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January 17, 2019, 5:40 PM

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Facebook:
Facebook takes down 471 Facebook pages and accounts, as well as 41 Instagram accounts, for coordinated inauthentic behavior originating in Russia  —  Today we removed multiple Pages, groups and accounts that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Facebook says it will ask its employees to take down their reviews of Portal devices on Amazon after three employees were caught leaving 5-star reviews  —  Whoops  —  Facebook's Portal smart displays have had an uphill battle, trying to convince people to willingly give …
Paul Lamkin / Wareable:
Google to buy Fossil's smartwatch IP, which Fossil developed following its acquisition of Misfit in 2015, for $40M  —  New smartwatch innovation is promised from the big deal  —  The Fossil Group and Google have exclusively revealed to Wareable that Google will pay Fossil $40 million …
Tim Cook / TIME:
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Mastercard says its updated policy to end automatic billing after free trials is only for physical products, not digital services  —  A misleading blog post is currently being updated  —  Ever sign up for a free trial, only to get slapped with a monthly fee when you forget to cancel in time?
Brian Barrett / Wired:
“Collection #1” database, which claims to contain records of ~773M unique email addresses and 21M passwords, some of them hashed, shows up on the web  —  THERE ARE BREACHES, and there are megabreaches, and there's Equifax.  But a newly revealed trove of leaked data tops …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter says a bug led to the “Protect your Tweets” setting being disabled for some Android users for almost five years, making their tweets public  —  Twitter accidentally revealed some users' “protected” (aka, private) tweets, the company disclosed this afternoon.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
In an internal post, Sophie Alpert, a Facebook manager who oversaw React, says she quit after being harassed for criticizing Facebook's lack of diversity  —  - A Facebook engineering manager who ran an open-source project left earlier this month after being harassed by her colleagues.
Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
A disorienting interview with Jack Dorsey on his Myanmar tweets, right-wing extremism, and what he'd do if Trump called on his followers to murder journalists  —  A Q&A with Twitter's CEO on right-wing extremism, Candace Owens, and what he'd do if the president called on his followers to murder journalists.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Houseparty says the popular mobile game Heads Up will now be available inside its app with “packs” of words costing $0.99 or more  —  Building an ad-free social network through shared experiences  —  Houseparty, the group video chat that has carved out a niche among a segment …
More: Mashable
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Atlassian beats with Q2 revenue of $299M, up 39% YoY, and subscription revenue of $152.5M vs. $150M estimated by analysts; stock up 9%+ after hours  —  Atlassian shares rose more than 10 percent in extended trading on Thursday after the provider of collaboration software reported better …
More: Atlassian
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Spell, a collaborative platform that lets anyone run machine learning experiments, raises $15M Series A led by Eclipse Ventures and Two Sigma Ventures  —  In 2016, Serkan Piantino packed up his desk at Facebook with hopes to move on to something new.  The former Director of Engineering …
More: VentureBeatThanks:@brooke
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Pew survey of 963 US Facebook users: 74% didn't know the company compiles lists of their interests and traits to target ads; 51% were uncomfortable with this  —  A study by the Pew Research Center suggests most Facebook users are still in the dark about how the company tracks and profiles them for ad-targeting purposes.

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