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September 19, 2021, 1:40 AM

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Nick Clegg / About Facebook:
Facebook VP says WSJ's series contained deliberate mischaracterizations, and conferred egregiously false motives to Facebook's leadership and employees  —  A lot has been said about Facebook this week.  A series of articles published by the Wall Street Journal has focused …
Wall Street Journal:
Will Oremus / Washington Post:
Profile of Chris Gilliard, aka @hypervisible, who has helped coin concepts like “digital redlining” to highlight the impact of tech on marginalized groups  —  Chris Gilliard grew up with racist policing in Detroit.  He sees a new form of oppression in the tech we use every day.
Aditya Kalra / Reuters:
Report: India's antitrust authority found that Google abused the dominant position of Android in the country to illegally hurt competitors  —  Google abused the dominant position of its Android operating system in India, using its “huge financial muscle” to illegally hurt competitors …
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Telegram blocks Navalny's Smart Voting chatbot on the second day of voting in Russia's parliamentary election  —  Popular messaging app Telegram has suspended all chat bots used in the Russian elections campaign, in another blow to jailed opposition politician Aleksei Navalny's Smart Voting initiative …
New York Times:
Apple and Google remove jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's app that coordinated protest voting, bowing to Russian pressure on the eve of an election  —  The app, from the Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, vanished from online stores as polls opened in the parliamentary election it was designed to sway.
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
The dismantling of digital advertising based on personal data and cookies is reshaping revenue plans for ad and tech industries, publishers, and small companies  —  As Apple and Google enact privacy changes, businesses are grappling with the fallout, Madison Avenue is fighting back and Facebook has cried foul.
Tom Krazit / Protocol:
Interview with GitHub COO Erica Brescia on GitHub's infrastructure, changes in open-source software philosophies, and why hybrid work will thrive post-pandemic  —  An astonishing amount of the code that runs the world's software spends at least part of its life in GitHub.
Matthew Martin / Bloomberg:
Saudi-based customer communications service Unifonic raises $125M Series B led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and Sanabil, which is owned by Saudi Arabia's PIF  —  - Japanese conglomerate leads $125 million round for Unifonic  — Sanabil, wholly owned by Saudi wealth fund, co-led the round
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
A look at the lawsuit over Kosta Elefteriou's FlickType app for Apple Watch that he claims Apple had offered to buy, as Apple unveils its own swipe keyboard  —  In January 2019, Kosta Eleftheriou had every reason to believe Apple was about to make a deal, his lawsuit alleges.
Thomas Brewster / Forbes:
CEO of US-based cybersecurity company Exodus Intelligence says India bought and likely weaponized its Windows zero-day research to spy on China and Pakistan  —  A U.S. company's tech was abused by the Indian government, amidst warnings Americans are contributing to a spyware industry already under fire for being out of control.

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