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October 5, 2018, 2:25 AM

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Apple:
Apple says it has never found malicious chips in its servers, calls Bloomberg reporters' claims unsubstantiated and untrue, says it is not under a gag order  —  The October 8, 2018 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek incorrectly reports that Apple found “malicious chips” in servers on its network in 2015.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Chinese spies inserted tiny chips onto products from US-based motherboard giant Supermicro to infiltrate ~30 US companies including Amazon and Apple  —  In 2015, Amazon.com Inc. began quietly evaluating a startup called Elemental Technologies, a potential acquisition to help …
Bloomberg:
Amazon, Apple, Supermicro, and the Chinese government issue statements disputing the allegations of Bloomberg Businessweek's hacking story  —  Complete text.  —  In emailed statements, Amazon, Apple, and Supermicro disputed summaries of Bloomberg Businessweek's reporting.
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Sources describe the internal turmoil at Facebook following Joel Kaplan's appearance in support of Brett Kavanaugh during his testimony to Congress last week  —  SAN FRANCISCO — “I want to apologize,” the Facebook executive wrote last Friday in a note to staff.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Instagram begins rolling out Nametag, which displays usernames in a format that can easily be scanned by others  —  It's also testing School Community bios at some US universities  —  Instagram is rolling out a new way to quickly follow people you've met in real life.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Leaked documents show Macs with T2 chips must pass Apple diagnostics, which is limited to internal use by Apple, or be rendered nonfunctional after repair  —  Due to advanced security features of the Apple T2 chip, iMac Pro and 2018 MacBook Pro models must pass Apple diagnostics for certain repairs …
BBC:
US DOJ indicts seven GRU officers with charges relating to cyberattacks on the global chemical weapons watchdog, anti-doping agencies, and a US nuclear company  —  Russian spies have been accused of involvement in a series of cyber-plots across the globe, leading the US to level charges against seven agents.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google says Assistant users can now compare ride-hailing prices and book a ride from Uber, Lyft, Ola, Grab, Go-Jek, and more  —  But you still need your phone to complete the request  —  After announcing some updates to the Google Assistant user experience yesterday, today Google is rolling …
Alex Heath / Cheddar:
In a 15-page internal memo sent in late September, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel sets a goal of reaching full-year profitability in 2019, admits redesign was rushed  —  CEO Evan Spiegel has given Snap Inc. the directive of achieving full-year profitability in 2019 and has refocused the company around …

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