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October 9, 2018, 10:00 AM

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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.
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Hardware security expert Joe Fitzpatrick, a named source in Bloomberg's China spy chip investigation, casts doubt on the story's accuracy  —  Security researcher Joe Fitzpatrick, one of the few sources named in Bloomberg Businessweek's bombshell Chinese hack investigation …
Financial Times:
The president of Sony has confirmed that the company is working on a successor to the PlayStation 4, but declined to formally name it the “PlayStation 5”  —  The president of Sony has confirmed that the company is working on a successor to the PlayStation 4 …
Naomi Nix / Bloomberg:
Google says it has decided not to compete for a DoD cloud contract worth potentially $10B, citing poor bidding process and potential conflict with its AI values  —  - Company says cloud deal may clash with its values on AI  — Google also criticizes plan to pick a single winner among bids
Guilherme Rambo / 9to5Mac:
Sources: 2018 iPad Pro models to sport thin bezels with no notch, will support Face ID in both portrait and landscape; new Pencil will have proximity pairing  —  Apple is widely expected to hold an event this month to introduce new 2018 iPad Pro models, new Macs, and more.
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.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Saheli Roy Choudhury / CNBC:
Microsoft says it will invest in ride-hailing company Grab as part of a strategic partnership on big data, AI, cloud services, more; the amount is undisclosed  —  - Tech giant Microsoft said it will invest an undisclosed sum into Singapore-based ride-sharing company Grab as part of a strategic partnership.
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
Sources: some advertisers are moving over half of their budget for Google search to Amazon ads instead, amounting to a shift of hundreds of millions of dollars  —  - In some cases, brands are moving 50 to 60 percent of their Google Search ad budgets to Amazon, two media agencies noted.
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Wunderlist's founders raise $19M Series A for Pitch, a presentation tool they plan to launch by summer 2019  —  Microsoft's Powerpoint today has over 1 billion installs, 500 million users, and some 95 percent market share, making it the most ubiquitous presentation software in the world.
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.

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