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Reuters: Chinese online ticketing platform Maoyan raises ~$151M from Tencent, valuing the company at about $3B  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - Maoyan, one of China's biggest online ticketing platforms, on Wednesday said it has secured 1 billion yuan ($150.82 million) in funding from internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd …

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Mike Masnick / Techdirt: US Defense Department's Centcom found hosting at least 1.8B posts of scraped internet content from last 8 years on open AWS server  —  There are two big WTFs in this story.  First, the Defense Departments Central Command (Centcom) was collecting tons of data on social media posts …

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Kevin Collier / BuzzFeed: John Draper, aka Cap'n Crunch, who once hacked phone lines with Jobs and Wozniak, banned from conferences after reports of sexual misconduct towards young men  —  The claims against John Draper, better known as Cap'n Crunch, a pioneer hacker and an early associate of Apple cofounders Steve Wozniak …

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Katie Roof / TechCrunch: SailPoint, an identity and access management software provider for enterprises, closes up 8% on its first day of trading after raising $240M in IPO  —  SailPoint, the enterprise identity solutions business, went up eight percent in its debut on the New York Stock Exchange Friday.

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South China Morning Post: Yixin, a Chinese online car marketplace and financing provider, closed up 5%+ in its Hong Kong debut on Thursday, valued at $6.5B, after raising $870M in an IPO  —  But the online car retailer's CEO believes Yixin's flotation can help Hong Kong achieve its ambition of becoming a tech IPO hub

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Katie Roof / TechCrunch: Online fashion retailer Stitch Fix closes up 1% on its first day of trading, after raising $120M in a downsized IPO  —  Stitch Fix went up just 1% on its first day of trading.  After pricing at $15, the company closed at $15.15.  It's also below the opening trade of $16.90.

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Brady Dale / CoinDesk: Brave browser now allows you to directly pay YouTube creators with bitcoin or Basic Attention Tokens  —  Users of the Brave Browser can now donate cryptocurrency, including the company's Basic Attention Token (BAT), directly to YouTubers.  —  With today's release of version 0.19.x …

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Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed: Peter Thiel is no longer affiliated with Y Combinator; source says Thiel did not rejoin YC after the startup accelerator ended its part-time partners program  —  Billionaire venture capitalist and Facebook board member Peter Thiel is no longer affiliated with startup accelerator Y Combinator, according to an edited company blog post.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: YouTube takes down Toy Freaks, a kid-focused channel that had over 8.5M subscribers, as it tightens enforcement of child endangerment policies  —  Following consumer outrage over YouTube's handling of disturbing videos aimed at children on its network, the company has now banned …

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DW.COM: German regulator bans children's smartwatches that have SIM cards and one-way monitoring functions, saying they are unauthorized transmitters forbidden by law  —  A German regulator has banned the sale of children's smartwatches that have one-way monitoring functions.

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Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica: Global Cyber Alliance, IBM, and Packet Clearing House launch free Quad9 DNS service that blocks malicious domains using consolidated threat intelligence  —  Set DNS server to 9.9.9.9, and (known) malware and phishes won't be able to phone home.  —  The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) …

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Jessica Guynn / USA Today: Code2040, a San Francisco-based nonprofit working to increase diversity in the technology industry, has raised $5.6M from the Knight Foundation and others  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Code2040, a San Francisco nonprofit working to increase diversity in the technology industry, has raised $5.6 million …

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Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline: MoviePass launches a one-year subscription plan for $89.95  —  For a limited time, MoviePass is offering a one-year subscription plan for a flat fee of $89.95, which translates to $7.50 a month (that price already includes a $6.55 processing fee).  That price is under this year's 3Q average movie ticket …

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Tom Turula / Business Insider: Spotify announces it has acquired Soundtrap, a collaborative online music recording startup, reportedly for at least $30M  —  Spotify is buying Swedish music tech startup Soundtrap for an undisclosed amount.  —  Soundtrap is a collaborative online recording studio that was valued at $25 million (SEK 207 million) last year.

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Michael Potuck / 9to5Mac: KGI: 2018 iPhones will feature faster pre-5G baseband chips from Intel and Qualcomm, with 70%-80% of chips coming from Intel  —  A new report today from KGI shares projections that the 2018 iPhones will include significantly faster baseband chips from Intel and Qualcomm, although Intel will be the main supplier.

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Brian Heater / TechCrunch: Apple says it is delaying HomePod release from December to early 2018  —  So much for the holiday rush.  Apple announced this morning that its premiumHomePod smart speaker won't be making the company's initial December ship date.  According to a brief statement issued by the company …

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Reuters: Broadcom says it has closed its acquisition of network gear maker Brocade Communications  —  (Reuters) - Broadcom Ltd said on Friday it closed its acquisition of network gear maker Brocade Communications Systems Inc, giving it a larger share of the data center products market.

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Twitter confirms it is testing a feature that will make it easier to publish tweetstorms  —  Twitter confirms it's testing a feature that allows users to more easily create “tweetstorms” - those series of connected tweets that have grown to be a popular workaround for Twitter's character count limitations.

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Jeff Gitlen / LendEDU: Online survey of 564 US Bitcoin owners: 16% plan to hold investment for less than a year, 67% haven't sold any, 36% don't plan on reporting purchase to the IRS  —  The price of Bitcoin has risen dramatically since the start of the year.  The virtual currency now trades at $6,490 (as of 11/13), up from $997 at the start of 2017.

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Antonio Scandurra / The GitHub Blog: Github introduces Teletype for Atom in beta, a feature for letting developers collaborate on code in real time in its Atom text editor  —  Writing code with other developers can be a great way to onboard teammates, get to know how your peers think, and learn new skills.

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Liz Hunt / The Keyword: Google introducing new views in Maps for driving, navigation, and transit to better highlight relevant information, new colors and icons for places of interest  —  The world is an ever-evolving place.  And as it changes, Google Maps changes with it.  As roads close, businesses open …

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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica: FCC votes 3-2 to scale back the federal Lifeline program that gives low-income households a $9.25/month subsidy to buy Internet or phone service  —  70% of low-income wireless subscribers in Lifeline could have to find new ISPs.  —  Poor people may soon find it more difficult …

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Google announces general availability of its free chatbot analytics platform Chatbase  —  At Google I/O this year, Google quietly introduced a new chatbot analytics platform called Chatbase, a project developed within the company's internal R&D incubator, Area 120.

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Lauren Hirsch / CNBC: Online personal shopping startup Stitch Fix raises $120M in downsized IPO listing, pricing 8M shares at $15 apiece, below expected 10M shares at $18-$20  —  - Stitch Fix has touted its profitability, but its earnings recently took a hit from one-time items  —  Online personal shopping …

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Tom Krazit / GeekWire: AWS releases ONNX-MXNet, giving its support to the Open Neural Network Exchange introduced by Microsoft and Facebook earlier this year  —  The Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) deep-learning format, introduced in September by Microsoft and Facebook, has a new backer following Amazon Web Services' decision …

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