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October 8, 2018, 6:00 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google+ bug gave outsiders potential access to private profile data from 2015 to mid-2018; no disclosure made amid fear of blowback and lack of misuse  —  Google opted not to disclose to users its discovery of a bug that gave outside developers access to private data.  It found no evidence of misuse.
The Keyword:
In the wake of WSJ story, Alphabet shuts down Google+ for consumers, debuts more granular Google Account permissions, adds restrictions to Gmail API  —  Many third-party apps, services and websites build on top of our various services to improve everyone's phones, working life, and online experience.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook debuts video chat devices for home: the $199 Portal with a 10" screen and $349 Portal+ with a 15.6" swiveling screen; preorders today, ships November  —  Facebook's first hardware product combines Alexa (and eventually Google Assistant) with a countertop video chat screen that zooms to always keep you in frame.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Facebook's Portals have support for Alexa, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Facebook Watch, but there's no browser or ability to check Facebook or Messages  —  As Facebook works to contain the fallout from its biggest-ever data breach, the company is introducing a product that will bring a camera and microphone into your living room.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils Project xCloud, a game streaming service designed to work across consoles, PCs, and mobile devices, available for public trials in 2019  —  Available for public trials in 2019  —  Microsoft is unveiling its game streaming service for the first time today.
Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
Intel unveils 9th-gen Core i5, i7, and i9 chips including the i9-9900K (8-core) for gaming; preorders start today, ships October 19  —  Among many of Intel's announcements today, a key one for a lot of users will be the launch of Intel's 9th Generation Core desktop processors …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn acquires employee engagement platform Glint, which had raised nearly $80M to date  —  LinkedIn, the social network for the working world with close to 600 million users and now under the wing of Microsoft, has announced an acquisition as it continues to work on expanding the ways that people already on the platform use it.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Why it is basically impossible to secure supply chains from attacks like the alleged Chinese embedded chip hack, and how we can mitigate the consequences  —  From time to time, there emerge cybersecurity stories of such potential impact that they have the effect of making …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Google adds a new automated closed captions feature to Google Slides to create real-time subtitles from verbal presentations  —  Google is adding a new automated closed captions feature to its Google Slides presentation program, one that creates real-time subtitles from the spoken word.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Netflix is in final negotiations to purchase an eight sound stage production studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico, says it will create up to 1,000 jobs per year  —  - Streaming giant is in final talks for New Mexico facility ABQ  — Company to create 1,000 jobs, spend $1 billion on production
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Echo Show 2018 review: improved sound quality, bigger screen, and software easier to use, but no hardware shutter to block the camera, poor YouTube experience  —  New screen, same Show  —  After being confined to an audio-only experience for over two years, Amazon's Alexa assistant …

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