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Instagram influencers in countries affected by the removal of likes see less engagement and slower growth in followers, causing posts to sink down in the feed (Paige Leskin/Business Insider)

How a high-school dropout added a Huawei router zero-day to the Mirai botnet to create the formidable Satori botnet, which experts say infected 500K+ devices (Kevin Poulsen/The Daily Beast)

Medium's app code shows the company is working on an Instapaper-like reader app function that would let users save articles from the web to a reading list (Jane Manchun Wong)

Apple launches a public beta of Apple Music on the web, available to all subscribers worldwide (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

VillageMD, which provides data analytics to doctors through its docOS primary care platform, raises $100M Series B, bringing its total raised to $215M (Jim Dallke/American Inno)

Sonos announces its first portable speaker, the $399 Sonos Move with WiFi and Bluetooth and support for Google Assistant, Alexa, AirPlay 2, and Spotify Connect (Dan Seifert/The Verge)

Profile of Koch Disruptive Technologies, Koch Industries' tech fund, which has put ~$500M into startups over two years, as it navigates liberal Silicon Valley (Sarah McBride/Bloomberg)

Google unveils Assistant Ambient mode that turns docked Android phones and tablets into smart displays with calendar info, weather, smart home controls, more (Dieter Bohn/The Verge)

In-depth Android 10 review: adds many oft-requested features, like a dark mode, and gesture navigation is great for a first try, but much work remains (Ron Amadeo/Ars Technica)

The YouTube-FTC deal on child privacy violations includes conditions that could depress revenue and views for creators, like removing comments and notifications (Julia Alexander/The Verge)

Sources: Palantir has approached several major investors, like SoftBank, about a large funding round as it postpones its expected 2020 IPO until 2022 or 2023 (Bloomberg)

Olivela, a platform for luxury fashion, jewellery, and more from 400+ brands that gives 20% of sales to charity, raises $35M Series A led by Morgan Stanley (FinSMEs)

Atlassian announces new pricing tiers, including a free tier for all services, and new tools, such as data residency controls for companies (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)

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New York-based BigID, which helps monitor and protect enterprise customers' private data, raises $50M Series C; BigID has raised over $96M, per Crunchbase (Ron Miller/TechCrunch)

Scholars have resigned from MIT Media Lab over post-2010 financing from Jeffrey Epstein; its founder, Nicholas Negroponte, says it was right to take the money (MIT Technology Review)

Facebook, Microsoft, the Partnership on AI, and seven universities launch the "Deepfake Detection Challenge" to encourage better ways of detecting deepfakes (Klint Finley/Wired)

Stripe launches Stripe Capital, a service for advancing loans to customers that get repaid out of future sales made through Stripe's platform, in the US (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

YouTube launches a fashion vertical, aggregating the platform's fashion content into one place, as it seeks to expand in the industry (Katherine Rosman/New York Times)

Samsung says it is canceling all Galaxy Fold pre-orders placed online through Samsung and will offer customers $250 credit for the Samsung store (Chaim Gartenberg/The Verge)

Pew study of 4,272 US adults: 86% have heard about facial recognition tech, 56% trust law enforcement to use it responsibly compared to 36% for tech companies (Aaron Smith/Pew Research Center)

Binance launches a USD-backed stablecoin in the US in partnership with Paxos after receiving approval from NY regulators (Nikhilesh De/CoinDesk)

A closer look at the updated Galaxy Fold, with a protective film that can no longer be peeled off, sturdier hinge, and protection caps to stop under-screen dirt (Tom Warren/The Verge)

Sources: Chinese hackers compromised telecom operators in countries including Turkey, India, Thailand, and Malaysia to track Uighur travelers there (Jack Stubbs/Reuters)

Health Recovery Solutions, which develops remote monitoring tools for health systems and medical centers, raises $10M from growth equity firm Edison Partners (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

Sources: WeWork is considering seeking a valuation of ~$20B-$30B in its US IPO, marking a significant reduction from an earlier valuation of $47B (Bloomberg)

Facebook Dating launches in the US as an opt-in feature integrated with Instagram, for users 18 and over, with a separate profile (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Google introduces personalized movie and TV show recommendations in mobile search using a swipe left/right interface like in dating apps (Matt Sheets/The Keyword)

Google is open sourcing its differential privacy library, which it uses to securely draw insights from data sets containing sensitive user information (Nick Statt/The Verge)

Chinese CRM service provider Xiaoshouyi raises $120M Series E from Tencent, in what is said to be the largest CRM investment in the country's history (Song Jingli/KrASIA)

Prudential Financial to buy Assurance IQ, which uses data science and AI to sell insurance policies from 20+ providers online, for $2.35B (Reuters)

Sources: Apple is developing in-screen fingerprint ID for its iPhones and working on its first low-cost iPhone since iPhone SE, both for as early as 2020 (Bloomberg)

Android 10 review: notifications and privacy permissions easier to manage, but Digital Wellbeing features confusing, and most phones won't get this update soon (Dieter Bohn/The Verge)

Palo Alto Networks to acquire IoT security startup Zingbox for $75M; Zingbox has 70 employees and has raised $23.5M in outside funding (Michael Novinson/CRN)

Even Financial, which provides APIs for financial services search, acquisition, and monetization, raises $25M round led by Citi Ventures and MassMutual Ventures (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

A federal judge has ruled that a federal government database of people deemed to be "known or suspected terrorists" violates US citizens' constitutional rights (Charlie Savage/New York Times)

Microsoft acquires Seattle-based cloud migration company Movere for an undisclosed amount; Movere is Microsoft's third Azure-related acquisition since July (Taylor Soper/GeekWire)

Samsung says the 512GB 5G model of Galaxy Fold will be available in South Korea starting September 6 for ~$2,000, US launch to happen "in the coming weeks" (Richard Lawler/Engadget)

Data protection and management company Commvault to acquire Hedvig, a software-defined distributed storage provider, for $225M; Hedvig had raised $52M from VCs (Joseph F. Kovar/CRN)

As details of Ninja's Mixer deal remain unknown, his first look at Gears 5 prompts questions of why the streamer got exclusive access to the new Microsoft game (Julia Alexander/The Verge)

Facebook rolls out pop-up windows on Facebook and Instagram that appear when people search for vaccine info; notices point to CDC or World Health Organization (Jacqueline Howard/CNN)

Connected learning platform Chegg to buy Thinkful, a Brooklyn-based online coding bootcamp, for $80M; Thinkful has raised $16M in VC funding (Wade Tyler Millward/EdSurge)

Singapore to invest $360M in AI and other digital tech through 2020 and is already attracting US and Chinese companies with policies that support AI research (Yoolim Lee/Bloomberg)

Inside BuzzFeed's Tech + News Working Group, a collaboration between reporters and the IT team, leading to better understanding of issues, new tools, and scoops (Logan McDonald/BuzzFeed)

Canada-based Clio, which offers cloud-based legal practice management, client intake, and legal CRM software, raises $250M Series D (Mary Ann Azevedo/Crunchbase News)

Slack reports Q2 revenue of $145M, up 58% YoY, says it had over 100,000 paid customers, up 37% YoY; stock is down ~15%+ after hours (Jordan Novet/CNBC)

Twitter says it has "temporarily" turned off the SMS-to-tweet feature, after Jack Dorsey's account was compromised (Jacob Kastrenakes/The Verge)

YouTube's championing of its total number of takedowns for hate speech misses the point: hateful content often comes from high profile accounts (Paris Martineau/Wired)

Unsecured database with 419M+ phone numbers linked to Facebook accounts found; FB says data was obtained before it disabled searching for users via phone number (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)

Source: Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft held a daylong meeting with US government officials over 2020 election security (New York Times)

Google's FTC settlement, essentially a rounding error, shows the US political system and its outdated laws aren't ready to rein in powerful tech companies (Peter Kafka/Vox)




Business Headlines Today
[Wed-18-Sep-2019]

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5 important things happening in South Africa today - BusinessTech

5 Keys To Retaining Millennial Employees, The 'Job-Hopper' Generation - Forbes

50 Cent Talks 'Power' Season Finale, Future Projects And Upcoming Elections - Forbes

5trn AMCON Debt: FG sets up committee to recover debt - Nairametrics

7 Simple Steps To Become A More Effective Manager - Forbes

9mobile to power 100 sites off grid - Punch

A Brand New 'Battlestar Galactica' Is On The Way, From The Creator Of 'Mr Robot - Forbes

A CW Star's Low-Key Guide To Los Angeles - Forbes

Abuja Trade Fair to Boost Financing for SMEs - Thisday

Adam Gase Must Step Up His Game For Sinking New York Jets To Stay Relevant - Forbes

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Add Up The Parts: The Vanguard Mega Cap ETF Could Be Worth $114 - Forbes

Adegbite promises stakeholders collaboration in mines and steel sector - Daily Times

Adoption of agric biotechnology would end hunger in Nigeria ' Ogbonnaya - Tribune

Afreximbanks 20th Trade Finance seminar, workshop open for registrations - Daily Times

Africa Re boss harp on sector support - Vanguard

Agada to deliver keynote address at SECYCONE - The Sun

Agriculture, Manufacturing, others to take centre stage at Nigeria economic summit - Daily Times

AIICO Insurance to create 16b new shares - The Nation

Airlines Earned $1.5B In Checked Bag Fees Last Quarter. It's The Tax Savings They Love Most. - Forbes

Airtel tops worst performing stocks in today's trading session - Nairametrics

An exhibition in Shanghai celebrates Einstein's genius - The Economist

Analysts Forecast 10% Upside For The Holdings Of The iShares Edge MSCI USA Value Factor ETF - Forbes

Anchor Insurance introduces two new products - Vanguard

Apps To Make You An Environment-Focused Fashionista, No Matter What Your Style - Forbes

Augmented Reality: Eight AR Marketing Applications For Brands In 2019 - Forbes

Author Philip Roth's Sprawling Connecticut Estate Listed For $2.925 Million - Forbes

Auto policy implementationll increase spare parts demand - Punch

Bellwether Stocks' Sell-Offs Drag Equities Market Down 0.61% - Daily Independent

Blueprint For Industry 4.0: What Manufacturers Must Do Today - Forbes

Bolt develops ID confirmation portal for drivers - Punch

Bribery allegations againstApapa Traffic Taskforce team untrue, malicious 'Truck owners - The Sun

BTS And Nicki Minaj's 'Idol' Is The Rare K-Pop Hit To Live On The Charts For A Full Year - Forbes

Buckle Up! Content Marketing Is Taking Over (In A Good Way) - Forbes

Buhari disbands Presidential Panel for recovery of public property - The Sun

Buhari reappoints Adeyemi, Adeleye as SAs - Punch

Buhari strips Osinbajo's control over NEMA, Other Agencies - Financial Watch

Building Collapse: Architects' Project Registration Number Resonates As LASEMA Rallies Stakeholders - Daily Independent

Building To Sell: What Sales Directors Should Do To Position A Company For An M&A - Forbes

CBN begins charges on deposits, withdrawals above N500,000 - Punch

CBN imposes fees on deposits, withdrawals - Punch

CBN introduces new policies, commences charges on money deposits - Nairametrics

CBN moves monetary policy meeting forward to Sept 19-20 - The Sun

CBN reschedules MPC meeting to Thursday - Punch

CBN shifts MPC meeting to Thursday, Friday - New Telegraph

CCB Recruitment 2019/2020 portal | Application Registration Form [www.cbb.gov.ng] - Financial Watch

Centre set to hold 2019 SME conference - Daily Times

Chat commerce key to growing Nigerian businesses 'Van Rensburg - The Sun

Chewy Still Wins Pet Parents' Hearts, But Investors' That's Another Story - Forbes

Chic Bohemian Dressing In Autumn - Forbes

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