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Tony Romm / Recode: Facebook plans to roll out a tool that shows users if they liked or followed a Russia-linked account on Facebook or Instagram  —  So far, Google and Twitter have not detailed their plans.  —  Facebook is trying to alert some U.S. users that they fell victim to Russian propaganda during the 2016 presidential election.

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch: UK government debuts Autumn Budget with new tech-focused initiatives: looser rules for testing self-driving cars, AI advisory body, £2.5B+ investment fund, more  —  With the UK government continuing to face down criticism over how it is handling plans to remove the UK from the European Union …

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Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios: California DMV website shows Lyft has secured a permit to test self-driving cars  —  Lyft is the latest company to get a permit from the to test self-driving cars on California's public roads, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles website.

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Peter Smith / Financial Times: French asset manager Tobam launches Europe's first bitcoin mutual fund, which is classified as an alternative investment fund and not traded on an exchange  —  A small Paris-based asset manager has launched Europe's first bitcoin mutual fund in a move intended to draw institutional investor interest …

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Lily Cusack / Reuters: EU agrees to abolish geoblocking restrictions on sales of e-commerce sites by end of 2018; proposal excludes copyrighted content like streaming services  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union has agreed a plan obliging online retailers operating in the bloc to make electrical goods …

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Yimian Wu / China Money Network: Nvidia-Backed Chinese Autonomous Truck Technology Firm TuSimple Raises $55M In Series C Round  —  Chinese autonomous truck driving technology firm TuSimple, backed by American semiconductor company Nvidia Corp., has raised US$55 million in a series C round led by Fuhe Capital and participated …

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New York Times: Sources: Kalanick and CSO Joe Sullivan ordered $100K ransom to be paid; Uber tracked the hackers, pushed them to sign NDAs, disguised the payment as bug bounty  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In November 2016, Uber executives faced an expensive — and risky — decision.

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Nathaniel Popper / New York Times: Bitfinex's inadequate disclosures of 2016 hack and unclear ownership links to Tether, issuer of popular coins used to buy bitcoin, raise doubts about exchange  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As the price of Bitcoin has soared, the virtual currency has edged toward the mainstream.

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Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch: New York Attorney General launches investigation of Uber's $100,000 hack cover-up  —  The revelation that Uber concealed a major 2016 data breach affecting 57 million users and paid hackers to destroy the evidence is yet another PR nightmare from Uber's darkest era, but it's also a major problem …

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Liana B. Baker / Reuters: Orient Hontai Capital scraps plans to acquire mobile ad startup AppLovin for $1.4B after US government pushback, will provide $841M in debt financing instead  —  (Reuters) - AppLovin has tweaked a $1.4 billion agreement to sell itself to Chinese buyout firm Orient Hontai Capital into a debt investment …

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica: FCC will also order states to scrap plans for their own net neutrality laws  —  Double win for ISPs: No more net neutrality, and state laws will be preempted.  —  In addition to ditching its own net neutrality rules, the Federal Communications Commission also plans to tell state …

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TechCrunch: Sources: Apple acquired Vrvana, Canadian augmented reality headset startup, for $30M  —  As Apple reportedly ramps up work to ship an augmented reality headset in 2020, it has acquired a startup from Montreal, Canada that could help it get there.  TechCrunch has learned that Apple has acquired Vrvana …

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Jeremy Hsu / Wired: How AI is being used to identify Chinese missile launch sites with 90% accuracy, on par with experts, reducing time spent searching from 60 hours to 42 minutes  —  INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES HAVE a limited number of trained human analysts looking for undeclared nuclear facilities, or secret military sites …

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Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg: Uber fires CSO, says it was hacked in Oct'16; DL #s of 7M drivers and names, email addresses, phone #s of 50M riders leaked; firm paid hackers $100K for silence  —  Company paid hackers $100,000 to delete info, keep quiet  —  Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan and another exec ousted

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Larry Dignan / ZDNet: Salesforce reports Q3 revenue of $2.68B, up 25% YoY, vs $2.65B est, as Sales Cloud revenue reaches $907M; ends quarter with 28,527 employees, up from 23,939 YoY  —  The fourth quarter non-GAAP earnings outlook is a bit light relative to expectations.  Salesforce also projects fiscal 2019 revenue.

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Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC: HPE says its CEO, Meg Whitman, will step down next year and remain on the board; President Antonio Neri will take over as CEO on February 1, 2018  —  - President Antonio Neri will take on the role of CEO as of Feb. 1, 2018, and both Whitman and Neri will be on the board.

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Reuters: Russia says it could act against Google if Sputnik, RT get lower search rankings, after Eric Schmidt said “those kinds of websites” should have less prominence  —  SAN FRANCISCO/MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin will take action against Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) …

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Taylor Lorenz / The Daily Beast: Rus Yusupov, CEO of popular app HQ Trivia, allegedly threatened to fire its game show host multiple times for having an interview with the press, then denied it  —  Every day, hundreds of thousands of people all over the world fire up their smartphones and log onto HQ, a live trivia app …

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Adi Robertson / The Verge: NY AG says the FCC has ignored multiple requests for logs and records amid NY's investigation of the flood of fake net neutrality comments to the federal agency  —  New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman revealed today that his office has been investigating a flood of spam FCC comments …

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Raquel Rutledge / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: FTC says it's reviewing TripAdvisor's business practices, as more travelers say their warnings of rapes and injuries at hotels were blocked or deleted from site  —  Dawn Allison didn't know when she went to the ladies' room at Rams Head Tavern south of Baltimore that just two days earlier …

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Paul Miller / The Verge: Google starts contributing to Apple's Swift programming language, submits pull request for adding Fuchsia OS support  —  Still doesn't help explain why Fuchsia exists  —  A few days ago, there was a flash-in-the-pan controversy over Google “forking” Apple's open-source programming language Swift.

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ProPublica: Ads for housing that exclude demographics are still being approved by Facebook, a year after a study highlighted the illegal discriminatory practice on Facebook  —  After ProPublica revealed last year that Facebook advertisers could target housing ads to whites only, the company announced …

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Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic: As Zuckerberg concludes his 30-state tour, a look at how he's described Facebook and its mission since 2005  —  There's a story that Mark Zuckerberg has told dozens of times over the years.  Shortly after he'd launched Facebook in February 2004, he went to get pizza with Kang-Xing Jin …

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Riva Gold / Wall Street Journal: Global tech stocks are up 41% this year, 20.5% more than the next best-performing sector, and outpacing others by the widest margin since the dotcom boom  —  U.S. and Asian stock exchanges have benefited from rally in tech stocks, but others have been left behind

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Bret Kinsella / Voicebot: YouTube is back on Amazon Echo Show with some minor alterations to its UI, after being pulled from the device in September  —  YouTube is back on Amazon Echo Show today.  This was a mini-controversy back in September when Google removed YouTube access from Echo Show.

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