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October 20, 2018, 10:10 PM

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New York Times:
Sources: Saudis groomed a Twitter employee to spy on accounts of dissidents; he was investigated and fired in Dec. 2015 after Western intelligence warnings  —  Each morning, Jamal Khashoggi would check his phone to discover what fresh hell had been unleashed while he was sleeping.
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Interview with Brian Amerige, the former Facebook employee whose memo accusing the company of being a political monoculture led to fierce internal debate  —  AT ONE POINT this summer, Brian Amerige seemed destined to become the next James Damore.  —  Like Damore, the Google engineer who wrote …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
SEC filing: Microsoft now includes LinkedIn performance metrics, like the number of active users, in calculating stock awards to four top execs, including CEO  —  - Microsoft paid $27 billion for LinkedIn in 2016 and is now tying its performance to executive pay.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Officials say a government computer system that interacts with HealthCare.gov was hacked earlier this month, compromising sensitive data for ~75,000 people  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A government computer system that interacts with HealthCare.gov was hacked earlier this month …
New York Times:
A look at apps like Cruz Crew, N.R.A., and Great America that offer conservatives safe spaces free from the content guidelines of big platforms like Facebook  —  Imagine a society in which everyone more or less agrees with you.  —  You wake up in the morning to online greetings from people …
New York Times:
Social platforms are relying on journalists as unpaid content moderators to address misinformation on their sites, even with all the tools at their disposal  —  Social platforms have a responsibility to address misinformation as a systemic problem, instead of reacting to case after case.
Fast Company:
Many of the economists who testified at FTC hearings this week and dismissed or criticized the idea of tech monopolies received money from big tech in the past  —  Amid growing concern over the power of such behemoths as Amazon, Google, Facebook, and other tech giants, in recent months there's …
Adam Satariano / New York Times:
UK parliament report: an unknown firm spent an estimated £250K+ in the past 10 months on Facebook ads pushing for a hard Brexit and reaching 10M to 11M people  —  LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May has struggled to build support for her plan for Britain's exit from the European Union.
Amol Rajan / BBC:
Interview with Nick Clegg about his hiring and future at Facebook  —  Nick Clegg said no to Facebook when they first called this summer.  “But in that funny way that happens,” he says, “if you say no to people they suddenly become very interested in you.”  —  In a phone call …
Financial Times:

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How Ogilvy Plays to Win in the Ever-Evolving Advertising Industry  —  From video ads on streaming entertainment services to 6-second animated GIFs in social media, today's campaigns require more visuals …
Zoho:
Do Cloud users need to fear a ‘no-deal’ Brexit?  —  Political experts predict a no-deal Brexit, which would mean that the UK exits the EU without any agreement on the future relationship between the EU and the UK.
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