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October 1, 2019, 10:00 PM

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
In leaked audio from open meetings in July, Mark Zuckerberg talks about Facebook's challenges and potential breakup, politics, competitors, content moderators  —  In two hours of leaked audio, Mark Zuckerberg rallies Facebook employees against critics, competitors, and the US government.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Appeals court upholds FCC's 2017 repeal of net neutrality, but also rules the FCC can't stop states from setting their own regulations  —  But the 200-page ruling says the FCC was wrong to issue a blanket ban against states considering their own regulations
The Verge:
A look at iPhone 11's Deep Fusion camera tech, meant to offer a big step forward for images taken in medium-light, coming in the iOS 13 developer beta  —  Sweater mode is on its way  —  Apple's Deep Fusion photography system has arrived in the latest developer betas of iOS 13 …
Associated Press:
Former Yahoo engineer has pleaded guilty to hacking into the accounts of about 6,000 Yahoo users in search of sexual photos and videos  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A former Yahoo software engineer has pleaded guilty to hacking into the accounts of some 6,000 Yahoo users in search of sexual photos and videos.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Sony drops the price of PlayStation Now by 50% to $10 per month or $25 per quarter in the US, with similar cuts in Japan, EU, and UK  —  Facing new competition for consumers' entertainment spending, Sony is slashing the price of the PlayStation Now game-subscription service …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Airbnb is planning a direct stock listing for its planned 2020 IPO, following Spotify and Slack  —  - Spotify and Slack have opted for similar path to public market  — Hot IPOs of this year, like Uber, Lyft have had a chilly debut  —  Airbnb Inc.'s long-awaited Wall Street debut …
Lora Kolodny / CNBC:
Sources: Tesla is buying computer vision startup DeepScale, which has raised ~$18M to date, as it works toward creating truly driverless cars  —  - DeepScale could help fill the gap left by the departure of several Autopilot engineers who reportedly left over the summer.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
tvOS 13 review: privacy protections and support for game controllers and multiple users is nice, but some Arcade games run poorly and the YouTube app lacks 4K  —  Multiuser support, compatibility with Xbox and PlayStation game controllers, and more  —  Apple's latest major software update …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Skydio debuts the $999 Skydio 2 autonomous drone, an update to the original that is 50% smaller and lighter with 43% more flight time, coming next month  —  The drone a three-year-old could fly  —  Last year, I got to play with one of the most amazing gadgets I've ever touched …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Confiant: a bug in Webkit has allowed 1B+ malicious ads to exploit code that's redirected users to hostile websites, affecting primarily iOS and macOS users  —  Flaw rendered ad-sandboxing protections “entirely useless,” researchers say.  —  Attackers have bombarded the Internet …
Marko Tupper:
A software engineer's account of his year and a half at Snap, from dealing with a micromanaging director to the move from the Venice to the Santa Monica offices  —  I spent the last year and a half working as a software engineer for Snap, Inc.. The experience was...unique, if nothing else.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Leaked images reveal the upcoming Surface Pro 7, Surface Laptop 3 (13-inch and 15-inch), and an ARM-powered Surface 2-in-1 device  —  Well dang, there they are  —  Microsoft's new Surface lineup appears to have leaked almost in its entirety, thanks to product images obtained by journalist and leaker Evan Blass.
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