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October 19, 2018, 7:55 AM

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Sam Levin / The Guardian:
As Facebook promotes its “war room” and efforts to fight interference, a study of disinformation on WhatsApp during Brazil's election shows more could be done  —  Corporation shows off room of engineers, data scientists and other experts but offers reporters few new specifics
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New York Times:
A look at how SoftBank, whose Vision Fund received $45B from Saudi Arabia, is handling the growing crisis over Khashoggi's disappearance  —  Since the disappearance and apparent killing of a dissident journalist in a Saudi Arabian consulate, some of the most powerful figures in business are distancing themselves from the kingdom.
NBC News:
Source: Twitter suspended hundreds of accounts for violating spam rules; the accounts had posted pro-Saudi Arabia tweets about the disappearance of Khashoggi  —  Twitter became aware of some of the bots on Thursday when NBC News presented the company with evidence of coordinated activity.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple sends out invites for an event on October 30 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City, where updated iPads and MacBooks are expected  —  Apple today sent out media invites for a second major 2018 event set to be held in New York City on Tuesday, October 30 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House.
Stan Higgins / CoinDesk:
Chicago Mercantile Exchange report shows Bitcoin futures have continually risen through Q3 2018, with average daily volume up 41% since Q2  —  Average daily volumes for bitcoin futures trading saw a significant jump in the third quarter compared to the last period, according to CME Group.
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
The SEC launches FinHub, a new division to help fintech startups, including those launching ICOs, navigate the legal implications of their products  —  The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is launching a new division with the goal of making it simpler for fintech startups …
Kate Rooney / CNBC:
PayPal reports Q3 revenues of $3.68B, up 14% YoY, vs. $3.66B est., net income of $436M, up from $380M YoY  —  - Analysts had expected earnings of 54 cents per share and revenue of $3.66 billion, according to Refinitiv forecasts.  — Stifel analyst Scott Devitt expects investors to focus …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon says Whisper Mode for Alexa is rolling out to all users in the US and works in US English  —  At Amazon's Alexa event last month in Seattle, the company teased a new feature soon coming to its voice assistant: the ability to whisper.  The company demonstrated how whispering a request …
Financial Times:
Sources: Uber is developing a short-term staffing business, called Uber Works, that would utilize its database of workers for events and corporate functions  —  Uber is developing a new short-term staffing business, dubbed Uber Works, that would help to diversify its business ahead of next year's planned initial public offering.

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