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September 30, 2019, 7:15 PM

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Swati Khandelwal / The Hacker News:
Hacker claims to have breached Zynga and stolen info on 218M Words with Friends players; Zynga has started notifying users but has not disclosed size of breach  —  A Pakistani hacker who previously made headlines earlier this year for selling almost a billion user records stolen …
Faiz Siddiqui / Washington Post:
A look at the rapidly declining morale at Uber amid budget cuts for basic amenities, mass layoffs, and a 30% decline in stock price since its IPO  —  Uber's CEO told staff: “We need to ship more quickly and operate more effectively and efficiently than we are today.”
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple releases iOS 13.1.2 and iPadOS 13.1.2 with fixes for several bugs including those affecting Camera, iCloud Backup, shortcuts on HomePod, and flashlight  —  Apple today released iOS and iPadOS 13.1.2, updates to the iOS and iPadOS 13.1.1 software that was released on Friday.
Rick Paulas / OneZero:
Nextdoor's verification requirement excludes homeless people from neighborhood discussions, leading to echo chambers that demonize them  —  The platform built for neighborhood news often scapegoats the most disadvantaged communities  —  August 14, a man broke into a home in the Shafter neighborhood in Oakland, California.
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Videos of owners trying Tesla's new Smart Summon feature, which lets Teslas autonomously drive to the owner, with varying degrees of success, make waves online  —  Is Smart Summon ready for prime time?  —  Tesla's new “Smart Summon” feature is already causing confusion — and some minor fender benders.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook is planning to pay only about a quarter of the 200 publishers that will be featured in its news tab, set to launch as soon as the end of Oct.  —  Social-media giant plans to pay about a quarter of news organizations whose content will be featured
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
US Treasury goes after the planes and yacht of the founder of Russia's IRA troll farm, with new sanctions imposed for alleged meddling in 2018 midterm elections  —  US Treasury takes new approach to imposing sanctions on IRA's owner.  —  The US Treasury Department announced today the third set …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Coalition of creators and researchers accuses YouTube of automatically demonetizing videos with LGBTQ-related words in metadata and titles, which YouTube denies  —  YouTube spokesperson states this isn't the case  —  A new investigation from a coalition of YouTube creators and researchers …

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