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Julie Bort / Business Insider: Zenefits ordered to stop offering free insurance software in Washington state, will offer software for $5 per user per month instead  —  It's been two steps forward and one step back for troubled startup Zenefits and its legal problems after it admitted earlier this year …

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Bloomberg: Sources: Saudi Arabia hit by series of state-sponsored cyberattacks against government agencies; digital evidence suggests attacks emanated from Iran  —  @MichaelRileyDC More stories by Michael Riley  —  Multiple attacks emanated from Iran, digital evidence suggests

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Todd Bishop / GeekWire: Amazon debuts AWS Shield, its Cloudflare competitor, to protect against DDoS attacks, and offers two tiers; basic version will be on by default  —  A little more than a month after a massive online assault took down Reddit, Netflix, Twitter and other major online properties …

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Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch: Amazon debuts AWS X-Ray, which helps developers debug distributed code by showing a graph of processes to identify bottlenecks and see performance of functions  —  Amazon today is rolling out a tool to help developers dive deep into their existing applications to diagnose each element …

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Brian Heater / TechCrunch: HMD Global completes 10-year deal with Nokia to bring Nokia-branded devices to market; HMD says new smartphones are coming in the first half of 2017  —  It's been a rough decade or so for Nokia's smartphone business.  In 2011, then-CEO Stephen Elop famously described the company's situation as a …

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Kurt Wagner / Recode: AngelList has acquired Product Hunt; sources say the deal is worth around $20M  —  Product Hunt will continue to operate as a standalone site.  —  AngelList, the company that helps investors find startups to invest in, has acquired Product Hunt, the company that lets people share and discover new products posted by other users.

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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat: Amazon Prime gets HBO and Cinemax subscriptions for $15 and $10 per month  —  The great cord-cutting revolution continues today with the news that HBO and Cinemax are now available to Amazon Prime subscribers for $14.99 and $9.99 per month respectively.  —  The news comes almost a year …

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Eric Ravenscraft / Lifehacker: Plex Media Player, previously subscriber-only, now available for all users, and support for Kodi, a home theater app, added for Plex Pass subscribers  —  Plex and Kodi are two of our favorite home theater apps, and now you can get both of them together.  Plex just announced its new Kodi add …

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Osterhout Design Group raises $58 million for augmented reality smartglasses  —  The Osterhout Design Group has raised $58 million to develop new generations of mobile augmented reality and virtual reality smartglasses.  —  That's a big round for the seasoned company, and it shows that the race …

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Bloomberg: Sources: Apple plans to use drones, add new indoor navigation features to improve Maps; it acquired startup Indoor.io last year to help build its indoor mapping  —  @AlanLevin1 More stories by Alan Levin  —  Company gets FAA approval to use drones for data collection

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Bryan Menegus / Gizmodo: Some high-ranking Reddit moderators say they're losing hope in the site's future as users from the pro-Trump subreddit harass others, inflate vote counts, more  —  For the past 11 years, an eternity in internet time, Reddit has touted itself—repeatedly, and loudly—as the place to have “authentic conversations” online.

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TechCrunch: Source: Fitbit to buy Pebble for around $34-$40M, close down its products over time; Pebble refused Citizen's $740M offer in 2015 and Intel's $70M offer in 2016  —  It looks consolidation is acoming to the wearables space with Fitbit set to acquire smartwatch maker and multi-million-dollar …

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Hugh McIntyre / Forbes: Spotify unveils Singles, a new weekly series featuring exclusive recordings, replaces Sessions with Live  —  Throughout the year, Spotify has seemingly focused its vast resources on several areas: playlists, acquisitions, and original content.  The latter of the three has only been a topic …

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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily: Pure Storage beats Q3 target with revenue of $197M, up 50% YoY; shares up 2.5% after hours  —  Data storage equipment vendor Pure Storage (PSTG) this afternoon reported fiscal Q3 revenue and profit that topped analysts' expectations, and forecast this quarter's revenue above consensus.

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Reed Albergotti / The Information: Sources: Fitbit to buy Pebble for “small amount”  —  Fitbit, the leader in the fitness band market, is near a deal to acquire smartwatch maker Pebble, according to three people briefed on the deal.  —  The price couldn't be learned but it is thought to be for a small amount.

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Megan Geuss / Ars Technica: Geohot's startup Comma.ai open sources its self-driving software, Open Pilot, and its plans for compatible hardware, Comma Neo  —  Highway safety regulators called, so Hotz opted to offer a product with less liability.  —  In Silicon Valley, hacker George Hotz gained fast fame after being the first to unlock an iPhone.

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Lory Gil / iMore: Apple working on fix for recent spate of invite spam affecting iCloud calendar users, says it is identifying and blocking suspicious senders  —  Have you been receiving spam calendar invites?  Apple knows about the problem and is working on a solution.  In the meantime, we've got a workaround that will ease your burden.

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John Mannes / TechCrunch: Amazon and Techstars partner on 13-week conversational AI startup accelerator offering $20K initial investment and $100K convertible note option upon completion  —  Big tech companies have been creating accelerators left and right to evangelize their brands and get developers engaged with APIs and other open-source efforts.

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Stan Higgins / CoinDesk: Federal judge approves IRS request to serve summons on Coinbase for user records as part of larger investigation into possible tax fraud by its users  —  The US Internal Revenue Service can serve bitcoin and ether exchange startup Coinbase with a summons for information about its users, a federal judge ordered today.

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Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg: Opendoor raises $210M led by Norwest Venture Partners to expand to new cities next year; sources say at a valuation of at least $1B  —  Silicon Valley's club of unicorn startups hasn't been growing as fast as it once was, and its newest member is unlike most of is venture-backed peers.

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica: Mozilla and Tor release update for Firefox zero-day vulnerability being actively exploited to deanonymize users  —  Critical deanonymization flaw resides in Windows, Mac, and Linux.  Patch now.  —  Developers with Tor have published a browser update that patches a critical Firefox vulnerability …

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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac: Apple now accepts Apple Watch for recycling via its website but doesn't currently offer credit or gift cards as it does with iPhone, Mac, or iPad  —  Earlier today Apple updated its website where customers can send in an old device for recycling to include the Apple Watch.

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Katie Roof / TechCrunch: Box reports Q3 2017 revenue of $102.8M, up 31% YoY, vs $100.6M expected, as operating loss narrows from $55M to $37.8M YoY  —  Cloud storage company Box reported third quarter earnings after the bell on Wednesday, beating Wall Street expectations with a record $102.8 million in revenue …

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Avery Hartmans / Business Insider: Report: ad tech company AppNexus has filed confidentially for an IPO, expected around Q2 2017, valuing the company between $1.5B and $2B  —  AppNexus' long-awaited IPO is about to happen.  —  The ad tech company has filed paperwork confidentially for an initial public offering …

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch: Reddit CEO Steve Huffman apologizes for editing user comments and says the company is working to combat abuse by taking action against “toxic users”  —  Reddit will start issuing warnings, timeouts, and permanent bans to its most abusive trolls, but will also limit …

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