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October 18, 2019, 10:50 AM

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Jon Porter / The Verge:
Samsung says fingerprint bug on Galaxy devices is due to the sensor reading 3D patterns in screen protectors as fingerprints, will patch it as soon as next week  —  And advises removing silicone screen protecting cases for now  —  Samsung says that it plans to release a patch for its phones …
New York Times:
Zuckerberg gives a full-throated defense of Facebook as a champion of free expression and defends Facebook policy to opt out of fact-checking political ads  —  In an address at Georgetown University, the Facebook chief executive called for more free speech — not less …
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Heather Kelly / Washington Post:
Facebook claims viewers saw mostly positive comments during Zuckerberg's live-streamed speech due to “ranking signals” that filter out low-quality comments  —  Viewers saw nearly entirely positive comments and emoji because of how the algorithms behind a live stream with tens of thousands of viewers work
Chris Fox / BBC:
Google confirms the Pixel 4's Face Unlock can allow access to users' devices even if their eyes are closed  —  Google has confirmed the Pixel 4 smartphone's Face Unlock system can allow access to a person's device even if they have their eyes closed.  —  One security expert …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
YubiKeys can now be used to log into PCs running Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, via the Yubico Login app, previously only available to Mac and Linux users  —  Yubico releases app that lets users configure YubiKeys to work on top of local Windows OS accounts.  —  Starting today, users …
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
G7 report says Facebook's Libra poses competition and antitrust challenges and should not be launched until all legal and regulatory risks are addressed  —  Company-created digital currencies such as Facebook's Libra could “pose challenges for competition and antitrust policies” …
Bloomberg:
Adobe says Photoshop for iPad will be released by year end, confirms that it will lack features after beta testers complained it was missing key elements  —  Adobe Inc. is nearing the consumer launch of Photoshop for Apple Inc.'s iPads a year after it was officially announced …
Yahoo Finance:
Nintendo reports that all variants of Switch have sold 15M+ units in North America since Q1 2017, and sales through September were up 20%+ YoY  —  Nintendo Switch is the Best-Selling U.S. Video Game Console for 10 Months in a Row  —  Nintendo Switch Lite systems have combined to sell …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Paris-based mobile game maker Madbox, which says it has generated 100M game downloads, raises €15M Series A from Alven Capital  —  French startup Madbox is raising a $16.5 million (€15 million) Series A funding round from Alven.  The company is developing mobile games …

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