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July 18, 2020, 12:05 AM

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Twitter:
Twitter provides an overview about what it knows about Wednesday's hack so far: how it happened, what the attackers accessed, its actions, and the next steps  —  As we've been informing via the @TwitterSupport account, on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, we detected a security incident at Twitter and took immediate action.
New York Times:
A person involved in Twitter hack may have gained access to Twitter's internal dashboard using credentials pinned in one of the company's Slack channels  —  Several people involved in the events that took down Twitter this week spoke with The Times.  What might have been a pursuit of Bitcoin spun out of control.
Ryan Browne / CNBC:
Twitter says around 130 accounts were affected in Wednesday's hack, and the attackers gained control of and sent tweets from a subset of those accounts  —  - “We believe approximately 130 accounts were targeted by the attackers in some way as part of the incident," Twitter said Thursday.
Tae Kim / Bloomberg:
The hack on Twitter provides more ammunition for critics who question Twitter's engineering prowess, poor management practices, and anemic financial performance  —  The breach revealed Twitter's engineering prowess and management practices as subpar.  Hedge fund Elliott Management can't be happy about its investment.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Reuters:
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: the FTC is considering deposing top Facebook executives, including Zuckerberg and Sandberg, as part of its anti-trust probe  —  Facebook officials have prepared for potential depositions  —  The Federal Trade Commission is considering taking sworn testimony from Facebook Inc. Chief …
New York Times:
Personal assistant arrested in the NYC killing of Fahim Saleh, founder of prank call app PrankDial and motorcycle ride-sharing apps in Bangladesh and Nigeria  —  Mr. Saleh, 33, was found dismembered and decapitated inside his Manhattan apartment.  —  The former personal assistant …
Kate Clark / The Information:
Coursera, the online learning startup founded by Andrew Ng, raises $130M Series F led by NEA, at a valuation of around $2.5B  —  Another education technology company is flourishing amid the coronavirus pandemic, as people stuck at home flock to online classes.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Amazon settles with Brian Hall, the former AWS VP it had sued for allegedly violating the non-compete clause after taking a VP job with Google Cloud  —  Amazon has reached a confidential legal settlement with Brian Hall, a former Amazon Web Services vice president of product marketing …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC unanimously approves rules that let carriers block calls from “bad-actor” phone companies that profit from robocalls  —  Safe harbor lets phone companies block all calls from “bad-actor” telecoms.  —  “Bad-actor” phone companies that profit from robocalls could be blocked …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Netflix reports Q2 revenue of $6.15B, up 24.9% YoY, and expects 2.5M net subscriber additions for Q3 vs analyst estimates of 5.27M  —  - Analysts counted Netflix among the safer bets during stay-at-home orders in the U.S. and the company showed substantial subscriber growth last quarter.
CNBC:
Bloomberg:
Pegatron, the second-largest iPhone assembler, is setting up a local subsidiary in India, joining rivals Foxconn and Wistron  —  Apple Inc. assembly partner Pegatron Corp. is making preparations for its first plant in India, adding to a large influx of foreign tech investments in the country this year.
Will Rinehart / Wired:
Andrew Yang's Data Dividend Project would force social media companies to compensate users, but the plan underestimates difficulty of valuing data  —  He wants social media companies to pay you for the data you produce.  But loopholes abound, it's too expensive, and other plans like it have failed.
Tweets: @bill_tribble
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Global Alliance for Responsible Media, an industry body of ad companies including Google and Facebook, agrees to evaluate mutual definition of hate speech  —  The Global Alliance for Responsible Media (GARM), an industry body consisting of the world's biggest advertising companies …
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