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October 29, 2020, 2:20 PM

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Christopher Bing / Reuters:
Cybersecurity experts say FBI is investigating Ryuk ransomware attacks on more than two dozen US hospitals, and officials warned hospitals to back up systems  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI is investigating the recent targeting with ransomware of more than two dozen hospitals across …
Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
Wisconsin Republican Party says hackers stole $2.3M from its federal account; party chairman says the FBI is investigating  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hackers have stolen $2.3 million from the Wisconsin Republican Party's account that was being used to help reelect President Donald Trump …
New York Times:
A look at startup culture wars happening around Coinbase, Expensify, and others as they become embroiled in a debate over the role of politics in the workplace  —  Coinbase, Expensify, Soylent, Clubhouse and others are embroiled in a culture war over politics and the workplace.
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Spotify had total Q3 revenue of €1.97B, up 14% YoY, ARPU of €4.19, down 10% YoY, with 320M MAUs, up 29% YoY, and 144M paying subscribers, up 27% YoY  —  Listening time, revenue increased as use in cars and homes grew  —  Spotify Technology SA moved past a slump that hit early in the pandemic …
Jane Lytvynenko / BuzzFeed News:
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft adds live custom data types to Excel, letting users import their data, a feature currently available to Office beta testers in the Insiders program  —  Excel now goes far beyond text and numbers  —  Microsoft is overhauling Excel with the ability to support custom live data types.
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Shara Tibken / CNET:
Samsung reports operating profit of $10.9B in Q3, up 59% YoY, on highest ever quarterly revenue of $59B, up 8% YoY, led by strong demand for its smartphones  —  While the pandemic continues to rage, consumers are buying phones and other electronics again.  —  The pandemic-caused lull …
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Sports streaming service DAZN is expanding to 200 countries and territories on December 1  —  EXCLUSIVE: Sports streaming service DAZN is expanding to 200 countries and territories on December 1, with initial monthly pricing of £1.99 or less.  —  Launched in 2016 and backed …
Wall Street Journal:
Ant Group's $10.3B raise in 2018, its first from non-Chinese investors, promises a combined $8B gain for Silver Lake, Warburg Pincus, and others when Ant IPOs  —  In 2018, the financial-technology giant raised $10.3 billion in its first and only private sale of stock to institutions outside China
Craig Chapple / Sensor Tower Blog:
Genshin Impact, a freemium mobile RPG, grossed $245M in worldwide player spending in its first month, making it one of the largest mobile game launches ever  —  Global blockbuster Genshin Impact from miHoYo has amassed $245 million in player spending during its first month …
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