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Bloomberg: Apple changed App Store rules last week to ban iOS developers from making databases of users' address book info and limit what can be shared with third parties  —  - iPhone maker bans developers building address book databases  — Facebook scandal shows risk of sharing data on users' friends

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Sijia Jiang / Reuters: ZTE says its shares will resume trading on Wednesday, ending a two-month suspension, after the Chinese company agreed to pay up to $1.4B in penalties to US  —  HONG KONG (Reuters) - ZTE Corp (0763.HK) (000063.SZ) said trading in its shares would resume on Wednesday, ending a two-month suspension …

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Catalin Cimpanu / BleepingComputer.com: At least ~5% of all Monero currently in circulation has been mined using malware, based on an analysis of 629,126 malware samples from coin mining operations  —  At least 5% of all the Monero cryptocurrency currently in circulation has been mined using malware, and about 2% …

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: Mesh Wi-Fi router company Plume now requires customers agree to a $60/year subscription fee before buying its hardware  —  You have to subscribe even to buy a router  —  A Wi-Fi router startup is trying to shake up how we think about home Wi-Fi in a major way: by turning it into a subscription service.

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: ARM announces it has acquired Stream Technologies, a connectivity management platform company founded in 2000, to bolster its IoT deployment tech  —  Chip design company ARM has acquired Stream Technologies to provide improved connectivity for internet of things (IoT) devices.

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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch: Google Translate expands offline translation support to 59 languages including Italian, Greek, Norwegian, and Swahili  —  Currently, when the Google Translate apps for iOS and Android has access to the internet, its translations are far superior to those it produces when it's offline.

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Yimian Wu / China Money Network: Shanghai-based AI startup Yitu Technology, which focuses on machine vision and more, raises $200M Series C from ICBC International and others  —  ICBC International Holdings Ltd, SPDB International and Gaocheng Capital have invested in a US$200 million series C+ round in Yitu Technology …

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat: Google disables inline installation for Chrome extensions, which let users install them on 3rd party sites; goes into effect for existing extensions in 3 months  —  Google today announced that Chrome will no longer support inline installation of extensions.

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Christina Rogers / Wall Street Journal: Argo AI, which received $1B from Ford and works on automated driving, says it has ~330 staff, up from under 12 last year, by hiring from Apple, Uber, and others  —  Equity stakes in a fast-growing startup and a link to a big auto maker are helping recruit engineers and robotics researchers

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Alex Sherman / CNBC: A look at how the AT&T-Time Warner ruling might affect companies across the media and telecom industries, including Verizon, Comcast, Sprint, and T-Mobile  —  - Media companies will lose larger telecommunications companies as theoretical buyers if a deal isn't approved.

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Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal: Bipartisan group of senators move to stop Trump's deal to give ZTE a lifeline amid US export ban, by adding ZTE export ban as amendment to defense spending bill  —  White House sent top official to Capitol Hill to lobby against bipartisan effort to reverse pact to revive the Chinese telecommunications company

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Bloomberg: Sources: Chinese on-demand services provider Meituan Dianping plans IPO in Hong Kong to raise ~$6B at a $60B valuation, listing as soon as this month  —  - Company is said to consider selling about 10% stake in IPO  — IPO would be another sign of rising Chinese technology might

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Brad Sams / Thurrott.com: Internal document: Microsoft's next HoloLens headset is codenamed Sydney, will be lighter, cheaper, have an improved display, and is slated for Q1 2019  —  It was a little over a year ago, that I broke the news that Microsoft had stopped the development of HoloLens V2 and was pushing forward to V3.

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Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal: Report: advertisers spent ~$314M on podcast ads in 2017, up 86% YoY from ~$169M in 2016, with 35.7% of spending coming from brand-awareness ads and content  —  Total spending on podcast ads rose 86% last year, but the format remains relatively niche  —  Marketers are starting to tune in to the growing appetite for podcasting.

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Jon Russell / TechCrunch: Vietnam's new cybersecurity law raises concerns about restricting free speech, also requires foreign internet companies to store user data locally  —  Big tech firms including Google, Facebook and Twitter have expressed major concern after Vietnam's government passed a law that promises …

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Brad Sams / Thurrott.com: Internal document: Microsoft is planning for the next Xbox console release to arrive in 2020  —  While Microsoft may have been founded as being a software company, there is no question about it that they are a hardware company too.  With the Surface family, the Xbox, and peripherals …

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Khadeeja Safdar / Wall Street Journal: Facebook says it's rolling out a feature to let users rate e-commerce businesses and may ban or reduce ads for those with poor feedback  —  New feature lets shoppers share their experiences; negative feedback could lead to bans  —  Facebook Inc. FB 1.29% is cracking down on e-commerce businesses …

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Sarah Frier / Bloomberg: Facebook tells Congress it has launched a design lab, called TTC labs and based in Ireland, to improve the way users are informed about personal data sharing  —  Facebook Inc. told the U.S. Senate the company has launched a design lab that will work to improve the way people get informed about sharing their personal data.

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Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch: Instagram adds shopping tags directly into Stories, so now users can tap a shopping bag icon to learn more about buying a particular item  —  Instagram's shoppable tags are about to pop up in Stories.  The company first started testing the feature back in 2016 with a limited set of 20 partners.

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Dan Primack / Axios: Sources: e-scooter company Bird is seeking to raise ~$200M in new funding at a $2B valuation; just three months ago the startup raised at a $300M valuation  —  E-scooter company Bird is seeking to raise around $200 million in new funding at a $2 billion valuation, according to multiple sources.

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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch: Swedish video-based call-a-doctor service Kry raises $66M Series B led by Index Ventures to finance further expansion in Europe  —  Swedish telehealth startup Kry has closed a $66 million Series B funding round led by Index Ventures, with participation from existing investors Accel, Creandum, and Project A.

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Ben Thompson / Stratechery: Large funding rounds for Bird and Lime suggest strong economics, which means the potential for building moats for dockless scooter startups are relatively weak  —  As I understand it, the proper way to open an article about electric scooters is to first state one's priors …

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Alfred Ng / CNET: How the Connecticut State Police trains dogs to sniff out electronics, such as phones, hard drives, and microSD cards, to help out in cybercrime cases  —  Harley darts into a decrepit room in Connecticut.  She's searching for evidence.  —  There are plenty of potential distractions in the room: Wires hang from the ceiling.

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Robert Triggs / Android Authority: USB Type-C has become a mess of compatibility issues, conflicting proprietary standards, and lacks sufficient consumer information to guide purchasing decisions  —  6.6K  —  USB Type-C was billed as the solution for all our future cable needs, unifying power and data delivery with display …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Uber unveils Uber Lite, a low-data app just 5MB in size for developing markets that shows maps only on request, coming to India first  —  “The next hundreds of millions of riders for us are going to come from outside of the United States", Uber's head of rider experience Peter Deng tells me.

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