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October 9, 2019, 10:35 AM

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Ina Fried / Axios:
Twitter says it has unintentionally used some email addresses and phone numbers provided for account security purposes for ad targeting  —  Twitter disclosed Tuesday that it “unintentionally” used some mail address and phone numbers for advertising even though the information was provided for account security.
Verna Yu / The Guardian:
Chinese state media warns Apple over app that tracks Hong Kong police, says Apple's approval of the app made it an “accomplice” in the protests  —  State media says ‘poisonous’ app made Apple an accomplice in the Hong Kong protests  —  China's state media has accused Apple …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
As China exports its domestic standards, the US should treat China's leveraging of market access into self-censorship by US companies as trade violations  —  It all started with a tweet:  —  “It” refers to the current imbroglio surrounding Daryl Morey, the General Manager for the Houston Rockets …
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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Kuo: Apple is planning to launch iPhone SE 2 and new iPad Pro models in Q1 2020, and an Apple AR headset in collaboration with third-party brands in Q2 2020  —  According to a Chinese language Ming-Chi Kuo report, Apple is readying the release of the iPhone SE 2 and new iPad Pro models for the first quarter of next year.
Arielle Pardes / Wired:
A growing number of astrophysicists are leaving academia to join data science teams at tech companies amid a surging demand for machine learning expertise  —  Space scientists are abandoning the heavens to help you decide what to wear and watch and listen to.  Whether it's stars or Stitch Fix, it's all about machine learning.
Alfred Ng / CNET:
More than 30 civil rights groups sign an open letter asking mayors and city councils to cancel 500+ existing local police partnerships with Amazon's Ring  —  Ring has more than 500 police partnerships across the US, and a coalition of civil rights groups are calling for local governments to cancel them all.
Washington Post:
Bipartisan Senate report makes recommendations to prevent Russian election interference in 2020, saying Russia sowed social media discord to help Trump in 2016  —  GOP-led panel endorses finding that Russia interfered to help Donald Trump  —  A bipartisan panel of U.S. senators Tuesday called …
Zachary Evans / National Review:
FISA court rules that an FBI foreign surveillance program violated Americans' civil liberties, deeming tens of thousands of searches from 2017-2018 illegal  —  The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has ruled that an FBI program intended to target foreign suspects violated Americans' constitutional right …
Neha Malara / Reuters:
Sensor Tower: Tencent's Call of Duty: Mobile had 100M downloads in its first week, breaking the prior record of 26M set by PUBG, and is yet to launch in China  —  (Reuters) - The mobile version of videogame franchise “Call of Duty” racked up 100 million downloads in its first week …
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Sources: Postmates, which planned to go public this year, has recently told advisers that it is delaying its IPO due to market conditions  —  Can you smell the doom and gloom?  —  Tech startups imbibe cash and run on optimism.  Lately they're running short on both.
Denis Campbell / The Guardian:
UK's NHS launches first clinic to treat gaming addiction in young people aged 13 to 25; referred patients can be treated in person or online via Skype  —  GPs will be able to refer young people, after ‘gaming disorder’ defined as a health problem  —  The NHS is opening the country's …
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
Facebook refuses Biden campaign's request to take down a misleading Trump campaign ad, rejected by CNN, reigniting a debate about Facebook and political speech  —  WASHINGTON — The 30-second video ad released by the Trump campaign last week is grainy, and the narrator's voice is foreboding.

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