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Techmeme Latest Headlines

Updated: 8 hours ago

UK Digital Minister Matt Hancock says Uber's October 2016 hack affected UK citizens and the government plans to publish a report in the coming days (Giles Turner/Bloomberg)

Facebook confirms it's testing a Snapchat-like streak feature in Messenger that shows how many consecutive days users have been chatting with friends (Karissa Bell/Mashable)

ProtonMail debuts encrypted contacts manager with digital signatures that verify integrity of data, aimed at journalists and others who want to protect sources (Eduard Kovacs/SecurityWeek)

London-based Seedcamp announces new 41M fund, almost double its ~21M 2015 fund, to invest in early stage startups as it celebrates its 10 year anniversary (Steve O'Hear/TechCrunch)

Filing shows Lyft is raising an additional $500M in funding, one month after announcing $1B raise led by Alphabet's CapitalG, at an $11.5B post-money valuation (Dan Primack/Axios)

Lawyers for Peter Thiel file a motion to block efforts that have prevented him from bidding on Gawker.com assets during bankruptcy proceeding (Ryan Mac/BuzzFeed)

Profile of Makan Delrahim, the DoJ's antitrust chief, confirmed on Sept. 27, who is leading the lawsuit against AT&T over its proposed merger with Time Warner (Brent Kendall/Wall Street Journal)

As the FCC seeks to kill net neutrality, Comcast, Charter, and cable trade group NCTA vow not to block, throttle, or interfere with lawful sites or activities (John Eggerton/Broadcasting & Cable)

Ajit Pai's proposal to kill net neutrality argues the FCC should not have tried to stop Comcast from blocking BitTorrent in 2008 (Nilay Patel/The Verge)

Sources say Iconiq Capital, a $7B asset management firm linked to many Silicon Valley elites, plans to refocus on tech investments, including buyouts (Wall Street Journal)

Amazon's AWS updates its Rekognition service to detect and recognize text within images, perform real-time face searches, and more (Blair Hanley Frank/VentureBeat)

UK government says it'll charge a 20% tax on companies' earnings that are held offshore from April 2019, a move widely seen to be aimed at tech companies (Shona Ghosh/Business Insider)

Casa Systems, maker of cable, wireless, and optical network gear and software, files for $150M IPO on Nasdaq (Jeff Baumgartner/Multichannel News)

YouTube details steps it's taking in ongoing effort to clamp down on videos that exploit children, will ramp up removal of offensive material, halt monetization (Charlie Warzel/BuzzFeed)

Source: Samsung plans to showcase Galaxy S9 and S9+ at CES in January; phones will have similar appearance to S8, same screen size, more RAM, second back camera (Evan Blass/VentureBeat)

Scalyr raises $20M Series A led by Shasta Ventures to analyze infrastructure logs, claims users of its platform can search up to 1TB of log data per second (Maria Deutscher/SiliconANGLE)

PC vendors scramble to issue patches after Intel announced firmware flaws allowing remote code execution affecting a wide range of chips and millions of devices (Sean Gallagher/Ars Technica)

Locus Robotics, maker of automated warehouse robots, raises $25M Series B led by Scale Venture Partners (Bloomberg)

Facebook plans to roll out a tool that shows users if they liked or followed a Russia-linked account on Facebook or Instagram (Tony Romm/Recode)

UK government debuts Autumn Budget with new tech-focused initiatives: looser rules for testing self-driving cars, AI advisory body, 2.5B+ investment fund, more (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

California DMV website shows Lyft has secured a permit to test self-driving cars (Kia Kokalitcheva/Axios)

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French asset manager Tobam launches Europe's first bitcoin mutual fund, which is classified as an alternative investment fund and not traded on an exchange (Peter Smith/Financial Times)

EU agrees to abolish geoblocking restrictions on sales of e-commerce sites by end of 2018; proposal excludes copyrighted content like streaming services (Lily Cusack/Reuters)

Nvidia-Backed Chinese Autonomous Truck Technology Firm TuSimple Raises $55M In Series C Round (Yimian Wu/China Money Network)

Sources: Kalanick and CSO Joe Sullivan ordered $100K ransom to be paid; Uber tracked the hackers, pushed them to sign NDAs, disguised the payment as bug bounty (New York Times)

Bitfinex's inadequate disclosures of 2016 hack and unclear ownership links to Tether, issuer of popular coins used to buy bitcoin, raise doubts about exchange (Nathaniel Popper/New York Times)

New York Attorney General launches investigation of Uber's $100,000 hack cover-up (Taylor Hatmaker/TechCrunch)

Orient Hontai Capital scraps plans to acquire mobile ad startup AppLovin for $1.4B after US government pushback, will provide $841M in debt financing instead (Liana B. Baker/Reuters)

FCC will also order states to scrap plans for their own net neutrality laws (Jon Brodkin/Ars Technica)

Sources: Apple acquired Vrvana, Canadian augmented reality headset startup, for $30M (TechCrunch)

How AI is being used to identify Chinese missile launch sites with 90% accuracy, on par with experts, reducing time spent searching from 60 hours to 42 minutes (Jeremy Hsu/Wired)

Uber fires CSO, says in Oct '16 personal info of 50M riders, 7M drivers, including 600K driver's license numbers, stolen; Uber paid hackers $100K to delete data (Eric Newcomer/Bloomberg)

Salesforce reports Q3 revenue of $2.68B, up 25% YoY, vs $2.65B est, as Sales Cloud revenue reaches $907M; ends quarter with 28,527 employees, up from 23,939 YoY (Larry Dignan/ZDNet)

HPE says its CEO, Meg Whitman, will step down next year and remain on the board; President Antonio Neri will take over as CEO on February 1, 2018 (Anita Balakrishnan/CNBC)

Russia says it could act against Google if Sputnik, RT get lower search rankings, after Eric Schmidt said "those kinds of websites" should have less prominence (Reuters)

CEO of popular app HQ Trivia, Rus Yusupov, repeatedly told reporter that the app's star host, a contractor, could be fired for talking to press, then denied it (Taylor Lorenz/The Daily Beast)

NY AG says the FCC has ignored multiple requests for logs and records amid NY's investigation of the flood of fake net neutrality comments to the federal agency (Adi Robertson/The Verge)

FTC says it's reviewing TripAdvisor's business practices, as more travelers say their warnings of rapes and injuries at hotels were blocked or deleted from site (Raquel Rutledge/Milwaukee Journal ...)

Google starts contributing to Apple's Swift programming language, submits pull request for adding Fuchsia OS support (Paul Miller/The Verge)

Ads for housing that exclude demographics are still being approved by Facebook, a year after a study highlighted the illegal discriminatory practice on Facebook (ProPublica)

As Zuckerberg concludes his 30-state tour, a look at how he's described Facebook and its mission since 2005 (Alexis C. Madrigal/The Atlantic)

Global tech stocks are up 41% this year, 20.5% more than the next best-performing sector, and outpacing others by the widest margin since the dotcom boom (Riva Gold/Wall Street Journal)

YouTube is back on Amazon Echo Show with some minor alterations to its UI, after being pulled from the device in September (Bret Kinsella/Voicebot)

Ethereum startup Confido, which pitched itself as a blockchain-based app for making payments and tracking shipments, goes dark after raising $374K in ICO (Jordan Pearson/Motherboard)

Immigration lawyers say Trump admin has upped scrutiny of H-1B visa applications, especially for lower paying jobs, sending back >25%, up from <20% a year ago (Laura Meckler/Wall Street Journal)

Six students say school sent group of 3,000 to Foxconn for three months of "work experience", routinely working 11-hour days on iPhone X, breaking overtime law (Yuan Yang/Financial Times)

FCC unveils its plan to repeal net neutrality rules, a move that would give ISPs broad powers to determine which websites and online services customers use (Brian Fung/Washington Post)

Justice Department charges Behzad Mesri, an Iranian citizen, for allegedly hacking HBO and demanding a $6M bitcoin ransom in July (Alfred Ng/CNET)

Sources: Apple's HomePod speaker, which has limited features compared to Amazon's Echo, started as a side project and was cancelled and revived several times (Mark Gurman/Bloomberg)

Skype has been unavailable on Apple and third-party Android mobile app stores in China for nearly a month (Paul Mozur/New York Times)

Entertainment Headlines Today

Updated: 8 hours ago

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#ThrowbackThursday: Do you Remember these Music Videos - Bellanaija

"'Sd ljinl'": Watch teaser for Tunde Kelani's adaptation of Wole Soyinka's "Lion and the Jewel" - Pulse

"Checkmate": Watch episode 12 of classic TV series - Pulse

"I Want To Be A Farmer", says Nigerian lady with First Class in Computer Science - Olufamous

"Only a heartless person can stand to defend Maryam who stabbed her husband to death" -Shehu Shagari's grandson writes on the murder of Bilyamin - Linda Ikeji

"Pastor" Allegedly Hypnotises, Detains Students For Years - Olufamous

"Power of Love": 10 things we remember about 2002 romance movie - Pulse

13-year-old girl whose Madam locked indoors and traveled out of Nigeria, rescued by Lagos State Commissioner of Police (Photos) - Information Nigeria

15-year-Old Commits Suicide After Ex-boyfriend Shared Her 'Intimate Detials' on Social Media (Photos) - Tori

15-year-old girl commits suicide after her ex-boyfriend posted 'explicit' pictures of her online - Linda Ikeji

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15-yr-old commits suicide after ex-boyfriend spread intimate photos of her online - Information Nigeria

15yr old Girl Commits Suicide After hearing her Ex Boyfriend leaked her Nudes online - Information Nigeria

16-year-old Arrested With Dangerous Weapons Used To Rob In Traffic - Information Nigeria

2-year-old Boy Left Almost Blinded After Being Scalded by Hot Oil While His Mother Was Cooking - Tori

2017 Bar Final Examination: UNILAG, OAU, UNN students top Law School results - Pulse

2018 budget: Top government officials have refused to honour invitations ' Senate - Ynaija

2019 Election: Makarfi will Contest PDP Presidential Ticket - Aide Reveals - Tori

2019 Presidential Election: Wife of Late Nnamdi Azikiwe Sends Important Message to Igbo Women - Tori

4 days to the Lekki Shopping Carnival 2017... Don't miss this!!! - Linda Ikeji

4 Types of People You'll Meet On Vacation - Olufamous

5000 Nigerians for national thanksgiving on Buhari's recovery - Miss Petite

58-year-old man reveals he sleeps with sex robot four times a week & his wife is fine with it (Photos) - Linda Ikeji

A Prayer To Look Beyond Temporary Stress In Life - Olufamous

Abuja police explains why it cannot remand wife of ex-PDP chairman's son, Bilyaminu Bello, who stabbed him to death - Linda Ikeji

According to the Wold's Richest Man, Bill Gates, These Are 17 Books Everyone Should Read - Tori

Actor Maduagwu blasts BankyW, Adesua for spending so much for their wedding - DailyPost

Actor Maduagwu blasts BankyW, Adesua for spending so much for their wedding - Information Nigeria

Actress Bayray McNwizu Takes On Charity Work To Raise Money for Brain Tumor Patient - Stella Dimoko Korkus

Actress Regina Daniels finally arrests fake movie producer, his crew impersonating her - Information Nigeria

Actress, Omoni Oboli shares throwback photo from her university days - Linda Ikeji

After being jobless for months, Frank Edoho lands a new role as the host of another TV game show - Linda Ikeji

After Drinking Pap With Human Parts, Spirits Will Bring Us Money' - Ritual Killers Make Shocking Confession - Tori

After drinking pap with human parts, spirits'll bring us money' ' Suspected ritualists - Information Nigeria

After drinking pap with human parts, spirits'll bring us money' -Suspected ritualists - Miss Petite

After Receiving Full N17billion For Water Project, Firm Seeks Additional N32billion - Tori

AGF Malami Denies Abdulrasheed Maina, Says He Never Gave Approval for His Reinstatement - Tori

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