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October 22, 2020, 4:50 PM

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Kevin Collier / NBC News:
US intelligence director says Iran was behind threatening emails to FL Democratic voters demanding they vote for Trump; voter info was likely publicly available  —  Iranian intelligence was responsible for a recent campaign of emails sent to intimidate Florida voters, the FBI announced Wednesday night …
Sean Lyngaas / CyberScoop:
US says Russia-linked group targeted IT systems used by state and local officials, but there was no evidence “integrity of elections data has been compromised”  —  It's no secret that the hacking group often referred to as Energetic Bear or TEMP.Isotope — linked by multiple security firms …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it will start charging for WhatsApp Business and add hosting services for businesses' online assets and shopping features  —  Facebook has been making a big play to be a go-to partner for small and medium businesses that use the internet to interface with the wider world …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Huawei debuts €1,199 Mate 40 Pro and €1,399 Pro Plus, with 5nm Kirin 9000 chip, 6.76" display, 50 MP main camera, 50W wireless charging, available Nov. 13 in UK  —  Plus a new flagship Kirin 9000 processor  —  Huawei has announced the Mate 40 Pro and Pro Plus …
Kashmir Hill / New York Times:
Activists around the world are building facial recognition tools to identify police officers using off-the-shelf image recognition software  —  “We're now approaching the technological threshold where the little guys can do it to the big guys,” one researcher said.
Mother Jones:
Former Facebook employees describe tests of News Feed algorithm changes and their impact on left- and right-leaning news sites, with tweaks to favor the right  —  For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.
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Joseph Cox / VICE:
How Phantom Secure, which started as a privacy-focused phone company in Canada, became a network for the Sinaloa Cartel before being shut down by the FBI  —  Vince Ramos wanted Phantom Secure to be the Uber of privacy-focused, luxury-branded phones—flood the market with devices, and sort out the law later.
Elizabeth Culliford / Reuters:
Facebook's Oversight Board says it is now accepting cases for review, both from users who have exhausted the company's appeals process and from Facebook itself  —  (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's Oversight Board, which can overrule the company's decisions on whether pieces of content should have been removed …
Huib Modderkolk / de Volkskrant:
A Dutch security researcher says he logged into Trump's Twitter account, which didn't have 2FA, using the password “maga2020!”; the account has now been secured  —  Last week a Dutch security researcher succeeded in logging into the Twitter account of the American President Donald Trump.
Manuel Vonau / Android Police:
Google adds price insights for comparisons with typical prices and deal alerts to Google Shopping  —  Last month, Google Shopping added features to make local shopping easier with new information on availability and curbside pickup options.  In light of the upcoming holiday season …
Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
WHO grants Wikipedia free use of its published data, allowing it to be reposted widely in almost 200 languages and starting with COVID-19 information  —  The health agency will license much of its material to the online encyclopedia, allowing the information to be reposted widely into almost 200 languages.
Sam Shead / CNBC:
Facebook Dating launches in Europe, after an Irish regulator forced a delay of its planned February debut, and claims it made 1.5B matches across 20 countries  —  - Facebook has expanded its “Facebook Dating” service to Europe.  — Facebook claims that the platform has generated 1.5 …
Ryan Hoover / Product Hunt:
Product Hunt announces founder of Mino Games and angel investor Josh Buckley as its new CEO  —  Today we're introducing the new CEO of Product Hunt.  But first, the backstory...  The last seven years have been the most challenging and rewarding of my life and career.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Lili, which offers bank accounts and associated products designed for freelancers, raises $15M Series A, a few months after raising $10M in seed funding  —  It's only been a few months since Lili announced its $10 million seed round, and it's already raised more funding — namely, a $15 million Series A.
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