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November 3, 2018, 12:00 AM

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Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
After The Intercept's inquiry, Facebook deletes “white genocide conspiracy theory” as a pre-defined ad targeting category with an estimated 168K users  —  Apparently fueled by anti-Semitism and the bogus narrative that outside forces are scheming to exterminate the white race …
Christopher Bing / Reuters:
Twitter has removed some bot accounts, sources say more than 10,000, that posed as Democrats and posted tweets discouraging people from voting in the midterms  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twitter deleted more than 10,000 automated accounts posting messages that discouraged people from voting …
Andrei Zakharov / BBC:
Hackers publish private messages from 81K Facebook accounts and claim to have details from up to 120M accounts for sale; FB blames 3rd-party browser extensions  —  Hackers appear to have compromised and published private messages from at least 81,000 Facebook users' accounts.
Kara Swisher / Recode:
In a wide-ranging interview, Elon Musk discusses his tweeting habits, Tesla's past year, its Navigate on Autopilot feature, full autonomous driving, and more  —  Musk talks about his “excruciating” 2018, fighting with journalists on Twitter, why Tesla won't build an electric scooter and much more.
Google Walkout For Real Change:
Google walkout organizers say 20,000+ participated and that Sundar Pichai will meet with his leadership team on Monday to review a plan to address their demands  —  For Immediate Release:  —  Google employees and contractors participate in global “walkout for real change”
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Ryan Dezember / Wall Street Journal:
Profile of Thasos, which leases trillions of anonymized GPS coordinates from ~1,000 smartphone apps and sells insights from the data to Wall Street traders  —  The phone in your pocket is dishing info on where you spend your time and, likely, money  —  When Tesla Inc. TSLA .62% Chief Executive Elon Musk …
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
Profile of cryptocurrency millionaire Jeffrey Berns who says he has spent $300M to build an experimental community based on blockchain in Nevada  —  A man spent millions on an enormous plot of land near Reno.  Now he wants to build a community based on the blockchain technology introduced by Bitcoin.
Yahoo News:
Sources: in 2011, Iranians used Google search to identify a string of websites the CIA used to communicate with its agents, compromising the CIA's wider network  —  In 2013, hundreds of CIA officers — many working nonstop for weeks — scrambled to contain a disaster of global proportions …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Spotify makes an early version of its Apple Watch app available to a limited number of users via Apple's TestFlight beta testing program  —  Spotify is officially coming to Apple Watch, as the streaming music service today delighted users with an early beta version of the watchOS app through TestFlight.
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
TraceMe, NFL star Russell Wilson's celebrity app, has laid off staff, closed LA office, pivoted to a sports prediction game; TraceMe to shutter in coming weeks  —  One year after attempting to take on social media giants with its own content platform focused on celebrities, TraceMe is pivoting.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Flickr says it will end 1TB storage for free accounts and delete all but the most recent 1,000 photos or videos if users don't upgrade to Pro by February 2019  —  Flickr was purchased in April by professional photo hosting service SmugMug, and today, the first major changes under the new ownership have been announced.
David McCabe / Axios:
Google says Susan Molinari, its Vice President of Public Policy for the Americas and head of its D.C. office, is leaving next year  —  Google's top U.S. public policy official is stepping down from the role, the company confirmed on Friday.  —  Why it matters: The departure …
More: New York TimesThanks:@dmccabe
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Report: live-streaming TV services' viewing hours grew 212% YoY; connected TVs, such as those using devices like Roku or Apple TV, account for 56% of time spent  —  Live streaming TV services, like Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, Hulu with Live TV, and others, are gaining steam in the U.S …
More: Mashable

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