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August 14, 2019, 9:10 PM

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Dan Primack / Axios:
WeWork files to raise $1B in an IPO, reports a $904M net loss on around $1.5B in revenue for first half of 2019  —  WeWork on Wednesday filed to raise $1 billion in an initial public offering, although the ultimate offering amount is expected to be at least three times larger.
Jordan Davis / Facebook:
Facebook simplifies Groups' privacy settings, to public and private; “secret” Groups are now private and hidden, and “closed” Groups are now private and visible  —  As Mark Zuckerberg laid out earlier this year, social networks can serve as the digital equivalent of a town square or a living room.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Interview with Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg on how the Tumblr acquisition came about, what's next for Tumblr, adult content in apps, and more  —  Blogging is back, hopefully  —  It's been a long and winding road for Tumblr, the blogging site that launched a thousand writing careers.
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Court documents allege that the Capital One hacker took “terabytes of data” from over 30 companies, educational institutions, and other entities  —  New court documents reveal the government is investigating the Capital One hacker for 30+ other breaches.
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
About 200 Google employees sign a petition, saying they “refuse to be complicit” in potential cloud computing work for the US Customs & Border Protection agency  —  Workers are circulating a petition  —  Google employees are demanding that the company not bid …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: technicians from Huawei have, in at least two cases, personally helped African governments spy on their political opponents  —  Employees embedded with cybersecurity forces in Uganda and Zambia intercepted encrypted communications and used cell data to track opponents, according to a Wall Street Journal investigation
Mariella Moon / Engadget:
AT&T and T-Mobile have started rolling out cross-network call authentication services to protect against spam and spoofed robocalls  —  AT&T and T-Mobile have started rolling out cross-network call authentication services for their subscribers.  That means the companies will now be able notify …
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Leaked documents show that Microsoft pays $12 to $14 per hour to the contractors who transcribe up to 200 audio clips per hour to train Cortana  —  Leaked documents show that Microsoft's contractors are paid between $12 and $14 an hour and are asked to transcribe as many as 200 audio clips per hour …
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Jeran Wittenstein / Bloomberg:
Overstock.com shares fall ~36% over three days, after its CEO Patrick Byrne said he was part of “Deep State” federal investigations related to the 2016 election  —  Overstock.com Inc. shares fell for a third day Wednesday as investors reacted to statements by Chief Executive Officer Patrick Byrne …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Google says Course Kit, its toolkit for teachers launched last year, will now be called Assignments and be able to detect plagiarism  —  Google is introducing a handful of updates to its Google for Education program today — including a new tool that helps teachers check students' work for possible plagiarism.
Josh Taylor / The Guardian:
Fingerprints of 1M+ people and biometric info from a system used by banks, London police, and defense contractors, discovered on a publicly accessible database  —  Fingerprints, facial recognition and other personal information from Biostar 2 discovered on publicly accessible database
New York Times:
As the internet shutdown in Kashmir, now 10+ days long, continues, pharmacists run out of drugs, people can't get cash, and online related businesses close  —  Pharmacists can't restock medicines; workers aren't being paid.  But the government still loves to block the internet for “peace and tranquillity.”
Ryne Hager / Android Police:
Chrome OS 76 begins rolling out with support for virtual desktops, Android-style media controls, and more  —  Following a bit of a hiccup when it came to the previous Chrome OS 75 release, Chrome OS 76 has been pushed to the Stable Channel and is rolling out to some devices.
William Foxley / CoinDesk:
CipherTrace: $3.1B may have been stolen through cryptocurrency exit scams and another $874M in misappropriated funds in 2019  —  Cryptocurrency crime made good money last quarter, although less than in the first quarter of 2019.  —  Cybercrime against exchanges amounted to $125 million …

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