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August 14, 2019, 7:55 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.
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 …
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.
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
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Leaked documents show that Microsoft's contractors are paid $12 to $14 an hour and are asked to work on as many as 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 …
Joseph Cox / VICE:
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.”

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