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October 17, 2018, 11:50 AM

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Bloomberg:
Twitter has published data sets of millions of tweets, images, videos, and thousands of accounts linked to Russia and Iran meddling for analysis by researchers  —  - Data includes images and videos from thousands of accounts  — Tech firms remain under fire from lawmakers in EU, U.S.
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
Advertisers allege in suit that Facebook didn't disclose key video metric error for over a year and that scale of miscalculation was far worse than understood  —  Facebook knew of problems with how it measured viewership of video ads for more than a year before it revealed them in 2016, according to a complaint filed by advertisers.
Kyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google:
YouTube says it has resolved widespread access issues that also affected YouTube TV and YouTube Music  —  Google's services are ubiquitous enough that it's pretty noteworthy when they go down.  Tonight, it seems multiple services are suffering an outage, including YouTube …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
After saying last week no data collected through Portal would be used to target users with ads, Facebook now says the data can be used to target ads  —  Who you call and what apps you use could determine what ads you see.  —  Facebook announced Portal last week, its take on the in-home …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
In EU, Google to start charging OEMs for Play Store and Google apps, offer separate licenses for Search and Chrome, let OEMs make devices with forked Android  —  Android will still be “free and open source”  —  Google is changing the way it licenses its suite of Android apps in Europe …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Samsung acquires Spanish network analytics company Zhilabs, which uses AI to monitor carriers' network performance and data traffic across myriad services  —  Samsung has announced that it has acquired Zhilabs, a Spanish network analytics company that leverages artificial intelligence (AI) …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google launches Chrome 70 with option to disable linked sign-ins, which are enabled by default, support for PWAs on Windows and an AV1 decoder, and more  —  Google today launched Chrome 70 for Windows, Mac, and Linux.  The release includes an option to disable linking Google site and Chrome sign-ins …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla have announced a unified plan to deprecate the use of TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in their web browsers in early 2020  —  Almost everyone has now migrated to TLS 1.2, and a few have moved to TLS 1.3.  —  Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla have announced …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Twitter bans ~1,500 accounts, source says for spreading misleading election-related content; the “NPC” accounts were 4chan and Reddit users posing as activists  —  Twitter has barred hundreds of right-wing users for posing as soulless, “nonplayable” liberal activists.
Kate Fazzini / CNBC:
Apple rolls out an updated privacy portal website, first trialed in the EU in May, that lets customers search the information Apple has on them  —  - Apple's new privacy website launch fulfills a company promise of making it easier and faster for customers to find what personal information is kept by Apple.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Fitbit Charge 3 review: great design and battery life with reliable workout tracking, but third-party apps and notifications are limited  —  At a distance, the $149.99 Charge 3 looks similar to the Charge 2; it's not quite the same drastic overhaul between the Charge HR and the Charge 2.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google Chromecast 2018 review: still $35, improved design, slightly faster performance, can stream 1080p at 60 fps but not 4K capable, not worth the upgrade  —  Little in the way of new features  —  Google didn't say a word about its newly refreshed Chromecast onstage in New York last week.
More: PCMag
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
After criticism from FCC's Pai and Florida Gov. Scott, Verizon offers 3-month credit to customers hit hardest by Hurricane Michael; AT&T also giving credits  —  Since the landfall of Hurricane Michael last week, Verizon has been under scrutiny for its seemingly poor efforts to restore service in the Florida Panhandle.
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:
Israeli startup Cognata, which provides a true-life simulation platform for autonomous vehicles, raises $18.5M led by Scale Venture Partners  —  Cognata has raised $18.5 million in a funding round led by Scale Venture Partners, fresh capital that the Israeli autonomous simulation startup …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Unifonic, dubbed the “Twilio of emerging markets”, raises $21M Series A led by Saudi Technology Ventures  —  Those of you familiar with the incredible rise of Twilio, which came along to utterly disrupt the communications world, will be interested to hear that another player plans to do the same …
Wall Street Journal:
Profile of Kris Goldsmith, an Army veteran who catalogues questionable Facebook Pages, some with millions of followers and links to Russia and Iran  —  Kris Goldsmith has become the cybersleuth for the Vietnam Veterans of America, hunting fake Facebook pages that sow discord and often have roots overseas
Cate Cadell / Reuters:
Baidu joins the Partnership on AI, led by US companies like Apple and Google, becoming the first Chinese company to join an AI ethics group  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese search engine Baidu Inc (BIDU.O) has become the first Chinese company to join an artificial intelligence (AI) …
More: CNBC and The Verge

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