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October 18, 2018, 10:15 AM

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Kevin Roose / New York Times:
How a loophole in Facebook's political ad review system, letting verified buyers put anything in the “paid for by” field, has been weaponized in a Virginia race  —  A competitive race in Virginia's 10th Congressional District has an alarming new element: anonymous attack ads on Facebook.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter says it will show whether a tweet was deleted by the user who posted it or because Twitter took an action, starting in the coming weeks  —  Twitter is making a change to how its tweet reporting procedures will work.  Before, Twitter had experimented with both showing or hiding …
Bloomberg:
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook tentatively finds that the hack affecting 30M users was perpetrated by spammers posing as a digital marketing company, not by a nation-state  —  Facebook Inc. FB .40% believes that the hackers who gained access to the private information of 30 million of its users …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
A close look at the suit against Facebook on video metrics and a look back at many statements from publishers pivoting to video as Facebook touted the medium  —  “It will probably be all video.”  —  In June 2016, Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook's VP for Europe, the Middle East and Africa …
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
Spotify announces a standalone app for Wear OS that lets users control and browse music, rolling out over the next week  —  Browse, play, and add songs to your library from Spotify's new on-wrist app.  —  Wear OS gains a popular new app today that many have been waiting for …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Andy Rubin's Essential confirms layoffs; sources say it's almost a third of its workforce, primarily from the startup's hardware and sales divisions  —  Essential Products Inc., the startup founded by Android creator Andy Rubin, has cut almost a third of its employees.  —  “This has been a difficult decision to make.
Financial Times:
Softbank COO says “there is no certainty” that there will be another Vision Fund, as the firm is “anxiously looking” at fallout from Khashoggi's disappearance  —  SoftBank has voiced its doubts about the likelihood of a second $100bn Vision Fund for the first time …
Laura Stevens / Wall Street Journal:
Following a cease-and-desist letter sent in early October, eBay sues Amazon, accusing it of illegally poaching eBay sellers via eBay's internal messaging system  —  Lawsuit claims Amazon infiltrated and exploited eBay's internal member email system to recruit high-value sellers

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