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October 9, 2019, 8:25 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 …
Bloomberg:
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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.
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.
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.
CNBC:
Shooting in Halle, Germany was livestreamed on Twitch; ~5 people watched the 35-minute video live and about 2,200 watched before it was removed in ~30 minutes  —  09 October 2019, Saxony-Anhalt, Landsberg: Police officers walk along a hedge with machine guns in their hands near Wiedersdorf/Landsberg.
Anna Baydakova / CoinDesk:
The IRS publishes its first guidance in five years for calculating taxes owed on cryptocurrency holdings, clearing up how hard forks should be treated  —  The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has published its first guidance in five years for calculating taxes owed on cryptocurrency holdings.
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
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:
Apple starts selling Microsoft's Xbox Wireless Controller on its online store for the first time  —  Apple has added the Xbox Wireless Controller to Apple.com, although the accessory is currently unavailable to purchase at the time of writing.  Apple sells a few different gaming controllers …
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.
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.

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