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October 14, 2019, 4:00 PM

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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Sources: Zuckerberg recently hosted off-the-record dinners with conservative figures like Tucker Carlson and Lindsey Graham to discuss free speech, partnerships  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been hosting informal talks and small, off-the-record dinners with conservative journalists …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft is testing content filters for messages on Xbox Live to block toxicity, initially with four levels of text-based filtering; voice filters are planned  —  Microsoft is starting to test new content filters for its Xbox Live messaging system today in an effort to thwart toxicity on its platform.
Riley MacLeod / Kotaku:
Fortnite has been down for nearly a day, as players speculate about what's next after having their maps sucked into a black hole, following the Season 10 event  —  After weeks of anticipation, Fortnite's big Season 10 event happened.  Was the wait worth it?  Yes.
MacRumors:
Kuo: “iPhone SE 2” will have 3GB RAM, 64GB and 128GB storage options, but won't have 3D Touch, and will be priced from $399  —  Apple is planning on releasing an iPhone SE 2 in the first quarter of 2020 and starting at a $399 price point, according to the latest research report from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Financial Times:
US private equity group Thoma Bravo agrees to buy British cybersecurity company Sophos for £3.1B  —  US private equity group Thoma Bravo has agreed a $3.9bn deal to buy the cyber security company Sophos, removing another British technology stalwart from the public markets.
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Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:
Source: Paytm is close to raising $2B in funding from Ant Financial and SoftBank, at a valuation of $16B  —  - India's top fintech firm is angling for a $16 billion value  — Paytm is raising funds to fight Facebook, Google and Walmart  —  Indian fintech giant Paytm is close …
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Anna Menin / CityAM:
KKR acquires a majority stake in UK's largest residential gigabit broadband provider Hyperoptic, source says for £500M  —  Global investment firm KKR has acquired a majority stake in the UK's largest residential gigabit broadband provider.  —  KKR bought the stake from funds managed …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Reliance Jio unveils an AI-powered Video Call Assistant service that will allow businesses to automate their customer support and other communications  —  Before Google moves to bring its human-sounding robot calling service Duplex to help users automate their interactions with businesses …

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