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September 5, 2019, 5:30 AM

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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 …
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:
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Samsung says the 512GB 5G model of Galaxy Fold will be available in South Korea starting September 6 for ~$2,000, US launch to happen “in the coming weeks”  —  After its first attempt at a launch fizzled out in the spring, the Samsung Galaxy Fold is ready to try again at making a first impression.
Cade Metz / New York Times:
Allen Institute for AI unveils Aristo, a system that scored 90% on an eighth-grade science test and 80% on a 12th-grade exam, a breakthrough for AI research  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Four years ago, more than 700 computer scientists competed in a contest to build artificial intelligence that could pass an eighth-grade science test.
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 …
New York Times:
Source: Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft held a daylong meeting with US government officials over 2020 election security  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft met with government officials in Silicon Valley on Wednesday to discuss and coordinate on how best …
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 …
Jacqueline Howard / CNN:
Facebook rolls out pop-up windows on Facebook and Instagram that appear when people search for vaccine info; notices point to CDC or World Health Organization  —  Facebook to crack down on anti-vaccine misinformation  —  (CNN)A new feature is rolling out on Facebook and Instagram to combat the spread of anti-vaccine misinformation.
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.
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 …

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