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October 7, 2019, 12:35 AM

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Andreessen Horowitz:
The history of open source, as big VC raises and multi-billion dollar exits for open source software startups become normalized  —  Editor's Note: The open source software (OSS) movement has created some of our most important and widely used technologies, including operating systems, web browsers, and databases.
Sarah Gooding / WordPress Tavern:
Matt Mullenweg and Ruby on Rails' creator David Heinemeier Hansson discuss balance of power in open source projects, tradeoffs of growing WordPress market share  —  In what began as a heated conversation on Twitter, Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg and Ruby on Rails creator …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Report: Ninja's manager says he left Twitch for Mixer because Twitch's contract was too restrictive on outside brand deals, limiting growth beyond gaming  —  Manager says Twitch didn't respect their wishes  —  Tyler “Ninja” Blevins' surprising departure from Twitch came after months …
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Bill Gurley talks about his drive to persuade more tech startups to choose direct listings, instead of traditional bank-led IPOs, to enter public markets  —  - Gurley said he met with partners from 25 venture firms before his direct listings summit this week and they all signed on with their support.
Tripp Mickle / Wall Street Journal:
How Tim Cook is cultivating a relationship with Donald Trump and advocates for Apple's interests, while avoiding public backlash from employees and customers  —  Apple CEO advocates for his company's interests while avoiding a backlash from either employees or the president
Carrie Mihalcik / CNET:
Two new California laws crack down on deepfakes in politics and porn, with one giving citizens the right to sue if they are placed in porn without their consent  —  While some deepfakes are silly and fun, others are misleading and even abusive.  Two new California laws aim to put a stop to these more nefarious video forgeries.
Li Yuan / New York Times:
How China is using social media and films to stir patriotism and get communist party propaganda enthusiastically embraced by young people  —  Leveraging celebrities, the know-how of tech companies and images built for social media, the Communist Party can effectively stir patriotism among the youth.
CNBC:
PayPal says it is withdrawing from Facebook's Libra Association, becoming the first of its founding members to do so  —  PayPal is withdrawing from Facebook's Libra Association, the company announced Friday.  —  “PayPal has made the decision to forgo further participation in the Libra Association …
Tom Burt / Microsoft on the Issues:
Microsoft: Iran-linked group, dubbed Phosphorus, attempted to hack 241 accounts belonging to a 2020 presidential campaign and others between Aug. and Sept.  —  Today we're sharing that we've recently seen significant cyber activity by a threat group we call Phosphorus, which we believe originates …

Sponsor Posts

Smartsheet:
Direct listing or IPO: What's the difference?  —  What's the best way to take a company public?  Recently a few larger, well-known brands, notably Spotify and Slack, have opted for the direct listing.  Read more.
Zoho:
How bots can help improve your workflow  —  In today's world, messaging has become one of the most popular methods of communication.  Whether over text or through a messenger application, it's how a lot of people prefer talking with one another.
Google Cloud:
What does the future of cloud computing hold  —  and what does this mean for businesses?  We looked at the data, talked to luminaries, and listened to customers across the world.  Here's what they said.
Intel:
Here's why gamers should go with a processor that has high IPC and can hit the highest frequencies  —  Adding core count for core count's sake does not create a better gaming experience
Mattermost:
How is Mattermost different from Slack?  —  Learn why Mattermost is the #1 open source Slack alternative.

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