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October 29, 2018, 8:15 AM

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Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
IBM has agreed to acquire Red Hat in a deal valued at $34B, a 60%+ premium over Friday's closing price; Red Hat will become part of IBM's Hybrid Cloud division  —  IBM is acquiring Red Hat, a major distributor of open-source software and technology, in a deal valued around $34 billion, the companies announced on Sunday.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Gab.com takes its service offline after GoDaddy informed the company they had violated terms of service and had 24 hours to move the domain to another provider  —  Gab, the controversial social network with a far-right following, has pulled its website offline after domain provider GoDaddy gave it 24 hours to move to another service.
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
How Gab, the social network where the Pittsburgh shooting suspect aired his hatred in full, became a platform of choice for neo-Nazis and other extremists  —  Early Saturday, moments before the police say he barged into a Pittsburgh synagogue and opened fire, Robert D. Bowers's anti-Semitic …
Andrew Liptak / The Verge:
After Pittsburgh shooting, Gab has been suspended by PayPal, Stripe, and hosting provider Joyent; Microsoft had terminated Azure agreement with Gab last month  —  Stripe and cloud host Joyent have indicated that they will suspend Gab's accounts  —  Hours after Paypal confirmed …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed News:
Online hatred, trolling, harassment, and conspiracy theories are spilling into the physical world with ever greater and more alarming frequency  —  This week, reporters dredged up the online pasts of two monsters: a Florida man who was arrested for sending pipe bombs to at least a dozen …
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter told a user that pipe bomb suspect did not violate its rules when she reported his threats weeks ago; Twitter now says it made a mistake, apologizes  —  At least two Twitter accounts linked to the man suspected of sending explosive devices to more than a dozen prominent Democrats were suspended on Friday afternoon.
Davey Alba / BuzzFeed News:
After Orlando let its pilot with Amazon's facial “Rekognition” tech expire amid public outcry in June, FOIA docs show a new pilot has begun under a mutual NDA  —  Walking around downtown Orlando, you might not notice the lightbulb-sized camera affixed to one of the traffic signal poles along …
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Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Researchers detail how state-owned China Telecom, the third largest carrier in the country, regularly hijacks internet traffic passing through the US and Canada  —  Chinese government turned to local ISP for intelligence gathering after it signed the Obama-Xi cyber pact in late 2015, researchers say.
Gabrielle Canon / The Guardian:
Ann Cavoukian, a key privacy expert in joint Toronto and Sidewalk Labs smart city project, has quit, citing opposition over proposed data collection practices  —  Wired neighborhood planned by Google sister company has raised questions over data protection  —  When it was announced last year …

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