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Apple, which only used Google Safe Browsing for malicious site warnings earlier, now says in fine print it may also use Tencent Safe Browsing, which can log IPs@matthew_d_green  / A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering)

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

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)

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 look at US-based startups like CirrusMD and 98point6, which let users seek treatment from doctors for minor injuries or illnesses over text-based online chats @thpmurphy  / Associated Press)

US private equity group Thoma Bravo agrees to buy British cybersecurity company Sophos for £3.1B @Philgeorgiadis  / Financial Times)

Universities across Europe are intensifying efforts to create companies around tech developed in their labs, mirroring the model pioneered by US universities @DanMichaelsWSJ  / Wall Street Journal)

China Construction Bank says its blockchain-based platform for factoring and forfaiting services has processed $53B+ in transactions since April 2018 @jp4874  / CoinDesk)


Sources: Jack Dorsey has personally weighed in on content decisions at Twitter and overruled staff to keep Alex Jones and reinstate Richard Spencer's account (Wall Street Journal)

Report: Myspace has lost all the photos, videos, and music its users uploaded between 2003 and 2015 due to data corruption during a server migration project ( / Boing Boing)

Amazon confirms some Alexa devices are randomly laughing and says it's working on a fix, after multiple users posted about it on social media ( / The Verge)

Analysis of FCC net neutrality comments finds over 1M pro-repeal were likely faked and 99% of organic comments were in favor of keeping rules ( / Hacker Noon)

Facebook admits it stored some user passwords in plain text, searchable by employees; source says it may have been between 200M and 600M user passwords (Krebs on Security)

Hackers claim they stole ~4K unique personnel records from sites related to the FBI National Academy Association, claim to have data from 1K+ more hacked sites ( / TechCrunch)

Senate votes 50-48 to repeal Obama-era regulations on ISPs sharing customer data @hshaban )

Apple removes app from the App Store that tracked Hong Kong police and protests after pressure from China says it "violates our guidelines and local laws" @jacknicas  / New York Times)