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September 25, 2018, 9:40 PM

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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.
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Kevin Systrom had the CEO title, but Zuckerberg controlled Instagram's destiny, with unwavering focus on building a great business, not simply a great product  —  In the hours after The New York Times broke the story that Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger had resigned from Instagram …
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Source: in recent months, Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives had begun preparing for the possibility that the Instagram co-founders would leave  —  Conflicts included Facebook's tweaks seen as promoting the social network's growth at the expense of the photo-sharing app
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David Faber / CNBC:
Qualcomm expands its lawsuit against Apple, claiming Apple stole source code and chip secrets and gave them to Intel to improve the performance of iPhone chips  —  - Qualcomm hopes the court will amend its allegations to an existing lawsuit against Apple for breaching the so called master software agreement …
Rob Pegoraro / Yahoo! Finance:
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.
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
Former NSA employee Nghia Hoang Pho sentenced to 5.5 years in prison for taking home classified files that were then allegedly stolen by Russian hackers  —  A mysterious hacker clan.  A controversial Russian cybersecurity specialist.  A top-secret developer with sticky fingers.
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.
Washington Post:
Inside the meeting of federal and state law enforcement that signals a willingness to probe tech giants; MS AG: “focus is going to be on antitrust and privacy”  —  A meeting of the country's top federal and state law enforcement officials on Tuesday could presage a series of sweeping …
Daniel Roberts / Yahoo! Finance:
Coinbase announces a new process to more rapidly list digital assets compliant with local law and will now publicly announce new listings only at or near launch  —  announced on Tuesday a new policy for adding assets, and it constitutes a major change for America's biggest cryptocurrency brokerage.
Rachel Kraus / Mashable:
Snapchat partners with TurboVote to put links to register in users' profile pages and partners with some pubs on “swipe up” option, says 80% of US users are 18+  —  Snapchat is the latest social network to roll out a voter registration initiative in the run up to the 2018 midterm elections.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Popular ad blocker uBlock Origin gets the option to block all JavaScript execution on a page by default globally or at a domain-specific level  —  New ad blocker update boosts users' privacy and security with JS execution master switch.  —  uBlock Origin, one of the most popular ad blockers today …

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