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October 31, 2019, 8:55 PM

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Canalys:
Canalys: Huawei shipped 41.5M smartphones in China in Q3, up 66% YoY, growing its country marketshare to 42% from 25% last year  —  The China (mainland) smartphone market improved sequentially in Q3 2019 as shipments reached 97.8 million, from 97.6 million units in Q2.</a> China is still shrinking …
Casey Newton / The Interface:
Twitter's political ad ban will run into enforcement issues on defining issue ads and possibly disadvantage lesser-known or nontraditional candidates  —  If you've ever wondered about the value of having multiple social networks competing to develop the best products and policies, Wednesday offered us a clear example.
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Reuters:
Sources: senior government and military officials in at least 20 countries, including US allies, were among the known targets of NSO Group's WhatsApp malware  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senior government officials in multiple U.S.-allied countries were targeted earlier this year with hacking software …
Johana Bhuiyan / Los Angeles Times:
GitHub doubles down on its ICE contract, saying cancellation could “hurt” the immigrants that “we all want to help” in internal memo, amid rising employee anger  —  When GitHub Chief Executive Nat Friedman announced on Oct. 9 his company would donate half a million dollars …
FireEye:
FireEye: Chinese state-backed hacker group APT41 is using malware called MESSAGETAP to parse and save SMS traffic from a telecom's network at scale  —  FireEye Mandiant recently discovered a new malware family used by APT41 (a Chinese APT group) that is designed to monitor and save SMS traffic …
Allie Conti / VICE:
A scam spanning eight US cities and nearly 100 listings shows how easy it is to exploit Airbnb's poorly written rules through phony listings and fake reviews  —  While searching for the person who grifted me in Chicago, I discovered just how easy it is for users of the short-term rental platform to get exploited.
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
ACLU sues DOJ, FBI, and DEA in federal court, detailing their use of facial recognition software and arguing it constitutes a nationwide surveillance system  —  The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday sued the Justice Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI …
Jager McConnell / Crunchbase:
Crunchbase, a platform for finding business information about private and public companies, raises $30M Series C led by OMERS Ventures  —  We are excited to share that Crunchbase just closed a $30 million dollar Series C funding round led by OMERS Ventures.
Sarah Emerson / OneZero:
An investigation into the supply chain of AmazonBasics batteries shows how Amazon masks its private label operations through a discreet network of outsourcing  —  One of Amazon's smallest and most popular products has a surprisingly large footprint  —  heard the “pop!” from my living room …
Kevin Townsend / SecurityWeek:
Report: 21M stolen credentials from global Fortune 500 organizations were found for sale on the dark web, 16M of which were compromised in the last 12 months  —  There have been many studies and investigations into the number of stolen credentials available on the dark web.
Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Tim Cook suggests iPhone upgrade plans are akin to the idea of a “prime subscription” and says Apple sees it as a major growth area  —  - Some investors want Apple to sell its iPhone on a subscription basis to shift more of Apple's revenue from transactional sales to recurring revenue.
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