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August 28, 2019, 9:40 AM

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Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
Sources: when Telegram raised $1.7B in 2018, it told investors it will deliver Gram by Oct. 31, 2019, or give back the money, and now says it is still on track  —  While Facebook's big cryptocurrency plans have hit a wall with regulators, another big social network, Telegram, is charging ahead with its own digital currency.
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
US government charges Anthony Levandowski, a former star engineer at Google and Uber, with 33 counts of theft and attempted theft of Google trade secrets  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — Anthony Levandowski, one of Silicon Valley's foremost technologists on self-driving cars, was charged …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
CBP searched 30,000 devices last year without a warrant, up ~4x from three years prior, and increasingly denies entry to people over content sent by others  —  Travelers are increasingly being denied entry to the United States as border officials hold them accountable for messages …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Dutch data protection agency says it found that Windows 10 may still be unlawfully collecting user data, refers Microsoft to its EU privacy regulator in Ireland  —  The Dutch data protection agency has asked Microsoft's lead privacy regulator in Europe to investigate ongoing concerns it has attached to how Windows 10 gathers user data.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Google to shut down Google Hire, a job application tracking system for small to medium sized businesses it launched two years ago, in September 2020  —  Add another one to the Google Cemetery.  —  Google has disclosed that it will shut down Google Hire, the job application tracking system it launched just two years ago.
Mary Ann Azevedo / Crunchbase News:
Peloton's public S-1 shows revenue of $915M in fiscal 2019, up 110% YoY, and an annualized subscriber growth of ~144% over the past 3 years, to 511K this June  —  Today, Peloton, the maker of pricey in-home bicycles and treadmills paired with on-demand fitness classes, filed its S-1 …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Google says its Nest Hello video doorbell can now detect package deliveries and notify US users who are subscribed to its $5/month Nest Aware service  —  So you can stop checking every time the camera detects passersby  —  Google says that, starting today, its Nest Hello video doorbell …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Facebook tightens rules on political advertisers, requires further identity proof such as tax-identification number or Federal Election Commission registration  —  Facebook on Wednesday announced it would tighten some of its rules around political advertising ahead of the 2020 presidential election …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Privacy fundamentalism, which does not consider the inherent nature of the internet and the unavoidable trade-offs, is a surefire way to get policy wrong  —  Farhad Manjoo, in the New York Times, ran an experiment on themself: … Here is a shrunk-down version of the graphic that resulted …
The Social Science Research Council:
Unless Facebook delivers promised data to researchers by Sept. 30, consortium of funders will recommend Social Science Research Council wind down the project  —  Statement from Social Science Research Council President Alondra Nelson on the Social Media and Democracy Research Grants Program
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Google Maps is rolling out the ability for users to combine different transit modes, like biking, public transit, and ride-sharing, in their directions  —  Google Maps is going multimodal  —  Google Maps is going multimodal.  The navigation app announced the launch of a new feature today …

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