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Blood capital, WeWork whisperings, and gobs of cash for smiles and vegetables

 Hello and welcome back to  Equity , TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we had a good crew on the show. We had Connie Loizos and Danny Crichton from TechCrunch, I scampered over from the Crunchbase News domicile, and Brian O’Malley , a general partner with  Forerunner Ventures,  joined us to us to round out the collective. It was yet another packed episode. There’s so much going on in the venture world that we can’t get to it all. Not even a large fraction, really. So we did what we always do, and picked out our favorite bits. Up top we talked about the recent market carnage . It’s been super rough for tech stocks large, small, medium, and SaaS. Everyone got hit.

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Israel-based CommonSense Robotics launches first fully automated fulfillment center in Tel Aviv, using a combination of robotic sorting systems and AI…

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat : Israel-based CommonSense Robotics launches first fully automated fulfillment center in Tel Aviv, using a combination of robotic sorting systems and AI software   —  Imagine if your neighborhood grocery or convenience store offered one hour, on-demand fulfillment not through middlemen …

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Under the EU’s new copyright directive, streaming services like Amazon and Netflix will be forced to pay higher copyright fees to filmmakers (Nick…

Nick Vivarelli / Variety : Under the EU's new copyright directive, streaming services like Amazon and Netflix will be forced to pay higher copyright fees to filmmakers   —  The European Parliament passed a wide-ranging digital copyright directive Wednesday that will give film and TV writers and directors the possibility …

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MSRC, the Microsoft unit that receives and handles bug reports, details for first time the internal procedures it uses to prioritize and classify…

Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet : MSRC, the Microsoft unit that receives and handles bug reports, details for first time the internal procedures it uses to prioritize and classify security bugs   —  The Microsoft Security Response Center publishes two documents detailing internal procedures used by its staff to prioritize and classify security bugs.

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How several fact-checking sites around the world approach harassment and death threats following partnerships with Facebook to stem misinformation…

Daniel Funke / Poynter : How several fact-checking sites around the world approach harassment and death threats following partnerships with Facebook to stem misinformation   —  The PDF file is 299 pages long.  It has a table of contents, infographics and a statement of intent.  And it has extensive details …

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Vimeo is pivoting away from being a video viewing destination, instead focusing on selling software tools to its community of millions of social…

Sara Fischer / Axios : Vimeo is pivoting away from being a video viewing destination, instead focusing on selling software tools to its community of millions of social creators   —  Vimeo, the 14-year-old video service that started as a platform for indie filmmakers, is changing its business to focus on selling software tools …

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Snap launches new styles of Spectacles 2 with polarized lenses that look more like traditional sunglasses, available today for $199 (Chris Welch/The…

Chris Welch / The Verge : Snap launches new styles of Spectacles 2 with polarized lenses that look more like traditional sunglasses, available today for $199   —  And they've got polarized lenses  —  If the main hangup that's kept you from purchasing Snap's Spectacles has been their design, two new models that the company …

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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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Russian hackers slipped up in attempt to hack senator

Hackers that targeted a Democratic senator up for reelection this year may have left behind clues in their attack that further suggest Russian involvement. The office of Claire McCaskill, a Missouri senator, was targeted in an apparent targeted phishing attack from a fake Microsoft domain that the software giant later seized pursuant to a court order . The Daily Beast reported that a then-McCaskill staffer was the target of the attack, which was attributed to hackers linked to Russian intelligence  — largely because the effort was similar to the phishing attack on Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta, whose account was successfully breached and emails were shared with WikiLeaks. Now, new research suggests that the phishing page used in the McCaskill attack contains language-specific code references that lends further credence that Russian hackers were involved. When the hackers built the phishing page used to trick the McCaskill staffer, they scraped the code from a legitimate Microsoft login page that staff would use to log into their network. That code included a browser-generated link of the original web page that was scraped, the research said. That link appended a language marker at the end which varies depending on which country the user is located in the world — such as “gb” for the UK, or “fr” for France. Because the language tag was “ru”, which researchers say shows that the code was likely scraped from a user in Russia. Yonathan Klijsnma, threat researcher at RiskIQ, said that in many cases hackers won’t build a phishing page from scratch but will simply copy and save the page it’s trying to imitate. In doing so, any saved language tags embedded in the code “can be a crucial clue in connecting operators with their malicious campaigns.” Klijsnma said these tags are often overlooked by the hackers. That which resulted in a sloppy phishing page that was saved by RiskIQ’s vast internet crawling operation. Although McCaskill, a vocal Russia critic, confirmed the “unsuccessful” attempted hack in a press release in July that she attributed to Russia, a spokesperson for McCaskill declined to comment further when reached Wednesday prior to publication.

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Apple pulls Facebook’s Onavo VPN app from the App Store, says that apps should not collect information about other installed apps for the purposes of…

Ari Levy / CNBC : Apple pulls Facebook's Onavo VPN app from the App Store, says that apps should not collect information about other installed apps for the purposes of analytics   —  - Facebook acquired Israeli security app developer Onavo in 2013 and has used it to offer consumers access to a virtual private network.

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