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October 8, 2018, 8:50 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google+ bug gave outsiders potential access to private data from 2015 to mid-2018; no disclosure made amid fear of blowback and no evidence 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.
Ben Smith / 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 …
CNBC:
LinkedIn acquires employee engagement platform Glint, sources say for more than $400M  —  Microsoft's LinkedIn on Monday announced the acquisition of Glint, snapping up a start-up whose software helps human resources managers understand how workers feel about their employers.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Netflix in final negotiations to buy its first production studio, ABQ Studios in Albuquerque, NM with eight sound stages, says it will create up to 1K jobs/year  —  - Streaming giant is in final talks for New Mexico facility ABQ  — Company to create 1,000 jobs, spend $1 billion on production
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.

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