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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: AWS launches AWS Secret Region for US intel agencies and their partners working with “secret” classified data, to complement its air-gapped Top Secret Region  —  Amazon today announced that its AWS cloud computing service now offers a new region that's specifically designed …

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Bloomberg: Source: US Department of Justice is poised to sue AT&T to block merger with Time Warner  —  AT&T will face an antitrust suit over its Time Warner deal, Bloomberg News reports.  —  The Justice Department plans to brief media later today on a U.S. antitrust announcement, though didn't specify what the announcement will be about.

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: PayPal announces product integrations with Acorns' personal finance and investment service, after leading its Series D round last year  —  PayPal is better known as a digital payments service for buying things through eBay and a multitude of online and offline retail channels …

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Taylor Soper / GeekWire: Pixvana raises $14M Series A led by Vulcan Capital, with Microsoft and Cisco among investors participating, for its VR production platform SPIN Studio  —  What better way to pitch a virtual or augmented reality startup idea than to strap a bunch of headsets on the heads of venture capitalists …

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Kurt Wagner / Recode: FanDuel CEO and co-founder Nigel Eccles is leaving to start an eSports company  —  FanDuel's board is getting an overhaul, too.  —  FanDuel CEO and co-founder Nigel Eccles is leaving the company and stepping down from its board, where he was chairman.  —  Eccles, who's been CEO since …

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Tencent becomes the first Chinese tech firm valued over $500B after its share price more than doubled in last 12 months  —  Tencent has become the first Chinese company to be valued at more than $500 billion.  —  Shares of the 19-year-old company, which is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange …

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Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica: After a bug bounty hunter shared evidence with DJI that it had left customer data exposed online, the company called him a hacker and threatened him with CFAA  —  A bug bounty hunter shared evidence; DJI called him a hacker and threatened with CFAA.  —  DJI, the Chinese company that manufactures …

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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat: Health IQ, which uses an online quiz to screen customers with healthy lifestyles and offer them lower life insurance rates, raises $34.6M Series C led by a16z  —  Health IQ, a startup that collects data to let health-conscious people save an average of $1,238 a year on their life insurance premiums …

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Uber Newsroom: Uber adds live location sharing with drivers, expands its Beacon program to New York, San Francisco, and Chicago, and adds in-app Uber credit gifting  —  Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmailMore sharing options  —  When the holiday season gets going, so do you.

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Reuters: Uber to buy 24K SUVs from Volvo equipped with autonomous technology in a non-exclusive deal from 2019 to 2021; Uber will add its own self-driving technology  —  STOCKHOLM/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber plans to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars from Volvo, marking the transition of the U.S. firm …

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Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica: OnePlus 5T review: outstanding combination of specs and design for $500, Oxygen OS is good, but no water resistance and no MicroSD card support  —  OnePlus' $500 wonder makes us question why we'd ever pay $800 for a smartphone.  —  After launching the OnePlus 5 earlier this year …

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Sara Fischer / Axios: Bloomberg's new Twitter network will launch Dec 18; sources say it has already secured eight-figures in ad revenue for its first year  —  Bloomberg's new Twitter network will launch on Dec. 18 with six founding partners: Goldman Sachs, Infiniti, TD Ameritrade, CA Technologies, AT&T and CME Group — and more are in the works.

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Ernie Smith / Motherboard: A look at PLATO, a 1960s-era networked platform of computers for education, a precursor to modern Internet concepts including forums and instant messaging  —  How the PLATO system, a pre-internet online platform that first came to life at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the 1960s …

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Bangkok-based aCommerce, an e-commerce enabler that works with brands across a range of services, raises $65M Series B led by KKR-backed Emerald Media  —  Southeast Asia-based aCommerce, a startup that helps brands get into e-commerce and digital media in the fast-growing region …

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Mihir Dalal / Livemint: Xiaomi says it will invest up to $1B in 100 Indian startups over the next five years to create an ecosystem of apps around its smartphone brand  —  Xiaomi will invest $1 billion in 100 Indian startups over the next 5 years to create an ecosystem of apps around its smartphone brand, says CEO Lei Jun

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Jeff Bercovici / Inc.com: How Topix pivoted to pay platforms for traffic to its slideshows, quizzes, and other evergreen content, earning $5M on $36M in revenues in '16 with 29 employees  —  Topix CEO Chris Tolles explains how he stopped worrying and learned to love the platforms.  —  San Francisco bureau chief, Inc. @jeffbercovici

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Alibaba invests ~$2.9B for a 36% stake in Sun Art, which operates 446 hypermarkets across 224 cities in mainland China  —  Alibaba is continuing its expansion into offline retail after the Chinese e-commerce giant bought up more than one-third of one of Chinese most prolific operators of hypermarket stores.

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Theodore Schleifer / Recode: Though Steve Jurvetson hasn't faced public harassment allegations, he was asked to leave DFJ after firm caught him lying about personal misconduct, says source  —  Jurvetson was asked to leave because DFJ caught him lying about what it considered serious allegations, a source said.

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Romain Dillet / TechCrunch: Media startup Cheddar launches its streaming TV channel in Europe with French startup Molotov, which won't be charged a licensing fee  —  Business news network Cheddar has been partnering with social media platforms and OTT services in the U.S. And Cheddar is now looking at international markets.

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Liana B. Baker / Reuters: Sources: Marvell Technology has agreed to acquire Cavium for about $6B, as it seeks to expand in the networking equipment sector  —  (Reuters) - Chipmaker Marvell Technology Group Ltd (MRVL.O) has agreed to acquire smaller peer Cavium Inc (CAVM.O) for around $6 billion …

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Daniel Mützel / Motherboard: Norwegian hacker Einar Otto Stangvik on how he exposed Childs Play, a dark web pedophile forum that was hosted by Australian Police as part of a sting operation  —  ByDaniel Mützeltranslated byDaniel Stächelin  —  Einar Otto Stangvik talks with us about online child pornography …

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Chris Duckett / ZDNet: Chinese certificate authority StartCom, which was blacklisted in Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Edge for bad practices, to shut down and revoke all certs by 2020  —  Embattled Chinese certificate authority could not recover from blacklistings by browser makers.

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Harry McCracken / Fast Company: How The Washington Post built Arc, its suite of digital publishing tools, and started offering the software to other newsrooms as a paid service  —  The newspaper created a platform to tackle its own challenges.  Then, with Amazon-like spirit, it realized there was a business in helping other publishers do the same.

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Kaleigh Rogers / Motherboard: How local Detroit non-profits are building infrastructure, mixing fiber and wireless, to deliver the Internet to underserved communities  —  40 percent of Detroit residents don't have any access to internet at all.  —  Being stuck without access to the internet is often thought of as a problem only for rural America.

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Juro Osawa / The Information: Source: Alibaba to invest about $2.9B for ~36% stake in Sun Art, one of the largest retail megastore operators in China  —  Alibaba Group has agreed to invest about $2.9 billion in one of China's largest operators of retail megastores, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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