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SF proposes an Office of Emerging Technology to evaluate, issue permits for new devices and services that operate on the city's streets and other infrastructure (Sheraz Sadiq/KQED)

A book based on labor ideas from the early 20th century has provided a blueprint for workers at Google, Uber, and Kickstarter to organize without a formal union (Noam Scheiber/New York Times)

While tech journalists recently have embraced a watchdog role, they could be even more useful by focusing on solutions rather than palace intrigue and villains (Columbia Journalism Review)

Newsletter platforms like Substack, which recently raised a $15.3M funding round, offer some writers a sustainable business model, but others see a bubble (Kaitlyn Tiffany/The Atlantic)

What to expect from Google on Oct. 15: Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, a faster Google Assistant, a more affordable Pixelbook, new Pixel Buds, and additional devices (Jay Peters/The Verge)

Study: Xuexi Qiangguo, a propaganda app developed by China's Communist Party, enables authorities to retrieve messages, photos, contacts, and even record audio (Anna Fifield/Washington Post)

Tencent-owned Riot says its broadcasters shouldn't discuss politics and religion on air; Epic, in which Tencent has a 40% stake, says political speech is OK (Makena Kelly/The Verge)

Google bans payday loan apps with an APR of 36% or higher from the Play Store, with praise from an African-American advocacy group that pressed it for the ban (Yuka Hayashi/Wall Street Journal)

Twitch helped limit the reach of German synagogue gunman's video by uploading the video's "hash" to the database of Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (David Uberti/VICE)

Sources: Bill Gates met Jeffrey Epstein on many occasions, beginning in 2011, after Epstein's conviction for sex crimes; Gates says it was an error in judgment (New York Times)

Gamers upset with Blizzard are protesting by turning Mei, a Chinese Overwatch character, into a pro-democracy symbol, to get Blizzard's games banned in China (Nicole Carpenter/Polygon)

Marketing docs for Pixel 4 and 4 XL confirm 5.7" and 6.3" displays, with 90Hz "Smooth Display", 12MP and 16MP rear cameras, and Snapdragon 855 with 6GB of RAM (Abner Li/9to5Google)

Profile of PewDiePie covering his relationships with YouTube and mainstream media, as he tries to shed his reputation as a far-right sympathizer (Kevin Roose/New York Times)

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Apple's insistence on unnecessarily tying software releases to yearly hardware upgrades is a broken cycle for a services company; it needs to be more agile (Tyler Hall/tyler.io)

Profile of BoxGroup, one of New York's most prolific seed stage investment firms, which is taking outside investors for the first time for two new $82.5M funds (Alex Konrad/Forbes)

Stories of three fundraising campaigns that illustrate the complexities of the GoFundMe ecosystem, where 50M people have donated $5B+ through 2017 (Rachel Monroe/The Atlantic)

California passes law, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, to block police from using facial recognition tech in body cams; OR and NH have passed similar laws (Dustin Gardiner/San Francisco Chronicle)

Elizabeth Warren targets Facebook's ad policy of exempting ads by politicians from third-party fact-checking by running a Facebook ad with a clear falsehood (Brian Fung/CNN)

Sources: in early 2018, Eddy Cue and Morgan Wandell, Apple's international TV lead, asked some Apple TV+ show creators to avoid portraying China in a poor light (BuzzFeed News)

Blizzard says its decision over the Hearthstone controversy had nothing to do with China, reduces player's suspension to six months and restores his prize money (Nick Statt/The Verge)

Researcher shows how spies, criminals, or saboteurs can implant a chip in enterprise IT equipment to allow stealthy backdoor access using cheap $200 equipment (Andy Greenberg/Wired)

The Biden campaign asked Google and Twitter to take down Trump's misleading campaign ad, in addition to asking Facebook, and both companies refused the request (Elizabeth Culliford/Reuters)

China-based Club Factory, an e-commerce site for beauty and lifestyle items which claims to have ~70M users, of which ~40M live in India, raises $100M Series D (Manish Singh/TechCrunch)

Sources: Nike acquires TraceMe, which wants to connect celebs with "superfans"; TraceMe was founded by NFL star Russell Wilson and backed by Jeff Bezos, others (Taylor Soper/GeekWire)

SEC says it has obtained a temporary restraining order against Telegram's $1.7B TON cryptocurrency ICO (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission)

Visa, Mastercard, eBay, and Stripe say they are exiting Facebook's Libra Association, following PayPal, which announced its withdrawal last week (Lauren Feiner/CNBC)

Mastercard, Visa, eBay and Stripe quit Facebook's Libra (Financial Times)

California AG issues draft rules outlining how businesses should stay compliant with the state's new privacy law due to take effect January 1 (Shwanika Narayan/San Francisco Chronicle)

Amazon cancels contracts with three delivery firms, after report about shoddy working conditions and fatal accidents at Amazon's subcontracted delivery network (BuzzFeed News)

Papa, a "grandkids on-demand" platform that connects seniors with college students to provide companionship and help with home chores, raises $10M Series A (Fred Pennic/hitconsultant.net)

What can researchers find among the 32 million URLs Facebook just released to Social Science One' (Daniela Flamini/Poynter)

Apple launches its internal studio, Masters, allowing company to own its content; the first series will be Masters of the Air, a follow-up to Band of Brothers (Lesley Goldberg/Hollywood Reporter)

Source: Andy Rubin has left Playground Global, the venture firm he founded, in May; Rubin's departure was accompanied by $9M+ payout (Ryan Mac/BuzzFeed News)

A look at Netflix's kids programming and the creators it has hired to develop family friendly offerings, as it prepares for the gradual loss of Disney content (Brooks Barnes/New York Times)

Citrine, which wants to use AI and materials-specific data handling to accelerate the development cycle of materials, raises $20M Series B (FinSMEs)

Uber buys grocery delivery startup Cornershop, which operates in Chile, Mexico, Peru, and Canada; Mexico blocked Walmart's acquisition of Cornershop in June (Kate Conger/New York Times)

Mixer co-founder Matt Salsamendi leaves the platform after last week's departure of co-founder James Boehm; VP for Xbox Live and Mixer Mike Ybarra has also left (Kareem Anderson/OnMSFT.com)

G Suite's lack of end-to-end encryption means US agencies could force Google to hand over unreleased reporting, even unpublished info about journalistic sources (Martin Shelton/Freedom of the Press)

India's DealShare, which uses social media to offer group-buying discounts on household items, raises $11M Series A led by Matrix Partners, Falcon Edge Capital (M. Sriram/Livemint)

Hands-on with leaked Google's Pixelbook Go laptop: 8GB-16GB RAM, 64GB-256GB storage, 13.3-inch Full HD/4K display, 3.5mm headphone jack, and 2MP camera (Stephen Hall/9to5Google)

China is now projecting its Internet power abroad using state-sponsored DDoS attacks, malware, client-side filtering and surveillance, economic sanctions, more (Danny O'Brien/Electronic Frontier ...)

Twitter releases new Catalyst app for macOS Catalina, now available to download in the Mac App Store (Sam Byford/The Verge)

Standard Cognition, an AI-powered checkout company, buys DeepMagic, an autonomous retail kiosk startup, to better compete with Amazon Go (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

SAP CEO Bill McDermott steps down after over nine years, will be an adviser until year end; board members Jennifer Morgan and Christian Klein appointed co-CEOs (CNBC)

Researchers identify zero-day vulnerability in iTunes for Windows, now patched, that was exploited by attackers to deliver BitPaymer/iEncrypt ransomware (Elizabeth Montalbano/Threatpost)

The Essential Gem's unveiling resurfaces allegations against Andy Rubin, making clear that it's becoming hard to disassociate products from their makers (Lauren Goode/Wired)

A deep dive into Amazon's enormous growth over the past decade as it tries to maintain its lean management culture and prepares to fend off regulators (Charles Duhigg/New Yorker)

Parsley Health raises $26M Series B to roll out its personalized telemedicine service to all 50 states in the next six months, starting with NY and CA (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Lattice, an employee performance and engagement management platform, raises $25M Series C at a valuation of around $200M, six months after a $15M Series B (Kate Clark/TechCrunch)

Tim Cook's claim in an internal email that the banned app in Hong Kong "was being used maliciously to target individual officers for violence" doesn't add up (John Gruber/Daring Fireball)

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A game of numbers: My take on Igbo presidency - Vanguard

Buhari, please publish your assets (sold) - Daily Trust

Challenge before Buhari's Econmic Council - The Sun

Claim your right to light - Vanguard

Dubious lecturers, sorting and their staff of office - The Sun

Failure to model - The Nation

How the sex-for-marks phenomenon damages Nigeria - The Cable

If God has blessed you with a God fearing girl, keep your zipper up! - The Sun

More bullets and fewer prayers - The Cable

My fork or my hand - Vanguard

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Nigeria politics: The future looks much like the past - Vanguard

Nigeria politics: The future looks much like the past - Vanguard

On your mark, sex, go - The Sun

One Item Missing from the Budget - Thisday

One item missing from the budget - The Cable

Peacemaker in OML 25 dispute closure agreement - Vanguard

Political revolution - The Sun

Political revolution - The Sun

Prof Sagay, IBB, and the distortion of history - Vanguard

Proposed Communication Tax is ill-advisable - Vanguard

Prostate: An organ or a disease - The Sun

The rumour that rocked the rock - The Sun

Truth does not stay hidden forever ' Sex for grades - Vanguard

UNILAG and the sex narrative in the Villa - The Cable

What is the benefit of belonging to an independent Nigeria' (2) - Vanguard

Why time flies in Lagos - The Sun

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