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Source: Apple did not acquire music analytics startup Asaii but instead hired its founders to work on Apple Music (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch : Source: Apple did not acquire music analytics startup Asaii but instead hired its founders to work on Apple Music   —  On the heels of news of not one but two acquisitions from Apple last week, a report surfaced yesterday that Apple had picked up yet another company, the music analytics startup Asaii …

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Lyft launches All-Access Pass subscription plan for $299 per month for 30 rides costing up to $15 each, for single-passenger trips and carpooling…

Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge : Lyft launches All-Access Pass subscription plan for $299 per month for 30 rides costing up to $15 each, for single-passenger trips and carpooling rides   —  Netflix, but for rides  —  Lyft's monthly subscription experiment is going national.  The ride-hailing company has been tinkering …

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Sources: Uber could be valued at $120B in an IPO as soon as early 2019, nearly double its valuation two months ago, according to proposals from banks…

Wall Street Journal : Sources: Uber could be valued at $120B in an IPO as soon as early 2019, nearly double its valuation two months ago, according to proposals from banks   —  Eye-popping offering, which could take place early next year, is nearly double the ride-hailing company's valuation in a fundraising round two months ago

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Credit card giants Visa, Mastercard, and Amex, as well as other financial players like Amazon and PayPal flout India’s new data localization…

Vindu Goel / New York Times : Credit card giants Visa, Mastercard, and Amex, as well as other financial players like Amazon and PayPal flout India's new data localization regulation   —  MUMBAI, India — When the clock struck midnight in Delhi at the end of Monday, Visa, Mastercard and American Express were suddenly …

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Singapore’s Temasek acquires Israeli cybersecurity company Sygnia, source says for $250M; Syngia will continue to operate independently after the deal…

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch : Singapore's Temasek acquires Israeli cybersecurity company Sygnia, source says for $250M; Syngia will continue to operate independently after the deal   —  Temasek, the Singaporean government-controlled company that is one of the world's biggest investors, is today announcing an acquisition to beef up its cybersecurity business.

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Already facing an uphill misinformation fight, Facebook loses to scammers, too

Enlarge / A partial screenshot of one of the profiles pushing an adult dating scam on Facebook. Responding to critics in the US Congress and elsewhere who say Facebook isn’t doing enough to stop the flow of disinformation, the social network in recent days has purged hundreds of accounts it found were designed to sway elections, sow social division, and prop up ruthless governments. The focus has left an opening for scammers who routinely use Facebook to send unsuspecting users to fraudulent dating sites. Randy Abrams, a senior security analyst at Webroot, told Ars that the account belonging to one of his family members was recently compromised. The people behind the compromise used the hacked account to send Abrams requests to like various accounts, which all showed images of scantily clad women inviting visitors to view videos. Many of the fake profiles had followers and likes in excess of 6,500, an indication the scam has been gaining traction. At the time this post went live, the campaign remained active, even after Ars reported it to the company's PR representatives. The videos redirected to a variety of sites that invited viewers to meet nearby women who wanted sex. Many of the images on these sites showed nude women and asked visitors to enter credit card numbers to proceed. Clicking the browser's back arrow created an endless series of new sites. The only way to get out of the never-ending loop was to close the tab. Read 15 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Winamp 6, due out in 2019, aims to whip more llama ass

Enlarge (credit: Keng Susumpow / Flickr ) Rejoice, llama-whipping fans, a new version of Winamp is set to be released in 2019, according to a Monday report by TechCrunch . Alexandre Saboundjian, the CEO of Radionomy , said that the upgrade would bring a "complete listening experience." AudioValley , Radionomy's parent company, did not immediately respond to Ars' request for comment. Read 4 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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