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October 14, 2019, 7:50 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 …
Rene Ritchie / iMore:
Apple says its Tencent partnership to flag malicious sites for Safari users only applies to mainland China; hashes of URL prefixes and IP addresses are shared  —  Apple and China have a complicated relationship and situation that's exploded in the news over the last week.  (Much more on that in a future column.)
Matthew Green / A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering:
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 over 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, 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.
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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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft debuts the preview of its Project xCloud game streaming service for Xbox users in the US, UK, and Korea, initially with four games for Android devices  —  Available in the US, UK, and Korea initially  —  Microsoft is officially launching its Project xCloud preview today for Xbox users in the US, UK, and Korea.
Will Oremus / OneZero:
Inside Pinterest's efforts to avoid rivals' algorithm-related issues as it rolls out Home Feed Tuner, which lets users edit their activity history and interests  —  Inside the company's powerful recommendations tool — and its efforts to avoid the scandals facing its rivals

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Smartsheet:
Direct listing or IPO: What's the difference?  —  What's the best way to take a company public?  Recently a few larger, well-known brands, notably Spotify and Slack, have opted for the direct listing.  Read more.
Zoho:
7 Email marketing best practices for the holiday season  —  While holidays spell fun and frolic for some, for others they mean more work.  When it comes to email marketers, the holidays are a time to buckle up for increased marketing activity.
Google Cloud:
What does the future of cloud computing hold  —  and what does this mean for businesses?  We looked at the data, talked to luminaries, and listened to customers across the world.  Here's what they said.
Intel:
Here's why gamers should go with a processor that has high IPC and can hit the highest frequencies  —  Adding core count for core count's sake does not create a better gaming experience
Mattermost:
How is Mattermost different from Slack?  —  Learn why Mattermost is the #1 open source Slack alternative.

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