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September 27, 2018, 12:55 AM

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David Marcus / Facebook:
David Marcus responds to Brian Acton's interview, defending Zuckerberg and his protection of WhatsApp within Facebook, says Acton's attack was “low-class”  —  [Disclaimer: no one at Facebook asked me to post this.  I just had to do it.  And these are my personal views exclusively.]
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 …
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Oculus announces the standalone Oculus Quest, shipping next spring for $399 with touch controllers and 50+ games at launch  —  Opening up the Oculus Connect 5 keynote with some announcements, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that its newest headset, called Oculus Quest …
Kashmir Hill / Gizmodo:
Study: Facebook lets ads target your account using info given for security purposes, like your phone number, as well as info from your friends' address books  —  Last week, I ran an ad on Facebook that was targeted at a computer science professor named Alan Mislove.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Breakdown of the topics covered during Wednesday's US Senate hearing on privacy: big tech prefers federal legislation, Google evades questions on China, more  —  Another day, another hearing of tech giants in Congress.  —  Wednesday's hearing at the Senate Commerce Committee with Apple …
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Ashlee Vance / Bloomberg:
Stripe CEO Patrick Collison says the company has raised $245M at a $20B valuation, up from $9B in November 2016  —  The famed Silicon Valley venture capitalist Reid Hoffman often says that his biggest investing whiff was passing on Stripe Inc. As each year ticks by, it's becoming easier …
CoinDesk:
Crypto mining company Bitmain files for Hong Kong IPO; draft filing shows $2.8B in revenue as of June 30 and $422.05M raised in funding round that ended Aug. 7  —  Bitmain, the Beijing-based cryptocurrency mining giant, has officially filed an application to go public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX).
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Google Maps for Android and iOS now helps you plan group events by adding places to a shortlist, sharing it via messaging services, and voting on the choices  —  If you've ever tried to settle on a place to eat, you know how time-consuming it can be.  If you're not trying to describe each …
Bryan Menegus / Gizmodo:
Amazon's anti-union tactics revealed in leaked 45-minute video that it sent to team leaders at Whole Foods; Amazon says Gizmodo “cherry-picked soundbites”  —  Amazon, the country's second-largest employer, has so far remained immune to any attempts by U.S. workers to form a union.
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 …
Austin Carr / Bloomberg:
Iowa's attorney general says Uber will pay $148M to settle claims from all 50 states related to its 2016 data breach that exposed info of 25M+ US users  —  Uber Technologies Inc. will pay $148 million to settle claims related to a large-scale data breach that exposed the personal information …
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: late 2017 probe of Cameron Poetzscher, a top dealmaker at Uber, found troubling behavior like sexually charged comments; he was censured, then promoted  —  Uber gave Cameron Poetzscher a warning, reduced his bonus and mandated sensitivity coaching after investigation found pattern of sexually suggestive comments

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