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October 19, 2018, 7:05 PM

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Tim Cook calls for a retraction of Bloomberg's Chinese spy chip story: “There is no truth in their story about Apple. They need to do the right thing”  —  “There is no truth in their story about Apple.  They need to do the right thing."  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook …
Financial Times:
Facebook hires Nick Clegg, former UK deputy prime minister, as head of global affairs and communications, to succeed Elliot Schrage  —  Facebook has hired Nick Clegg, the former UK deputy prime minister, to head its global affairs and communications team as it faces escalating problems …
The Verge:
Documents show Android manufacturers in EU may have to pay Google $2.50-$40/device as a fee, depending on country and pixel density, following antitrust ruling  —  Confidential documents show strong incentives for keeping bundle intact  —  Android manufacturers will have to pay Google …
Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Qualtrics, a startup offering tools to track customer and employee feedback, files for an IPO, reports 2017 revenues of $290M, up 52% YoY, profits of $2.6M  —  One of Utah and cloud computing's most promising unicorns is looking to graduate out of the herd.
Jan Strupczewski / Reuters:
EU Commission approves Microsoft's acquisition of Github  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission approved on Friday the acquisition of software development tool maker GitHub by software giant Microsoft without conditions saying the purchase would not damage competition in the sector.
Washington Post:
DOJ charges Russian national involved in “Project Lakhta”, an alleged foreign influence operation to interfere in US midterms by pushing misinformation online  —  The Justice Department on Friday charged a Russian woman for her role in a conspiracy to interfere with the 2018 U.S. election …
Reuters:
Sources: cybersecurity startup CrowdStrike hired Goldman Sachs to prepare for IPO and aims to be valued above its June funding round valuation of $3B  —  NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Cybersecurity software maker CrowdStrike Inc has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs Group to prepare …
Bill Gates / Wall Street Journal:
Bill Gates reflects on Paul Allen, remembering him as a passionate man who held his family and friends dear and as a brilliant technologist and philanthropist  —  Gates describes the moment Allen showed him a new computer called the Altair 8800, which marked the end of Gates's college career and the beginning of Microsoft
Kate Rooney / CNBC:
PitchBook/JMP Securities report: crypto M&A deals have surged over 200% this year with 115 deals having been announced, on pace to hit 145 by year's end  —  - Merger and acquisition activity for cryptocurrency companies has more than doubled in the past year amid a 54 percent slump in bitcoin prices …

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