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November 1, 2019, 4:30 AM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
In an earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook's political ads policy, estimates ads from politicians will be less than 0.5% of company's revenue in 2020  —  As Jack Dorsey announced his company Twitter would drop all political ads, Facebook CEO Zuckerberg doubled-down on his policy of refusing to fact check politicians' ads.
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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
China's three state-backed wireless carriers launch 5G in some cities, ahead of original 2020 date; China Mobile aims to bring 5G to 50+ cities by year's end  —  BEIJING — Chinese cellphone carriers will begin offering super-fast, next-generation 5G service on a commercial basis Friday …
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 …

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