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October 24, 2018, 2:55 PM

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Google now lets users review and delete their recent search activity and provides easier access to privacy controls, on desktop today, on mobile apps later  —  We're always working on making it easier for you to understand and control your data so you can make privacy choices that are right for you.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Tim Cook attacks the “data industrial complex” and calls for comprehensive US privacy laws in speech at conference on data protection and privacy in Brussels  —  Apple's CEO Tim Cook has joined the chorus of voices warning that data itself is being weaponized again people and societies …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
A look at two features Twitter is testing: “presence indicators”, which say what users are doing while they tweet, and “ice breakers” to start conversations  —  Executives say they want to enhance conversations on the platform  —  Twitter is testing new features designed …
The Daily Beast:
Amazon pitched its facial recognition surveillance tech to ICE and continued its dialogue with the US immigration agency in the midst of critical media coverage  —  Amazon employees are up in arms about possible collaborations with law enforcement.  That hasn't stopped Amazon reps from pitching ICE on its face-scanning tech.
Angelo Amante / Reuters:
Italian anti-trust watchdog fines Apple and Samsung €5M over phone throttling complaints and Apple an additional €5M over lack of info on battery replacement  —  ROME (Reuters) - Italy's anti-trust watchdog said on Wednesday it was fining Apple Inc. (AAPL.O) and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd …
Jason Schreier / Kotaku:
Interviews with dozens of employees detail Rockstar Games' culture of “crunch”, after a studio co-founder's 100-hour weeks remark triggered industry discussion  —  In the final year of development on Red Dead Redemption 2, the upcoming Western game, the top directors decided …
Wolfie Zhao / CoinDesk:
Japan's finance regulator grants legal status to cryptocurrency exchange association as a self-regulatory industry body  —  The Financial Services Agency (FSA), Japan's finance regulator, has formally approved a cryptocurrency exchange association as a self-regulatory industry body.
Heather Somerville / Reuters:
Sources describe problems at GM's Cruise self-driving car unit, which has had delays, issues with software, and more, after landing $5B in investments  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - It's one of the biggest bets going in the world of cars.  —  Since May, General Motors Co …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Researchers: Germany-based spyware firm Wolf Intelligence left 20GB of data on an unprotected server and a public Google Drive folder, including customer info  —  The Germany-based spyware startup Wolf Intelligence exposed its own data, including surveillance target's information …
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
Snap says it hired Jeremi Gorman, most recently Amazon's head of ads sales, as its chief business officer and Jared Grusd as its chief strategy officer  —  - Jeremi Gorman will become chief business officer, and was previously head of advertising sales for Amazon.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
FireEye says it has linked Triton malware that inadvertently shut down a Saudi petrochemical plant in 2017 to a Russian government-owned research institute  —  Cybersecurity firm FireEye points the finger at the Russian government and a government-linked facility for creating a destructive malware.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Motorola and iFixit partner on DIY battery and screen repair kits that include official parts and cost $40 to $200; faulty repair of a phone may void warranty  —  Phone companies usually want to stop you from repairing your own devices, or even going to a third-party repair shop.
New York Times:
Google plans to reach five million schoolchildren with a digital citizenship education program, but critics say it should be disqualified from doing so  —  The tech giant is positioning itself in schools as a trusted authority on digital citizenship at a moment when the company's data-handling practices are under growing scrutiny.
Wired:
Conflicting goals, mutual suspicion, and a view that AI and other advanced tech are a winner-take-all game are pushing the tech sectors of US and China apart  —  IN THE SPRING of 2016, an artificial intelligence system called AlphaGo defeated a world champion Go player in a match at the Four Seasons hotel in Seoul.
Nikhilesh De / CoinDesk:
Coinbase adds its first stablecoin, a Circle-issued coin called USDC tied to the US dollar, which US customers outside NY state can buy and sell  —  Crypto exchange Coinbase announced support for the Circle-issued stablecoin Tuesday.  —  In a blog post, the exchange said U.S. customers outside …

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