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As criticism from Trump and Democrats mounts, Amazon is courting US policymakers of all stripes with warehouse tours, which are later posted on social media (Jay Greene/Washington Post)

Crossbeam, which builds a platform for potential partner companies to compare data, raises $12.5M Series A led by FirstMark Capital (Ron Miller/TechCrunch)

Lyft has been sued at least seven times in August by women alleging sexual assault by drivers and little action from the company (Lauren Kaori Gurley/VICE)

WeWork offices use the same WiFi password across many locations and employ the weak WPA2 Personal security protocol, creating potential for abuse (Sean Captain/Fast Company)

Amazon says it is opening an office in Hyderabad, India, which will house over 15,000 employees, making it the company's biggest campus in the world (Reuters)

Contrary to conservatives' claims, data from 2018-19 shows right-leaning Facebook pages with over 500,000 likes consistently outperform left-leaning rivals (John Whitehouse/Media Matters for America)

YouTube says it is shutting down its Messages feature for mobile and web, introduced in 2017, to encourage usage of posts, comments, and stories (Abner Li/9to5Google)

Facebook's conservative bias "audit" draws criticism from both sides after relying on interviews with 130 unnamed conservatives over internal data (Cat Zakrzewski/Washington Post)

Tala, a PayPal-backed startup that provides uncollateralized loans in emerging markets, raises $100M Series D led by RPS Ventures to expand into India (Manish Singh/TechCrunch)

Intel unveils 10th-gen Comet Lake CPUs with up to 6 cores for thin and light laptops, based on its Skylake CPU architecture and 14nm process (Ryan Smith/AnandTech)

Waymo releases a self-driving open data set with 1,000 segments of 20-second footage in a range of driving conditions, free for non-commercial research (Darrell Etherington/TechCrunch)

Sources: PlusAI, which develops self-driving trucks and is backed by Sequoia Capital, is close to raising ~$200M at a valuation of $1B+ (Bloomberg)

Box unveils Box Shield, a set of native security controls with machine learning-powered threat detection for customers' cloud content, in private beta (Stephanie Condon/ZDNet)

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Sources: Alibaba has delayed its up to $15B listing in Hong Kong, initially set to launch in late August, amid growing political unrest (Reuters)

Google and Mozilla say they will block the root certificate issued by the Kazakhstan government, which could be used to monitor users, in Chrome and Firefox (Amrita Khalid/Engadget)

LinkedIn says it blocked or removed 21.6M fake accounts in the first half 2019, of which 19.5M were blocked at the registration stage (Nat Levy/GeekWire)

Apple is delaying its plans to limit third-party tracking and ads in kids' apps, which it planned to implement in Sept., after some developers raised concerns (Washington Post)

A roundup of the 82 companies that launched at Y Combinator's Summer 2019 Demo Day 2, including logistics, e-commerce, real estate, and crypto startups (TechCrunch)

Google says it has started rolling out AI-powered real-time spelling and grammar check features on Gmail for all G Suite users (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Internal raises $5M seed round from David Sacks' Craft Ventures to help companies deploy consoles to manage employee access to sensitive customer data (Connie Loizos/TechCrunch)

DoorDash buys Scotty Labs, which raised $6M in VC funding to help remotely control self-driving cars, quietly hires co-founders of high precision map maker Lvl5 (TechCrunch)

How companies like McDonald's and Facebook use podcasts, such as Gizmodo-produced The Sauce, as subtle brand-building efforts meant to entertain and persuade (David Yaffe-Bellany/New York Times)

Adult website Luscious left data of 1M+ users exposed, including user email addresses, location data, the content they uploaded, liked, and shared (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)

Apple Music launches a new chart, the Shazam Discovery Top 50, powered by Shazam data and featuring songs trending in the US and 10+ other countries (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

RubyGems team found a backdoor in 11 Ruby libraries, including rest-client, that could leak data and issue commands remotely, say it was abused for cryptomining (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

Uganda partners with Huawei to debut a facial recognition, AI-powered surveillance system, as part of Huawei's Safe City program, now in 200+ cities (Financial Times)

Sources: to satisfy regulators, YouTube officials are finalizing plans to end targeted advertisements on videos kids are likely to watch (Mark Bergen/Bloomberg)

Source: the European Commission is "investigating potential anti-competitive behavior" and use of consumer data related to the Libra digital currency project (Bloomberg)

Adult website Luscious left data of 1M+ users exposed, including user email addresses, location data, the content they uploaded, liked, and shared (Charlie Osborne/ZDNet)

IBM open sources the Power Instruction Set Architecture, which is used for its Power Series chips, and moves its OpenPower Foundation to The Linux Foundation (Ron Miller/TechCrunch)

As ~20 US states use AI to grade standardized test student essays, a look at the problematic practice that has little oversight, misses nuance, introduces bias (Todd Feathers/VICE)

Homeis, a social network for immigrant communities and expats, raises $12M Series A led by Canaan and Spark Capital (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Hands-on with an early preview of Apple Arcade, which will reportedly cost $4.99/month, and some early-access trial games on macOS (Jeff Benjamin/9to5Mac)

Microsoft debuts a new, more stable Edge beta, available for Windows 7, Windows 10, and macOS, says 1M+ people have tried the Chromium-based Edge browser so far (Stephen Shankland/CNET)

Pre-IPO analysis of WeWork, comparing its huge capital needs and other issues to its bull case, that it can overcome commoditization of its space like AWS did (Ben Thompson/Stratechery)

Profile of The Athletic, which has 400+ editorial staffers and expects ~1M subs to its sports news service by 2020; source: a funding in May valued it at ~$500M (Ira Boudway/Bloomberg)

Google Go, the lightweight search app that takes up only ~7MB of phone storage, launches to Android users worldwide, is optimized to save about 40% on data (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Sources: WhatsApp is in talks with multiple digital payment firms in Indonesia to integrate their mobile transaction services in the country (Fanny Potkin/Reuters)

Zendrive, which uses AI to lower insurance premiums by accounting for good driving habits, raises $37M Series B led by XL Innovate (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Sources: a slew of staff have left Apple's health unit as some feel it could be tackling more ambitious projects but is limited to wellness and prevention goals (Christina Farr/CNBC)

After announcing the Clear History privacy tool over a year ago, Facebook finally begins rolling it out in Ireland, South Korea, and Spain (Casey Newton/The Verge)

Facebook releases first findings from a conservative bias audit, says initial findings influenced policy changes like creation of a content oversight board (Sara Fischer/Axios)

Starship Technologies, which builds autonomous sidewalk delivery robots, raises $40M Series A led by Morpheus Ventures, says it has crossed 100K deliveries (Darrell Etherington/TechCrunch)

Apple announces that Apple Card is now available to all iPhone users in the United States, with a 3% cashback offer for Uber and Uber Eats (Benjamin Mayo/9to5Mac)

Facebook to hire a small team of journalists to curate a Top News section in its upcoming news tab, which it plans to release as a test before the year-end (Mike Isaac/New York Times)

Sources: a group of as many as 20 states will launch a joint antitrust investigation of big tech companies as soon as next month (Wall Street Journal)

H2O.ai, which provides an open source machine learning platform to build smart applications, raises $72.5M led by Goldman Sachs and Ping An Global Voyager Fund (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Yubico launches USB-C and Lightning-compatible Yubikey 5Ci, with native support for iOS apps like LastPass and 1Password out of the box, for $70 (Jay Peters/The Verge)

Xiaomi misses expectations with Q2 revenue of $7.36B, up 15% YoY, and profit of $277M, down 87% YoY; total smartphone shipments rose to 32M (Reuters)

Reputation.com, formerly known as ReputationDefender, which helps businesses track and improve online reviews, raises $30M led by Ascension Ventures (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

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17 aircraft arrive Sokoto, Kyari, CJN, Dangote, others present at Sultan's daughter's wedding - Premium Times

2 women accused of shoplifting strollers and accidentally leaving their baby behind - Yahoo

2020 Democratic presidential field begins to shrink - Yahoo

A psychiatrist who's worked with inmates where Jeffrey Epstein was held weighs in on his death - Yahoo

Address security problem, Akinfenwa tells FG - Tribune

Another woman raped, murdered in Enugu by suspected herdsmen - New Telegraph

APC in a quandary over Kogis Bello - The Nation

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Archbishop Martins to ministers: Be selfless, patriotic, diligent - New Telegraph

Armed men in military uniform kidnap five in Kaduna ' Police - Premium Times

Arrest of 77 Nigerians: American FBI yet to communicate with EFCC - Tribune

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Benson Lulu-Briggs death: Son, wife fight dirty - The Sun

Britain sends another warship to Gulf - Yahoo

Britain will withhold $37 billion from EU in no-deal Brexit: Mail on Sunday - Yahoo

Cathay flight attendant says fired over Facebook posts on HK protests - Yahoo

CNN's Brooke Baldwin Blasts Trump for Joking About Plummeting Dow Jones - Yahoo

Cutix unveils rebranded cables to beat fakers in market - The Sun

Day my husband stopped his friend from paying suggestive compliments to me 'Bolorunduro - Tribune

Democratic presidential field shrinks as debate cut looms - Yahoo

Edos path to good governance - The Nation

Ekuru with peppered sauce - Tribune

Enugu: Triumphant entry, as Ekweremadu returns home - New Telegraph

EPL: Salah strikes down Arsenal - Premium Times

Evoking 1968, Joe Biden asks New Hampshire voters: What if Barack Obama had been assassinated in 2008 - Yahoo

Excitement as Ohams presents 35-Year Strokes of a Master Cartoonist - The Sun

FG has launched war against human trafficking 'Buhari - Tribune

FG Should Stop Reneging Om Agreements With Varsity Workers - Daily Independent

Florida will be target of tropical depression expected to form off Southeast coast this weekend - Yahoo

G7 protesters throw stones, French police respond with tear gas - Premium Times

Ghost Particles Could Explain Just About Everything in the Universe - Yahoo

Global watchdog to monitor Pakistan's progress in tackling militant funding - Yahoo

Gov primary: Bayelsa PDP elects 315 ad hoc delegates - Tribune

Hong Kong police arrest 29 after overnight clashes, more protests planned - Yahoo

Hong Kong police arrest 29 as city returns to violence, further protests planned - Yahoo

How the Koch brothers used their massive fortune to power a conservative crusade that reshaped American politics - Yahoo

I don't recognise Buhari until Supreme Court rules on his election 'Adebanjo - Tribune

I thought she was going to die': Parents separated from children after Mississippi ICE raids - Yahoo

Illegal arm owners risk N500m fine as Reps push for stiffer penalties - Tribune

IPOB breeding enemies for S'East 'Balarabe Musa - New Telegraph

Israel arrests Palestinians after deadly West Bank blast - Yahoo

Israel hits Iranian force in Syria to stop 'killer drones': military - Yahoo

Israeli jets hit targets in Syria to prevent Iranian drone attack: army - Yahoo

Joe Biden asks audience to imagine Barack Obama's assassination - Yahoo

Joe Biden gaffes, mixes up New Hampshire and Vermont - Yahoo

Journalist killed in Mexico - Yahoo

Kano gov tussle: I have no case to answer 'Ganduje - Tribune

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