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October 9, 2019, 9:40 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 …
Bloomberg:
Blizzard bans player from Hearthstone competition for a year and rescinds $10K prize money, after he publicly supported Hong Kong's pro-democracy protestors  —  - Expressing sympathy for Hong Kong democracy push proves costly  — Hearthstone player won't be allowed to compete for a year
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 …
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.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Kuo: Apple plans to launch iPhone SE 2, 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.
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 game downloads in first week, breaking prior record of 26M set by PUBG, has 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.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Google debuts a stream transfer feature that lets users move ongoing music and video streams between devices, coming first to Chromecast, Google Home, and Nest  —  At long last, Google is finally introducing a way for users of its smart speakers and streaming adapters to move media between those devices.
Nicola Davis / The Guardian:
Nobel prize in chemistry awarded to three scientists for their work in developing lithium-ion batteries, which sparked the portable technology revolution  —  John B Goodenough, M Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino honoured for development that sparked portable technology revolution
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 …

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