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September 25, 2018, 12:00 PM

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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Instagram's co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have resigned and plan to leave the company in the coming weeks  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the co-founders of the photo-sharing app Instagram, have resigned and plan to leave the company in the coming weeks …
Kevin Systrom / Instagram:
Kevin Systrom's statement on his and Mike Krieger's departure from Instagram says they plan to take time off “to explore our curiosity and creativity again”  —  Mike and I are grateful for the last eight years at Instagram and six years with the Facebook team.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Sources say Instagram's co-founders are leaving after growing tensions with Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook's leadership over autonomy and product direction  —  Facebook promised Instagram autonomy, but reduced it over time leading to today's bombshell revelation.
David Faber / CNBC:
Qualcomm accuses Apple of allegedly stealing source code and chip secrets and giving them to Intel for improving the performance of Intel chips in iPhones  —  - Qualcomm hopes the court will amend its allegations to an existing lawsuit against Apple for breaching the so called master software agreement …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter announces a new policy around dehumanizing language and says it will now ask everyone for feedback about its policy changes, starting today  —  Twitter says it's going to change the way it creates rules regarding the use of its service to also now include community feedback.
Rob Pegoraro / Yahoo! Finance:
What to expect when Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Charter, Google, and Twitter testify in front of the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday at 10am ET  —  you some popcorn, because another Silicon-Valley-comes-to-Washington drama is on the way.  —  Starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, the
Wall Street Journal:
Sundar Pichai to meet with GOP lawmakers in private meeting Friday to discuss privacy, Google's work with China, and alleged bias in search results  —  Friday's talks to occur amid concerns on Capitol Hill about privacy, China business and allegations of bias against conservatives
Klint Finley / Wired:
A look at Tidelift, a startup described as “Netflix for open source”, that hopes subscription fees will let coders keep open source projects patched and updated  —  HENRY ZHU MAKES software that's crucial to websites you use every day, even if you've never heard of him or his software.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snap begins slow rollout of a new way to search for products on Amazon right from Snapchat, which works by pointing camera at a physical product or barcode  —  See, snap, sale.  In a rare partnership for Amazon, the commerce giant will help Snapchat challenge Instagram and Pinterest for social shopping supremacy.
Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
A look at new Microsoft video conferencing and meeting tech, including a feature, available now, that lets participants blur the background of their location  —  Microsoft let me sit in on the rehearsal for its futuristic “meetings of the future” demo in Orlando.  Here's what I learned.
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
After working with IBM for over a year on a food safety blockchain solution, Walmart says it's pushing produce suppliers to use blockchain by September 2019  —  Walmart has been working with IBM on a food safety blockchain solution and today it announced it's requiring that all suppliers …
Jillian D'Onfro / CNBC:
Google is reversing part of its ban on cryptocurrency-related ads, plans to allow ads from regulated crypto exchanges in the US and Japan, starting in October  —  - Google is reversing part of its sweeping ban on cryptocurrency-related advertising and plans to allow regulated crypto exchanges to buy ads in the United States and Japan.
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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google announces several changes to its search product, Google Feed is rebranded as “Discover”, the homepage on mobile will now show a news feed, more  —  Google Feed is also getting an update, now it's called Discover  —  Google is announcing changes to its search product today …
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Interview with Peter Chou, former HTC CEO who worked alongside Google's Andy Rubin on Android's first phone, the G1  —  The T-Mobile G1 is an iconic device.  But with its slide-out full QWERTY keyboard and a thick chin, it isn't an attractive one.  —  When it debuted a decade ago …
More: Android PoliceThanks:@jeskillings
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
New book about online activity in the 2016 US presidential election argues that targeted cyberattacks by hackers and trolls were decisive in changing outcome  —  A meticulous analysis of online activity during the 2016 campaign makes a powerful case that targeted cyberattacks by hackers and trolls were decisive.

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