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Pear Video, Chinese online platform for short videos, raises $98.2M Series A led by Tencent and Baidu (Iris Deng/South China Morning Post)

Iris Deng / South China Morning Post: Pear Video, Chinese online platform for short videos, raises $98.2M Series A led…

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Profile of CrowdSource Rescue, a service created by two friends during Hurricane Harvey, that helped coordinate thousands of rescues during subsequent disasters (Ryan Duffy/The Verge)

Ryan Duffy / The Verge: Profile of CrowdSource Rescue, a service created by two friends during Hurricane Harvey, that helped…

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At $7.4B, streaming revenue was 43% of all recorded music revenues in 2017; revenue for artists selling directly via platforms like Bandcamp grew 27.2% YoY (Mark Mulligan/Music Industry Blog)

Mark Mulligan / Music Industry Blog: At $7.4B, streaming revenue was 43% of all recorded music revenues in 2017; revenue…

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Avast outlines how hackers hid a backdoor in its PC cleanup tool CCleaner, which tainted ~2.27M downloads in 2017, as part of a targeted attack on tech firms (Lily Hay Newman/Wired)

Lily Hay Newman / Wired: Avast outlines how hackers hid a backdoor in its PC cleanup tool CCleaner, which tainted…

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Iran's central bank bans the country's banks from dealing in cryptocurrencies over money-laundering concerns, as the country tries to halt a currency crisis (Reuters)

Reuters: Iran’s central bank bans the country’s banks from dealing in cryptocurrencies over money-laundering concerns, as the country tries to…

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Gary Gensler, CFTC's head from 2009 to 2014, thinks Ethereum and Ripple's respective currencies may have been issued and traded in violation of securities laws (Nathaniel Popper/New York Times)

Nathaniel Popper / New York Times: Gary Gensler, CFTC’s head from 2009 to 2014, thinks Ethereum and Ripple’s respective currencies…

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A look at the E-rate program that's intended to subsidize broadband expansion to rural schools but mired in red tape under FCC, blocking access to 750K students (Issie Lapowsky/Wired)

Issie Lapowsky / Wired: A look at the E-rate program that’s intended to subsidize broadband expansion to rural schools but…

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In interview Kogan admits he broke Facebook's ToS but his app was within norms, says he worked on 10+ papers with Pete Fleming, now Instagram's head of research (Ryan Mac/BuzzFeed)

Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed: In interview Kogan admits he broke Facebook’s ToS but his app was within norms, says he…

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12th District Court of Appeals strikes down Texas law that made disclosing "revenge porn" unlawful, ruling it violates the First Amendment (Tim Cushing/Techdirt)

Tim Cushing / Techdirt: 12th District Court of Appeals strikes down Texas law that made disclosing “revenge porn” unlawful, ruling…

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Google confirms some of its services, including Google Search, Gmail, and Android push notifications, continue to suffer outages in Russia amid Telegram ban (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: Google confirms some of its services, including Google Search, Gmail, and Android push notifications, continue to…