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Sources: Slack is actively preparing for an IPO in the first half of 2019, with an expected valuation of more than $7B (Maureen Farrell/Wall Street…

Maureen Farrell / Wall Street Journal : Sources: Slack is actively preparing for an IPO in the first half of 2019, with an expected valuation of more than $7B   —  Messaging company, recently valued at roughly $7 billion, aims to debut in the first half  —  Slack Technologies Inc. is actively preparing for an initial public offering …

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Steve Ballmer’s USAFacts unveils Voter Center, an online resource showing what positions Congress members take publicly and compares them with…

Monica Nickelsburg / GeekWire : Steve Ballmer's USAFacts unveils Voter Center, an online resource showing what positions Congress members take publicly and compares them with government data   —  Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's nonprofit group USAFacts today debuted a new Voter Center, an online resource that shows …

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Sources: media startup Tech In Asia, which runs a blog and events business in Southeast Asia, laid off a third of its staff in July after canceling…

Jon Russell / TechCrunch : Sources: media startup Tech In Asia, which runs a blog and events business in Southeast Asia, laid off a third of its staff in July after canceling planned ICO   —  Earlier this month, media startup Tech In Asia surprised its readers when it announced plans to implement an $18 per month paywall.

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AWS rolls out new EC2 high memory instances for in-memory databases like SAP HANA, with 6, 9, and 12 TB memory, plans instances with 18 TB and 24 TB…

Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE : AWS rolls out new EC2 high memory instances for in-memory databases like SAP HANA, with 6, 9, and 12 TB memory, plans instances with 18 TB and 24 TB for 2019   —  Amazon Web Services Inc. today offered some revved-up cloud computing instances aimed at customers running resource-intensive “in-memory” databases such as SAP SE's HANA.

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Butterfly, maker of ultrasound-on-a-chip device iQ that produces clinical-quality images uploaded to the cloud via iPhone, raises $250M at a $1.25B…

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat : Butterfly, maker of ultrasound-on-a-chip device iQ that produces clinical-quality images uploaded to the cloud via iPhone, raises $250M at a $1.25B valuation   —  In the decades following the deployment of the first clinical ultrasound machine in 1956, the high-frequency scanners have become …

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FCC limits the time local authorities get to review 5G applications to 90 days, caps annual fees to $270 per small cell, unless cities can prove…

Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica : FCC limits the time local authorities get to review 5G applications to 90 days, caps annual fees to $270 per small cell, unless cities can prove higher costs   —  FCC orders cities and towns to slash permit fees for 5G equipment.  —  The Federal Communications Commission today finalized …

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Swiss-based Seba has secured ~$104M in funding, dependent on being granted a banking license from Finma, to create a cryptocurrency-focused regulated…

Nour Al Ali / Bloomberg : Swiss-based Seba has secured ~$104M in funding, dependent on being granted a banking license from Finma, to create a cryptocurrency-focused regulated bank   —  - Seba raises $104 million from private, institutional investors  — Company in talks with Swiss financial regulator since April

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How software used to process people at the US border played a role in stopping family reunification even after courts ordered the ICE agents to…

Jennifer Pahlka / Vox : How software used to process people at the US border played a role in stopping family reunification even after courts ordered the ICE agents to reunify them   —  And the power that tech workers wield in government policy.  —  I was listening to the New York Times daily podcast a few weeks ago when a segment caught my attention.

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Amazon’s anti-union tactics revealed in leaked 45-minute video that it sent to team leaders at Whole Foods; Amazon says Gizmodo "cherry-picked…

Bryan Menegus / Gizmodo : Amazon's anti-union tactics revealed in leaked 45-minute video that it sent to team leaders at Whole Foods; Amazon says Gizmodo “cherry-picked soundbites”   —  Amazon, the country's second-largest employer, has so far remained immune to any attempts by U.S. workers to form a union.

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Apple’s first iOS apps on Mac, via its universal framework Marzipan, are sluggish, have UI quirks, non-standard behaviors, should not be preinstalled…

Benjamin Mayo : Apple's first iOS apps on Mac, via its universal framework Marzipan, are sluggish, have UI quirks, non-standard behaviors, should not be preinstalled on Mojave   —  I don't like marzipan.  And I don't like Marzipan.  —  I haven't been running Mojave on my machine in the beta period.

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AnchorFree, which makes the Hotspot Shield, one of the earliest VPNs, raises $295M from WndrCo, Accel, and others, bringing total raised to $358M…

Erin Griffith / New York Times : AnchorFree, which makes the Hotspot Shield, one of the earliest VPNs, raises $295M from WndrCo, Accel, and others, bringing total raised to $358M   —  Despite the recent attention on digital privacy, venture capital investors have mostly stayed away from companies that offer virtual private networks …

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Livestream of US Senate Hearing on Foreign Influence Operations’ Use of Social Media Platforms (US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence)

US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence : Livestream of US Senate Hearing on Foreign Influence Operations' Use of Social Media Platforms   —  Witnesses Sheryl Sandberg Chief Operating Officer Facebook Biography Opening Statement Jack Dorsey Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Twitter Biography Opening Statement

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Survey of US adults: 42% took a break from Facebook for several weeks or more, 26% deleted app from their phone, 54% adjusted privacy settings in past…

Andrew Perrin / Pew Research Center : Survey of US adults: 42% took a break from Facebook for several weeks or more, 26% deleted app from their phone, 54% adjusted privacy settings in past 12 months   —  Significant shares of Facebook users have taken steps in the past year to reframe their relationship with the social media platform.

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Report: Goldman Sachs is ditching plans to open a cryptocurrency trading desk for the foreseeable future as the regulatory framework remains unclear…

Diptendu Lahiri / Reuters : Report: Goldman Sachs is ditching plans to open a cryptocurrency trading desk for the foreseeable future as the regulatory framework remains unclear   —  (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) is ditching plans to open a desk for trading cryptocurrencies in the foreseeable future …

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