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October 9, 2019, 1:50 PM

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Lauren Strapagiel / BuzzFeed News:
Blizzard is facing an intense backlash after banning a player over Hong Kong pro-democracy comments, with some fans boycotting its games  —  Players are boycotting games like World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Hearthstone after a user was punished for supporting pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong during a tournament.
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 …
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Bloomberg:
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Kuo: iPhone SE 2 and new iPad Pro models are coming in Q1'20; MacBooks with new keyboard and an Apple AR headset in partnership with third-party brands in Q2'20  —  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.
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.
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.
VICE:
Leaked email from GitHub CEO shows the company will renew its $200K contract with ICE, despite stated opposition to child separation policies  —  Even though GitHub leadership and others oppose ICE's child separation policy, an internal email suggests GitHub won't stop ICE from renewing a contract with the tech company.
Pew Research Center:
Survey of 4,272 US adults shows patchy knowledge on tech issues: many answered correctly on cookies and phishing, few knew about 2FA, https, or private browsing  —  A majority of U.S. adults can answer fewer than half the questions correctly on a digital knowledge quiz, and many struggle with certain cybersecurity and privacy questions
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 …
CNBC:
House Financial Services Committee says Mark Zuckerberg will testify on October 23 as part of a hearing on Libra and more  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the House Financial Services Committee on Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. Eastern Time, the committee announced Wednesday.
Rose Eveleth / Vox:
The biggest lie technologists tell themselves and others is that there is nothing we can do to stop the natural and inevitable evolution of technology  —  They see facial recognition, smart diapers, and surveillance devices as inevitable evolutions.  They're not.
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.
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 …
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

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