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Devumi settles FTC charges that it sold fake followers and likes; cosmetics firm Sunday Riley also settles with FTC for allegedly posting fake online reviews (@broshea91 / CNET) https://www.cnet.com/news/ftc-continues-to-crack-down-on-companies-with-deceptive-marketing-practices/ http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p40#a191021p40
IAB and PwC: US online ad spending reached $57.9B in H1 2019, up 16.9% year-over-year but lower than the 23.1% growth in the same period last year (@gsterling / Marketing Land) https://marketingland.com/iab-first-half-2019-online-ad-spending-reaches-58-billion-but-growth-is-slowing-269365 http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p38#a191021p38
Researchers find open database that leaked 179GB+ of customer, US govt, and military records from Autoclerk, a travel reservations system owned by Best Western (vpnMentor) https://www.vpnmentor.com/blog/us-travel-military-leak/ http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p37#a191021p37
Sources: Adobe will preview Illustrator for iPad at its Max conference in November before launching it in 2020 (Bloomberg) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-10-21/adobe-plans-to-launch-illustrator-app-for-ipad-after-photoshop http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p36#a191021p36
Sources: SoftBank to take control of WeWork, spending $4B-$5B on new funding and existing shares in The We Company, valuing it between $7.5B and $8B (CNBC) https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/21/softbank-to-take-control-of-wework-sources.html http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p29#a191021p29
EU says preliminary results of its probe into software used by EU institutions raises "serious concerns" over Microsoft's compliance with data protection rules (@riptari / TechCrunch) https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/21/eu-contracts-with-microsoft-raising-serious-data-concerns-says-watchdog/ http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p35#a191021p35
Instabase, which sells app making tools to enterprise, raises $105M Series B at a $1.05B valuation (@mcbridesg / Bloomberg) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-10-21/instabase-achieves-unicorn-status-and-finally-explains-what-it-does http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p34#a191021p34
SAP has struck a three-year deal where Microsoft will sell a bundle of SAP cloud services directly to customers who run SAP on Azure (@natjlevy / GeekWire) https://www.geekwire.com/2019/sap-microsoft-team-3-year-cloud-deal-tightening-relationship-tech-giants/ http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p33#a191021p33
Self-driving car startup Zoox raises $200M in convertible note funding that will be folded into a Series C, its first raise since firing CEO Tim Kentley-Klay (Axios) https://www.axios.com/zoox-self-driving-car-fundraising-52aa4ef6-9b7d-4a4d-b9be-306ecf6f3511.html http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p32#a191021p32
Verizon's rollout of 5G to three NBA arenas and over a dozen NFL stadiums only covers some of the seating areas in each facility (@jbrodkin / Ars Technica) https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/10/verizons-5g-network-cant-cover-an-entire-basketball-arena-either/ http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p31#a191021p31
Google hires Javier Soltero, Acompli co-founder and former head of Microsoft Outlook, to run G Suite (@inafried / Axios) https://www.axios.com/google-g-suite-microsoft-javier-soltero-0d051d54-953a-45d4-b5ae-a3b83298dc05.html http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p30#a191021p30
Sources: SoftBank to take control of WeWork, spending $4B-$5B on new equity and existing shares in The We Company, in a deal that values it between $7.5B to $8B (CNBC) https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/21/softbank-to-take-control-of-wework-sources.html http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p29#a191021p29
Tim Cook becomes chairman of the advisory board of China's Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, a 3-year position; he joined the board in '13 (@julipuli / MacRumors) https://www.macrumors.com/2019/10/21/tim-cook-chairman-tsinghua-university-sem/ http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p28#a191021p28
Hackers breached the internal network of Avast likely aiming for another supply chain attack on CCleaner; Avast says it didn't find malicious changes to the app (@ionut_ilascu / BleepingComputer) https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/hackers-breach-avast-antivirus-network-through-insecure-vpn-profile/ http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p27#a191021p27
On this day in Techmeme history📜: - Flock, a "social web browser" integrating blogging, RSS, and Delicious, opened its beta (2005) https://www.techmeme.com/051021/p53#a051021p53 - A DDoS attack on Dyn from Mirai-commandeered IoT devices disrupted major Internet services (2016) https://www.techmeme.com/161021/p14#a161021p14
 
...but please note that was a different Flock from Slack competitor @flock or HR platform @FlockSoftware or license-plate reading network @flock_safety or messaging app @flockwme or drone insurer @flockcover.
Facebook bans networks, three originating in Iran and one in Russia, running "inauthentic" accounts, Pages, and Groups misleading users in the US, Latin America (Facebook) https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2019/10/removing-more-coordinated-inauthentic-behavior-from-iran-and-russia/ http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p26#a191021p26
Sources: Founders Fund is raising ~$3B for two funds, and the bulk of it is intended to be poured into more mature startups like Stripe and existing investments (Wall Street Journal) https://www.wsj.com/articles/peter-thiels-founders-fund-building-new-war-chest-in-strategy-shift-11571672563?shareToken=st166febdd04dc4f92bade3c27929061d5 http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p25#a191021p25
Facebook says it will more prominently label content that fact-checkers deem false on Facebook and Instagram, will append new labels to pages run by state media (Facebook) https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2019/10/update-on-election-integrity-efforts/ http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p24#a191021p24
Facebook now requires some page owners to disclose the orgs running them and if they're tied to state-owned media, bans four networks of "inauthentic" accounts (@tonyromm / Washington Post) https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/10/21/facebook-fine-tunes-disinformation-defenses-but-leaves-controversial-political-ad-rules-intact/ http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p23#a191021p23
Nielsen's SVOD Content Ratings now tracks Amazon Prime Video, two years after launching with ratings for Netflix (@sarahintampa / TechCrunch) https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/21/nielsen-says-it-can-now-measure-amazon-prime-video/ http://www.techmeme.c om/191021/p22#a191021p22
Surface Laptop 3 (15") review: great keyboard and trackpad, AMD config performs well for productivity tasks, but GPU struggles, and has only two USB ports (@dcseifert / The Verge) https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/21/20923620/microsoft-surface-laptop-3-15-inch-review-windows-test-price-specs- features http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p20#a191021p20
Microsoft acquires Edmonton-based Mover to bolster its cloud migration solutions, just weeks after acquiring Movere, another cloud migration company (@kyle_l_wiggers / VentureBeat) https://venturebeat.com/2019/10/21/microsoft-acquires-mover-to-bolster-cloud-migration-solutions/ http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p21#a191021p21
Surface Laptop 3 ("15") review: great keyboard and trackpad, AMD config performs well for productivity tasks, but GPU struggles, and has only two USB ports (@dcseifert / The Verge) https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/21/20923620/microsoft-surface-laptop-3-15-inch-review-windows-test-price-specs-features http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p20#a191021p20
Microsoft announces Secured-core PCs, which will come from many vendors like Dell and adhere to security best practices for better firmware attack protection (@epro / VentureBeat) https://venturebeat.com/2019/10/21/microsoft-announces-secured-core-pcs-to-counter-firmware-attacks/ http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p19#a191021p19
Online influencers are expected to make $4.1B-$8.2B in 2019, but with no way to measure sales, some advertisers are beginning to question whether it's worth it (Wall Street Journal) https://www.wsj.com/articles/online-influencers-tell-you-what-to-buy-advertisers-wonder-whos-listening-11571594003 http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p18#a191021p18
Sources: Google's attempt to cancel and reschedule an employee-led talk about unionization at its Zurich office drew attention to it and riled up rank-and-file (@shiringhaffary / Vox) https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/10/21/20924697/google-unionization-switzerland-zurich-syndicom-zooglers http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p17#a191021p17
NordVPN confirms it found out a few months ago that one of its datacenters was hacked in March 2018, which could've potentially led to man-in-the-middle attacks (@zackwhittaker / TechCrunch) https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/21/nordvpn-confirms-it-was-hacked/ http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p16#a191021p16
Facebook is rolling out a new web interface, which it announced at F8 2019, with a new dark mode option, to some users (@khouryrt / Android Police) https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/10/20/facebooks-new-web-interface-is-rolling-out-for-some-with-dark-mode-in-tow/ http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p15#a191021p15
Upstream Security, which provides a centralized security and analytics platform for connected vehicles, raises $30M Series B led by Alliance Ventures (@psawers / VentureBeat) https://venturebeat.com/2019/10/21/upstream-security-raises-30-million-to-protect-connected-cars-from-cyber-attacks/ http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p14#a191021p14
Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL review: fast face unlock, smooth display, and great still camera, but average video recording and battery life, and no ultrawide camera (@backlon / The Verge) https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/21/20923660/google-pixel-4-xl-review-camera-radar-face-unlock-90hz-display-telephoto http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p13#a191021p13
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review: great performance, is cool and quiet, resumes quickly, and has USB-C, but no Thunderbolt 3, design is dated, and lacks LTE (@tomwarren / The Verge) https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/21/20923662/microsoft-surface-pro-7-review-tablet-specs-features-price-usb-c-windows-10 http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p12#a191021p12
The AMD Ryzen Surface Edition: 15-inches of 'the best AMD Ryzen Notebook in its class', according to AMD. We've tested the Ryzen 5 version, and taken a look into what @Microsoft and @AMD have created. (By @brettHowse) https://www.anandtech.com/show/15008?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social Tip @Techmeme
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife have privately recommended several potential hires to Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign, two of which were hired (Bloomberg) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-10-21/zuckerberg-offered-advice-in-hiring-to-buttigieg-in-rare-move http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p11#a191021p11
Commercetools, which offers an e-commerce platform for enterprises to sell to consumers, raises $145M led by Insight Partners, source says at a ~$300M valuation (@ingridlunden / TechCrunch) https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/21/commercetools-raises-145m-from-insight-for-shopify-style-e-commerce-apis- for-large-enterprises/ http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p10#a191021p10
Joint UK and US probe finds that a Russian cyber espionage unit hacked the tools of a hacker group linked to Iran's government to lead attacks in 35+ countries (Financial Times) https://www.ft.com/content/b947b46a-f342-11e9-a79c-bc9acae3b654 http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p9#a191021p9
Gojek CEO and co-founder Nadiem Makarim resigns to join Indonesia's new cabinet, the other co-founder Kevin Aluwi and president Andre Soelistyo to be joint CEOs (@f_potkin / Reuters) https://www.reuters.com/article/us-indonesia-politics-president-gojek/gojek-ceo-quits-to-join-indonesian-cabinet-replacements-named-idUSKBN1X00BR http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p8#a191021p8
How The Last Mile, a program to teach coding in prison at 15 facilities in five states, helped one man go from a life sentence to a $100K+ engineering job (@zzcrockett / The Hustle) https://thehustle.co/how-one-man-went-from-a-life-prison-sentence-to-a-100k-engineering-job/ http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p7#a191021p7
Researchers show how malicious voice apps for Alexa or Google Home eavesdrop on users, as Amazon and Google take a lax approach to vetting the platforms (@campuscodi / ZDNet) https://www.zdnet.com/article/alexa-and-google-home-devices-leveraged-to-phish-and-eavesdrop-on-users-again/ htt p://www.techmeme.com/191021/p6#a191021p6
The Indian government is trying to tempt cellphone manufacturers with lower taxes, incentives, and less red tape, to make the country a major source of exports (Wall Street Journal) https://www.wsj.com/articles/india-sees-opportunity-in-trade-fight-luring-big-companies-from-china-11571572741?shareToken=st659148a0680f42e582a1915f058907d5&reflink=share_mobilewebshare http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p5#a191021p5
The growth of 'headless' e-commerce engines like this is part of the same trend as DTC: a swing away from 3rd party marketplaces, co's taking their own digital commercial destiny back into their own hands. Sources tell me the valuation is around $300M tip @Techmeme https://twitter.com/TechCrunch/status/1186187066146807808
A look at the Tsunami Democràtic Android app, which uses geolocation and friend-to-friend technologies to organize protests and avoid the police in Barcelona (Laurie Clarke / WIRED UK) https://www.wired.co.uk/article/barcelonia-riots-catalonia-protests-news http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p4#a191021p4
Comparing Hong Kong with Kashmir shows that manipulating social media by flooding it with propaganda may better tackle unrest than shutting down the internet (Bhaskar Chakravorti / Bloomberg) https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-10-17/censorship-versus-propaganda-the-cases-of-kashmir-and-hong-kong http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p3#a191021p3
SpaceX submits paperwork for 30K more Starlink low-earth-orbit satellites, on top of the 12K already approved by the FCC (@chenry_sn / SpaceNews) https://spacenews.com/spacex-submits-paperwork-for-30000-more-starlink-satellites/ http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p2#a191021p2
A deep dive into music licensing in games, where the wrong type of licenses or expired ones may force developers to stop sales or game releases on new platforms (@matombler / http://GamesIndustry.biz) https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2019-10-16-how-does-the-games-industry-solve-its-problem-with-music-licensing http://www.techmeme.com/191021/p1#a191021p1
"...a whiff of deceit now taints the influencer marketplace. Influencers have strained ties with advertisers by inflating the number of their followers [and] damaged their credibility ... by promoting products they don’t use." /tip @Techmeme #InfluencerInflation https://twitter.com/WSJ/status/1186034378780086272
As Amazon regularly fails to prevent expired food from being sold by merchants, concerned brands are often compelled to police marketplace listings on their own (@annierpalmer / CNBC) https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/20/amazon-is-shipping-expired-baby-formula-and-other-out-of-date-foods.html http://www.techmeme.com/191020/p15#a191020p15
RT @Techmeme: Amid growing skepticism about Libra, David Marcus says the group may consider stablecoins pegged to national currencies, inst…
Google says it will update the Pixel 4 "in the coming months" with an option that requires open eyes for the phone's face unlock to be successful (@backlon / The Verge) https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/20/20924143/google-pixel-4-face-unlock-eyes-security-update-coming-months http: //www.techmeme.com/191020/p14#a191020p14
Travel reservations giant Sabre acquires Radixx, which sells passenger service systems to small and budget airlines, in a deal worth ~$110M (@sean_oneill / Skift) https://skift.com/2019/10/16/sabres-110-million-deal-for-radixx-gives-it-new-upside-in-passenger-services-tech/ http://www.techmeme.com/191020/p13#a191020p13
Google says it's aware iPhones can backup Original Quality HEIC photos to Google Photos for free, says it's a bug, after users wanted Pixel 4 to offer the same (@khouryrt / Android Police) https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/10/20/google-aware-of-free-original-quality-heic-photo-backups-for-iphones-s ays-its-a-bug/ http://www.techmeme.com/191020/p12#a191020p12
Amid growing skepticism about Libra, David Marcus says the group may consider stablecoins pegged to national currencies, instead of the coin it has proposed (@andrea_shalal / Reuters) https://www.reuters.com/article/us-imf-worldbank-facebook-idUSKBN1WZ0NX http://www.techmeme.com/191020/p11#a191020p11
Inside "Rebble Alliance", an unofficial group that documented Pebble APIs and created replacement web services that have helped keep ~200K smartwatches running (@kevinpurdy / iFixit News) https://www.ifixit.com/News/rebble-with-a-cause-how-pebble-watches-got-their-amazing-afterlife http://www.techmeme.com/191020/p10#a191020p10
“For some reason I don’t see myself doing that as much on VSCO, because it feels more comfortable, more like I’m contributing to the community rather than trying to look a certain way.” —Thato Sepanya https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2019/10/18/gen-zs-vsco-girls-abandoning-instagram/ /tip @Techmeme #VSCOGirls
Meanwhile, @vsco is having its own moment... “On Instagram, it’s easier to compare yourself, and you get lost in it and forget that people put their best work out there and the finished product out there, and you start to feel inadequate.
Twitch CEO Emmett Shear talks about company's approach to content moderation and changes announced at TwitchCon, including new tools for moderators, and more (@bijanstephen / The Verge) https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/16/20915580/twitch-moderation-communities-ceo-emmett-shear-twitchcon http://www.techmeme.com/191020/p9#a191020p9
Comparing Trump and Democratic 2020 presidential campaigns online: it is "like a supercar racing a little Volkswagen Bug", with Democrats being the Volkswagen (New York Times) https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/20/us/elections/trump-campaign-ads-democrats.html http://www.techmeme.com/191020 /p8#a191020p8
RT @Techmeme: TikTok launches an education program in India, partners with local edtech startups to create and promote educational content…
RT @Techmeme: Havenly, which connects interior designers with clients for $99 virtual full-room makeover sessions, raises $32M Series C, br…
RT @Techmeme: David Sacks' Craft Ventures, which led Bird's Series A round, has closed its second fund with $500M, up from the $350M it had…
RT @Techmeme: How TikTok is making inroads into US schools, as students create TikTok clubs to riff on the latest memes, and shoot videos o…
RT @Techmeme: A behind-the-scenes account of a cyberattack that disrupted the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics, which was tied…
RT @Techmeme: Inside Intuit's 20-year fight to make it harder to file taxes for free, including a pact with the IRS that kept a US-run serv…
RT @Techmeme: Massive protests erupt in Lebanon after a now-withdrawn government proposal to levy ~$6/mo tax on calls via WhatsApp and simi…
RT @Techmeme: Mark Hurd, co-CEO of Oracle, dies at 62 (@jordannovet / CNBC) https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/18/mark-hurd-co-ceo-of-oracle-dies-at-62.html http://www.techmeme.com/191018/p12#a191018p12
RT @Techmeme: Report: Airbnb doubled Q1 losses YoY to $306M, with revenue growing 31% YoY to $839M, as the company prepares for its planned…
RT @Techmeme: Microsoft spent $9.1B, led by $7.5B GitHub deal, on 20 acquisitions in FY 2019, making it the company's third-biggest year fo…
The Information to launch a tech news app, Ticker, later this fall, costing $29/year and including summaries of the day's tech headlines and an event calendar (@anthonyha / TechCrunch) https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/17/the-information-ticker/ http://www.techmeme.com/191017/p18#a191017p18
On this day in Techmeme history📜: Steve Jobs announced support for third-party native iPhone apps, in a note posted to Apple's “Hot News” page twelve years ago. https://www.techmeme.com/071017/p57#a071017p57
 
And here's the full text of that note!
RT @Techmeme: Analysis of 168,907 tweets at Daryl Morey following his Oct. 4 pro-HK tweet: ~50% came from accounts with 0-13 followers, 4,8…
About a month ago I got an invitation to go visit a place that, at the time, I didn't even know existed. Join me for an exclusive tour of @Tesla's Crash Test Lab and a look at how the Model 3 earned all those stars. https://roadshow.co/wZqHEG via @Roadshow
 
 
 
 
 
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