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Here are the editor's top picks for the week.

Analysis: Google data breach could lead to stricter regulation, brand damage

Google LLC's delay in disclosing a recent security glitch raised questions likely to draw government scrutiny and could have a lasting impact on the firm's image, analysts and brand experts said. The Alphabet Inc. unit said in an Oct. 8 blog post it is shutting down its Google+ social network following a disclosure that a bug shared the data of hundreds of thousands of users on the platform. The company said it discovered and fixed the vulnerability in March, but chose not to alert the public at that time.

Regulators, industry debate pricing caller protections amid rise of robocalls

A rising tide of illegal robocalls has telecom operators and U.S. regulators debating how far companies should go to block unwanted calls and whether consumers should be paying for these services. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission spent the last 18 months working with operators and soliciting feedback on various efforts to block unwanted and fraudulent calls.

NFL reverses ratings decline, as game audiences grow 3% through week 5

Entering the sixth week of its 2018 campaign, the National Football League thus far has stemmed the audience erosion of the past two seasons. Across all windows and networks, NFL games through the first five weeks averaged 15.6 million viewers according to data from Nielsen Holdings PLC, a 3% gain from the corresponding point of the 2017 season.

Senators urge bipartisan approach to federal data privacy solution

As Congress continues to debate its response to the EU's data protection law, several lawmakers expressed interest in collaborating on a bipartisan solution at an Oct. 10 Senate Commerce Committee hearing. A series of high-profile data breaches this year at companies like Facebook Inc. as well as new privacy laws in Europe and the U.S. state of California is prompting inquiries on Capitol Hill about crafting a U.S. federal privacy standard.

'Venom' to lose a little sting as 'First Man' lifts off

With a man in space and an alien on earth, the October box office should continue its otherworldly upside streak. Debut flick "First Man" is looking for a successful launch, but it will likely continue to be eclipsed by recording-breaking alien superhero movie "Venom."