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September 26, 2018, 10:35 AM

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Parmy Olson / Forbes:
WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton talks about why he gave up $850M to quit Facebook early and his differences with Zuckerberg and Sandberg over monetization  —  hatsApp cofounder Brian Acton, 46, sits in a cafe of the glitzy Four Seasons Hotel in Palo Alto, California, and the only way you'd guess …
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 …
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Zach Koch / The Keyword:
Google says that in Chrome 70, coming mid-October, it will allow users to disable linking Google website and Chrome sign-ins  —  We recently made a change to simplify the way Chrome handles sign-in.  Now, when you sign into any Google website, you're also signed into Chrome with the same account.
Will Oremus / Slate:
Sources at media outlets say they're seeing little to no ad revenue from Apple News despite huge traffic growth  —  The world's most valuable company is wooing the media with a human touch and a huge audience.  One thing it hasn't delivered: money.  —  In the years leading up to the 2016 U.S. election …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft announces that it is enabling keyboard and mouse support on the Xbox One, rolling out first to Xbox Insiders in the coming weeks  —  Game developers will have to enable the support  —  Microsoft is enabling keyboard and mouse support on the Xbox One.
U.S. Senate Committee On Commerce …:
Livestream of US Senate hearing on “Examining Safeguards for Consumer Data Privacy” with testimony from AT&T, Amazon, Google, Twitter, Apple, and Charter  —  U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation …
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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.
Motherboard:
Former Facebook content moderator sues the company for allegedly failing to protect her and others as they viewed violent videos and images, says it led to PTSD  —  In the class action lawsuit, the woman says that thousands of content moderators are subjected to “highly toxic” content as part of the job.
David Canellis / The Next Web:
One-third of all tokens launched via an ICO in 2017-18 are not listed on any exchanges, despite half completing their funding rounds last year  —  Despite investors dropping a whopping $12 billion into Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) in the past year, 70 percent of cryptocurrencies outside …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed News:
Safari's Siri Suggested Websites feature found promoting conspiracy sites and misinformation; Apple says it removes any inappropriate suggestions when notified  —  Apple's Safari, one of the internet's most popular web browsers, has been surfacing debunked conspiracies, shock videos …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Instana, an application performance monitoring (APM) service with a focus on modern containerized services, raises $30M Series C led by Meritech Capital  —  Instana, an application performance monitoring (APM) service with a focus on modern containerized services, today announced that it has raised a $30 million Series C funding round.
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.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
The News Media Association, which represents British newspapers including The Guardian, has called on the UK govt to levy a tax on tech giants to fund the press  —  News Media Association says Google and Facebook should fund the journalism from which they profit
Ujjwal Pugalia / Amazon Web Services:
AWS announces that YubiKey can now be used as a multi-factor authentication (MFA) device to sign into the AWS management console  —  AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) best practice is to require all IAM and root users in your account to sign into the AWS Management Console with multi-factor authentication (MFA).
Rose Behar / Android Police:
Instagram adds notifications to its web apps and Instagram Lite, which is still in testing  —  If you use Instagram's mobile web app, then you've likely been waiting patiently for the addition of notifications since it launched in the first half of 2017.  That wait is finally over.

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