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October 12, 2018, 5:05 PM

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Guy Rosen / Facebook:
First results of breach investigation: large-scale attack on Sept. 14-27 accessed info of ~29M people; other Facebook apps or third-party apps not affected  —  We have been working around the clock to investigate the security issue we discovered and fixed two weeks ago so we can help people understand …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Google's Home Hub doesn't run Android Things, the platform Google purposely built for IoT products like smart displays, but uses Google's Cast platform instead  —  Google built a platform for smart displays and then didn't use it in the Home Hub.  —  On Tuesday, Google announced the Google Home Hub …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Fb.gg online gaming hub expands to mobile with the launch of the beta version of a standalone Android app  —  This summer, Facebook launched Fb.gg, its online gaming hub and Twitch competitor, designed to attract game streamers and their fans to watch videos on Facebook instead of on rival sites.
More: Engadget and SlashGear
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
A flood of fake Adobe Flash installers are reportedly installing XMRig, an open source crypto mining malware that siphons generated funds to a Monero wallet  —  If you think that Flash, the once-popular web plugin, couldn't die fast enough, even those annoying fake Flash installers riddled …
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
ANGI Homeservices, owner of Angie's List and HomeAdvisor, to acquire Handy, a startup for on-demand cleaning and other home services; Handy has raised $115M  —  ANGI Homeservices, the parent company of Angie's List's and HomeAdvisors, is acquiring Handy, a New York-based startup that provides cleaning and other home services.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo says it reached ~30M daily searches, up 50% YoY, after taking seven years to reach 10M/day  —  Some nice momentum for privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo which has just announced it's hit 30 million daily searches a year after reaching 20M — a year-on-year increase of 50%.
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 purged more than 800 U.S. publishers and accounts for flooding users with politically-oriented spam …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Third-gen Echo Dot review: sound is surprisingly loud and rich, has improved aesthetics, and the ability to pair two Dots in stereo is nice, but bass is lacking  —  The cheap Echo is no longer a bad speaker  —  I'm going to cut right to the chase: the new Echo Dot smart speaker is so much better …
More: CNETTweets: @backlon
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Screenshots in Messenger's Android code suggest Facebook is testing an “unsend” feature it promised after getting caught removing Zuckerberg's sent messages  —  In April, TechCrunch broke the news that some of Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook messages were deleted from recipients' inboxes …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook rolls out Facebook 3D photos that use AI to add make-believe depth to iPhone portrait mode shots  —  What if you could peek behind what's in your photos, like you're moving your head to see what's inside a window?  That's the futuristic promise of Facebook 3D photos.

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