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October 5, 2018, 5:25 PM

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Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Questions about Bloomberg's story citing 10+ sources on China hacking, after strong denials by companies mentioned, show limits of national security reporting  —  Today's bombshell Bloomberg story has the internet split: either the story is right, and reporters have uncovered one of the largest …
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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 …
Peter Rudegeair / Wall Street Journal:
Brex, which provides corporate credit cards to other tech startups, raises $125M Series C led by DST Global and Greenoaks, at a valuation of $1.1B  —  Payments companies are hot, but none are hotter than Brex  —  Henrique Dubugras, a 21-year-old Stanford freshman and entrepreneur …
More: PYMNTS.comTweets: @flyosity, @dmitry140, @mdudas, @mims, and @rudegeairThanks:@rafie517
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Study: 80%+ of the Twitter accounts that spread false info during 2016 election are still active, continue to push more than a million tweets per day  —  Enough with the “whack-a-mole” claims that as soon as you ban one fake news site, another one pops up: A report released by Knight …
Steven Musil / CNET:
Samsung forecasts record Q3 operating profit of ~$15.8B, up 20% YoY, and revenue of ~$57.3B, up 5% YoY, on continued strong demand for its memory chips  —  Samsung really appears to be cashing in chips.  —  The South Korea electronics giant said Thursday it expects to record …
Kara Swisher / New York Times:
A look at the Internet Bill of Rights, framed by a Democrat on request by Nancy Pelosi, for how tech and telecom companies should treat Americans online  —  If Democrats win back the House, they promise to start regulating Silicon Valley.  —  Ms. Swisher covers technology and is a contributing opinion writer.
Stacey Higginbotham / Stacey on IoT:
Sources: Walmart is asking companies that want to sell smart home products to make sure those products work with Google Home  —  Walmart is asking companies that want to sell smart home products to make sure those products work with Google Home.  The retailer has instructed potential suppliers …
Srividya Kalyanaraman / BostInno:
Randori, a Boston-based startup that claims to have “industry's first nation-state caliber attack platform” to test corporate networks, raises $9.75M seed round  —  Randori, a startup that claims to be the “industry's first nation-state caliber attack platform,” …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Elastic, a search and data analytics startup, closes up 94.4% on its first day of trading after raising $252M in its IPO and is now valued at about $4.8B  —  - The company offers its technology through cloud providers such as Amazon, but Amazon also represents competition.
Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
Some smaller publishers say they are scaling back or giving up promoting content on Facebook because new rules for promoted posts are unwieldy and capricious  —  When Facebook announced in April that it would create a public database of political advertising, it seemed like a meaningful step …
Kif Leswing / Business Insider:
Facebook has quietly launched its Facebook Lite app, previously available only on Android, on iOS in Turkey  —  - Facebook makes a “lite” version of its app for Android phones that uses less data and battery life and is a smaller download.  — A version for iPhones appears to have quietly launched in Turkey.
More: 9to5Mac, Engadget, and CNETThanks:@kifleswing
Alex Marshall / New York Times:
The National Theatre in London is offering “smart caption glasses” that display live subtitles synchronized by software and transmitted over Wi-Fi  —  LONDON — If you have hearing difficulties, the idea of spending hours watching a play may not be that attractive given the risk of key dialogue slipping from your grasp.

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