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September 24, 2018, 9:00 AM

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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.
Bálint's extended musings:
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 …
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.
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 …
David Stanway / Reuters:
China has shut down 4,000+ websites and online accounts, removed 147,000 pieces of information during its three-month campaign against “harmful” content  —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has shut down more than 4,000 websites and online accounts in a three-month campaign against …

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Smartsheet:
Strategies for shutting down SaaS sprawl  —  Managing a chaos of apps steals focus away from IT leaders who are increasingly helping to drive business.  Read the report.
TWiT.tv:
Protect Yourself from SIM Jacking  —  SIMjacker allows attackers to hijack any phone just by sending it an SMS message.  Steve Gibson explains how it works on the Security Now podcast.
Zoho:
Six ways to use shapes to create a compelling presentation in Zoho Show  —  Ideas come in all shapes and sizes—be it an extra fold to help your paper plane fly a few inches further, or an equation that changes …
AWS Startups:
How Daivergent Is Helping Autistic People with Careers in Tech  —  Founded in 2017 by Byron Dai and Rahul Mahida, Daivergent's platform connects AI companies with high-volume data needs to a remote workforce comprised of people with autism.
Google Fi:
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TechCrunch Disrupt SF:
Will Smith and Ang Lee are coming to Disrupt SF this October 2-4  —  We'll talk to Lee and Smith about what it was like working with these effects, and how else they could change the way movies get made.
Intel:
Here's how Intel is powering breakthrough research in astronomy, medicine, AI and beyond  —  Fastest supercomputer in academia - Frontera, is based on 2nd generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.

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