart says 17,000+ Oculus Go headsets will be used in its US stores by end of year to train its employees, in an expansion of a pre-existing program  —  Walmart said it is using the headsets to train within three key areas: new technology, compliance, and soft skills like empathy and customer service.
Adam Satariano / New York Times:
Behind the rise of app-only banks in the UK and Europe, where favorable regulations and an influx of venture capital have fueled their growth  —  LONDON — Greg Stevenson was trying to refinance the mortgage on his four-bedroom home in eastern England when things started going awry.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Tile appoints GoPro COO CJ Prober as new CEO, announces investment from Comcast; sources: “sizable investment” was at a higher valuation than previous round  —  There's a changing of the guard, and a new strategic partnership, over at Tile, the startup that helps you keep tabs …
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
Eric Schmidt says the internet will bifurcate in the next 10-15 years into a Chinese-led internet, with fewer freedoms and more censorship, and one led by US  —  - Speaking at a private event hosted by Village Global VC yesterday night, tech luminary and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt predicted …
Aradhana Aravindan / Reuters:
Singapore fines Grab and Uber $9.5M over merger, outlines measures that it is says will spur competition and lessen the deal's impact on drivers and riders  —  SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore's anti-trust watchdog fined ride-hailing firms Grab and Uber a combined S$13 million ($9.5 million) …
Komal Gupta / Livemint:
WhatsApp appoints grievance officer to curb fake news in India  —  WhatsApp India's grievance officer, Komal Lahiri, who was appointed last month, will be based in the US  —  New Delhi: Facebook Inc.-owned messaging service WhatsApp has appointed a grievance officer for India …

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