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September 4, 2019, 7:10 PM

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CNBC:
Google will pay a $136M fine to the FTC and $34M to the New York Attorney General to settle claims that it violated child privacy laws on YouTube  —  - Google marketed itself as the “leader” for content for children ages 6 through 11, the allegations claim.
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Unsecured database with 419M+ phone numbers linked to Facebook accounts found; FB says data was obtained before it disabled searching for users via phone number  —  Hundreds of millions of phone numbers linked to Facebook accounts have been found online.  —  The exposed server contained …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Twitter says it has “temporarily” turned off the SMS-to-tweet feature, after Jack Dorsey's account was compromised  —  Twitter has “temporarily” turned off the ability to tweet via text message just days after the feature was misused by hackers to tweet a racial slur, bomb threat …
Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times:
Brave browser exec hands evidence to Irish data regulator alleging Google uses hidden webpages to pass personal data of users to advertisers  —  Google is secretly using hidden web pages that feed the personal data of its users to advertisers, undermining its own policies …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Slack reports Q2 revenue of $145M, up 58% YoY, says it had over 100,000 paid customers, up 37% YoY; stock is down ~15%+ after hours  —  KEY POINTS  —  Stewart Butterfield, co-founder and CEO of Slack, at the 2018 WEF in Davos, Switzerland.  —  Shares of Slack, maker of the popular workplace chat app …
Michael Zelenko / The Verge:
A look at the newly announced Light Phone 2, a $350 stripped back feature phone with an E Ink display, and how the company learned from the first generation  —  The Light Phone returns with many aspirations and not too many features  —  Released in the spring of 2017 …
Mary Ann Azevedo / Crunchbase News:
Canada-based Clio, which offers cloud-based legal practice management, client intake, and legal CRM software, raises $250M Series D  —  A software company that helps law practices run more efficiently may not be the flashiest business in town, but that's not stopping some VCs from backing them with pretty high dollars.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Amazon announces over 20 Fire TV-branded devices, including a new Fire TV Cube and an Anker-made soundbar, as the company seeks to compete with Roku and others  —  The posts have been deleted, but the info is out  —  Amazon looks set to release a new Fire TV Cube and a host of new …
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Basecamp CEO: Google's practice of letting rivals pay for ads that appear ahead of their brand in organic results is a shakedown and like paying ransom  —  - The CEO of web-based project management tool company Basecamp sounds off on Google's search ad practices in a now-viral tweet.
Devindra Hardawar / Engadget:
Razer updates Blade Stealth ultrabook gaming line with Intel 10th-gen CPUs, Nvidia GTX 1650, 16GB DDR4 RAM, starting at $1,500, available end of September  —  For years, Razer has been chasing the specter of a truly ultraportable gaming laptop with its Blade Stealth line …
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Medical groups say the new federal data-sharing rules, allowing patients to access health records through apps, lack strong data protections to preserve privacy  —  Americans may soon be able to get their medical records through smartphone apps as easily as they order takeout food from Seamless or catch a ride from Lyft.

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