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October 11, 2018, 5:35 PM

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Washington Post:
Facebook removes 800+ US-based accounts and pages, some with 100K+ followers, that were spamming people with political messages for profit  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Thursday it has purged more than 800 U.S publishers and accounts for flooding users with politically-oriented content …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Apple to buy a part of Dialog Semiconductor, a chipmaker based out of Europe, for $300M in cash, and will commit $300M in further purchases from the business  —  Apple has quietly been putting considerable effort into building faster and more efficient chips that can help differentiate …
Bloomberg:
Alipay and Tencent say hackers used stolen Apple IDs to access some customer accounts and steal unknown sums of money; Alipay says Apple hasn't fixed the issue  —  - China's top digital wallet didn't say how much was stolen  — Ant Financial and Tencent are working with Apple on the case
Tom Krazit / GeekWire:
Cloud data warehouse vendor Snowflake Computing raises $450M led by Sequoia Capital at a $3.5B valuation, bringing its total raised to $923M  —  In January, after raising $263 million, Snowflake Computing CEO Bob Muglia indicated that the next time his fast-growing cloud data warehousing company tapped …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft rolls out October 2018 update for Xbox One with new avatars, Dolby Vision support for Netflix, and the ability to control Xbox with Alexa or Cortana  —  Microsoft is releasing a significant dashboard update for the Xbox One today.  The new October 2018 update for Xbox brings Microsoft's …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Global PC shipments in Q3 were flat, up 0.1% YoY according to Gartner, as IDC estimates 0.9% decline; Gartner says Microsoft broke into top 5 PC vendors in US  —  The PC market is seeing some very interesting moves this year.  In Q2 2018, global shipments were up for the first time in six years …
New York Times:
Walmart is creating a joint venture with New York-based “interactive storytelling” startup Eko; sources say the investment with Eko is worth $250M  —  Walmart is going Hollywood.  —  The world's largest retailer, in a constant battle with its rival Amazon …
Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:
PayPal partners with Walmart to let users deposit and withdraw cash from their PayPal accounts inside Walmart stores  —  PayPal chief executive Dan Schulman noted that this the first time the two companies are working together in this capacity.  —  PayPal and Walmart have inked …
Tom Krazit / GeekWire:
Microsoft joins the Open Invention Network and cross-licenses over 60,000 patents for other members  —  After years of waging patent war on Google's Linux-based Android mobile operating system, Microsoft agreed Wednesday to join the Open Invention Network and cross-license its more than 60,000 patents to participating members.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Tencent Music is postponing its IPO until at least November because of the selloff in global markets  —  Music streamer and underwriters worried global market selloff would hurt pricing  —  Tencent Music Entertainment Group is postponing its initial public offering until …
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Rob Price / Business Insider:
Legal chatbot service DoNotPay now helps users lock down privacy settings of social media accounts and sue companies that expose users' data through hacks  —  - Automated legal tool DoNotPay is trying to help people lock down their online privacy settings and sue companies that get hacked.
Jamie Rigg / Engadget:
Samsung unveils the mid-range Galaxy A9 with four rear cameras, 6.3-inch display, Snapdragon 660, 128GB storage, and 3,800mAh battery, for €599 in November  —  Google's Pixel 3 reveal came and went earlier this week, bringing us ever closer to the end of new flagship season.
Ian Cutress / AnandTech:
Razer Phone 2 hands-on: Snapdragon 845, 20MP and 8MP dual rear cameras, and Qi Wireless Charging; available for pre-order now from $799  —  When Razer announced its Razer Phone as a ‘gaming smartphone’, a sizeable number scoffed at the idea - how can it be a gaming smartphone if everyone has the same flagship hardware?
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Following Google+ data bug, Google will restrict developer access to Gmail starting Jan. 9 for apps that aren't email or productivity, worrying some developers  —  Some apps will be cut off from all Gmail data, others restricted from selling collected data or from using it to target advertising, Google said Monday

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