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November 19, 2019, 10:50 PM

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Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
Researchers find bugs in Google and Samsung camera apps from before July 2019 that could record video, take pictures, and extract GPS data without permission  —  A new vulnerability has been found in the Camera apps for millions, if not hundreds of millions, of Android devices that could allow …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google announces Your News Update, an Assistant-powered audio feature that chooses stories based on interests, location, and more, available first in the US  —  It plays from a variety of sources instead of just the few you hand-pick  —  Google is rolling out a new service for Google Assistant that it's calling “Your News Update.”
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Amazon's Ring says police can request 12 hours of video footage from users near suspected crime scenes, keep the video forever, and share it with anyone  —  Police officers who download videos captured by homeowners' Ring doorbell cameras can keep them forever and share them with whomever …
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
WhatsApp says a recently-patched flaw in the way the messaging app handled video files could have let attackers remotely execute code on users' devices  —  The buffer overflow flow bug has been disclosed by Facebook.  —  Facebook has disclosed the existence of a severe vulnerability leading …
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Microsoft claims 20M DAUs for Teams, up from 13M in July, extending its lead over Slack, which in October said it had 12M; Slack closes down 8.35%  —  - The new 20 million daily active user count is up from 13 million, which Microsoft announced in July.  —  Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook says its F8 developer conference will take place on May 5-6 in San Jose  —  Facebook announced its plans for its F8 annual developer conference, which is where the company shows off its latest technology, apps and its vision for the future.  The company says the next event …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple launches a dedicated mobile app for its developer community, replacing the existing WWDC app, with video resources, news, account management, and more  —  Apple today is introducing a new resource for the over 23 million registered members of its developer community, with the launch of a dedicated Apple Developer mobile app.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Facebook quietly releases Whale, a meme-making iOS app, in Canada  —  The app was quietly released in Canada last week  —  Last week, Facebook quietly released a new meme-making app called Whale, The Information reports.  The app is currently only available on the Canadian App Store …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
DC attorney general brings charges against DoorDash, accusing it of pocketing tips meant for workers and misleading customers about where their money was going  —  - D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine is suing DoorDash over its tipping model that his office called “deceptive.”
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Patreon says it has paid out $1B+ to creators since its 2013 launch, up from $500M in Q4'18, has 4M+ members, up from 3M in Jan., and plans European expansion  —  Membership services startup Patreon has paid out over $1 billion to creators since its launch in 2013, the company announced Tuesday.
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FinSMEs:
CyberCube Analytics, a cyber risk analytics platform for cybersecurity insurance underwriters, raises $35M Series B  —  CyberCube Analytics, a San Francisco, CA-based cyber risk analytics company for the insurance industry, raised $35m in Series B funding.  —  The round was led by HSCM Bermuda and ForgePoint Capital.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
CyCognito, a cybersecurity platform that analyzes a company's entire spectrum of internet-connected devices for vulnerabilities, raises $18M Series A  —  CyCognito, a cybersecurity platform that aims to give visibility into a company's security weak spots, has raised $18 million in its Series A round of funding.
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Snap pledges $750,000 to its top AR creators in 2020, 3x its 2019 commitment; 600,000+ Lenses, used 15B+ times, have been created by Snapchat creators  —  At its annual Lens Fest, Snapchat displays the future of creating augmented reality for the platform  —  Snapchat is promising $750,000 …
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Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Apple's integrated approach is fostering monopolistic behavior and has started to stifle innovation resulting in user-hostile keyboards and no NFC based apps  —  When I started Stratechery in 2013, the conventional wisdom was that modularized ecosystems were best.

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