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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: Vimeo adds support for HDR videos for all users, a year after YouTube added the same feature  —  Video-streaming company Vimeo has announced that it now supports high dynamic range (HDR) content.  —  HDR, for the uninitiated, is a technique used to enhance the contrast of colors …

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Andy Greenberg / Wired: Researchers uncover Amazon Key flaw that lets computer in WiFi range freeze or disable its camera; Amazon says a fix is coming later this week  —  WHEN AMAZON LAUNCHED its Amazon Key service last month, it also offered a remedy for anyone—realistically, most people—who might be creeped …

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Khari Johnson / VentureBeat: Lyft says it has hired 12 of 15 employees of Kamcord's livestream startup to work on its service; Kamcord says it will sunset its service  —  Lyft today announced that it has hired the majority of employees from Kamcord, a company that plans to sunset its products for livestreaming and social media.

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David Ruddock / Android Police: Pixel Buds review: gestures and Assistant work well, quick pairing is good when it works, but Translate is janky, subpar comfort, lifeless audio, it's expensive  —  The Pixel Buds mark Google's first foray into personal wireless audio.  I won't make you wait: it's not gone well.  —  THE GOOD

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Biz Carson / Forbes: Airbnb acquires Accomable, dubbed “Airbnb for disabled people”, as it seeks to improve disability access  —  When Accomable first launched in 2015, the press immediately coined it as “Airbnb for disabled people.”  The moniker would be prophetic.

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Chris Velazco / Engadget: OnePlus unveils 5T with 6.01" 1080x2160 AMOLED display, Snapdragon 835, 8GB RAM, 3,300mAh battery, 16/20MP rear cameras; ships Nov. 21 with 64/128GB for $499+  —  The OnePlus 5 isn't that old, but it's already been replaced.  The company just unveiled its new flagship smartphone at a launch event …

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Ryan Browne / CNBC: American Express and Santander partner with blockchain startup Ripple to ease US-UK money transfers using Ripple's platform  —  - Payments made by American Express' business customers on its FXIP platform will now be routed through Ripple's enterprise blockchain network

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Jeremy Kahn / Bloomberg: TransferWise says revenue for year ending March 2017 reached £67M, up from £28M YoY, as 2017 loss narrows to £56K, down from £17M YoY  —  Company, now valued at $1.6 billion, also reports a small profit  —  TransferWise Ltd., the London-based international payments firm …

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: Kaspersky Labs releases a more detailed report on how it obtained NSA-linked Equation Group source code in 2014  —  Moscow-based AV provider challenges claims it helped Russian spies.  —  For almost two months in 2014, servers belonging to Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab received confidential …

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Nathan Ingraham / Engadget: Baidu launches colorful smart speaker co-designed with Teenage Engineering, launching only in China, available next month for ~$256  —  Most people still don't know who or what Teenage Engineering is.  But, those that do probably think of them as a music company — the iconic OP-1 synthesizer …

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Tom Warren / The Verge: Surface Book 2 Review: powerful, great keyboard and trackpad, Xbox Wireless support, but power supply isn't enough for gaming and no Thunderbolt 3 support  —  A powerful portable desktop PC  —  I always wanted Microsoft to build a laptop, and it finally went ahead and built one without any tricks earlier this year.

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: UnitedMasters, which helps artists distribute music on streaming platforms and advertise to fans, raised $70M Series A led by Alphabet; Ben Horowitz joins board  —  Record labels are obsolete.  They haven't kept up as music evolved from selling CDs to streaming songs to promoting concert tickets and merchandise.

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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab: Tech companies including Facebook and Google along with some news outlets join The Trust Project and start displaying tags to identify trustworthy news  —  “The hope is that, if news organizations are more clear and transparent about what they're doing, then users can make their own decisions."

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Jeremy Kahn / Bloomberg: Profile of UK government's annual Cyber Security Challenge that tests contestants' abilities during cyberwar simulations and is used by companies to hire staff  —  Realistic scenarios help wannabe cybersecurity experts strut their stuff  —  A major shipping company is under attack.

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Julia Reda: New measure passed by EU Parliament would let consumer protection authorities order any third party to block access to websites without judicial authorization  —  Today, the European Parliament passed the Consumer Protection Cooperation regulation.  Unfortunately, it contains an overreaching general website blocking provision.

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David Shepardson / Reuters: Sources: FCC's Ajit Pai expected to roll out details on reversing net neutrality next week, seeking a final vote on the plan Dec. 14  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the Federal Communications Commission is set to unveil plans next week for a final vote to reverse a landmark 2015 net …

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Aaron Stanley / CoinDesk: Class action suit filed against Tezos founders alleges they sold unregistered securities at ICO, weeks after another suit alleged violation of US securities law  —  For the second time in less than three weeks, a lawsuit has been filed against the founders of the Tezos project.

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David Pierce / Wired: Google Pixel Buds review: great sound, but Assistant only works on Android, Translate is only available to Pixel owners, and pairing via case sometimes fails  —  In your ears, Google's earbuds work beautifully—but it takes way too much work to get them there.  —  I CAN'T FIGURE out the Google Pixel Buds.

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CNBC: Rider in California sues Uber, claiming it did not take sufficient measures to protect her from a driver who was charged after allegedly raping her  —  - An anonymous Uber rider is suing the company in California Superior Court, claiming it didn't do a sufficient background check on a driver who allegedly raped her.

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Casey Newton / The Verge: Twitter says users can now have verified status revoked, unveils new guidelines for verified accounts as it works on authentication and verification program  —  A risky new step in the fight to reduce harassment  —  Twitter will begin removing verification badges from users who violate its rules, the company said today.

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Ashley Rodriguez / Quartz: Netflix survey of 37K adults globally: 67% of customers watch on mobile devices in public, 26% watch at work, ~45% have caught others spying on their screens  —  We will watch it on a plane.  And in the dark.  And on a train.  And in a car.  And in a tree.  Okay, maybe not that last one.

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Becky Peterson / Business Insider: Cisco reports Q1 revenue of $12.14B, down 2% YoY, beating $12.11B estimate, as net income grows 3% YoY to $2.4B  —  Cisco's stock shot up 4% in after-hours trading Wednesday after the company announced the ended of its multi-quarter decline.  The stock hung around $35.40 in after hours trade, after closing at $34.11.

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Katie Roof / TechCrunch: Email marketing company SendGrid closes up ~13%, at $18.03, on its first day of trading after raising $131M in IPO  —  Marketing email company SendGrid had a decent first day on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday.  After pricing shares at $16, the company closed at $18.03, or up almost 13%.

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Jordan Pearson / Motherboard: Ethereum startup Parity says it knew about flaw in multi-signature wallets for months but didn't address it, leading to $150M+ in lost ether  —  Parity released its postmortem of the incident on Wednesday.  —  After someone going by “Devops199” managed to permanently lock up millions …

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Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge: Google updates Assistant with developer support for Spanish, Italian, and other languages, ability to recognize implicit requests, more  —  Also, the Nexus Player is back  —  Google has announced a bunch of new updates coming to Assistant today that should make it possible for developers …

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