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December 2, 2016, 1:10 PM

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Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Avalanche, a 7-year-old botnet used for malware and phishing attacks, dismantled in global cyber operation; officials sinkhole 800K domains, seize 50 servers  —  At one point, Avalanche network was responsible for two-thirds of all phishing attacks.  —  [Update, 3:00 PM EDT …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
AirDroid, a remote management app with 10M+ Play Store downloads, uses a static and easily detectable encryption key leaving users vulnerable to MITM attacks  —  For six months, the remote management app has opened users to code-execution attacks.  —  For at least the past six months …
Eduard Kovacs / SecurityWeek:
Researchers bypass Apple's Activation Lock on iPhone and iPad running the latest version of iOS  —  Researchers have found a bug that can be used to bypass Apple's Activation Lock feature and gain access to the homescreen of locked iPhones and iPads running the latest version of iOS.
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Twitter acquires Yes Inc., hires ex-Google product director and Yes CEO Keith Coleman as VP of product; Yes apps to be shut down over next few weeks  —  Twitter has acquired the app maker Yes in a move designed to encourage its users to get better acquainted with each other around events.
Hamza Shaban / BuzzFeed:
Secure messaging app Signal's downloads increase 400% after Trump's win, amid anxiety over the future of US surveillance  —  “I think there's a lot of fear, given Trump's alarming statements about surveillance and his penchant for revenge, that he will attempt to use surveillance to crush dissent."
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Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
Survey of 700+ startup founders: 31% don't intend to IPO, 67% now say VCs have more negotiating power  —  First Round Capital just published its second-ever State of Startups report, and it's chock full of interesting sentiments from a survey of more than 700 founders …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Lenovo's Moto says it doesn't plan on releasing a new smartwatch in the near future  —  Don't expect a new Moto 360 any time soon  —  Moto today confirmed that it will not be releasing a new smartwatch for the launch of Android Wear 2.0, due early next year.
Kristina Cooke / Reuters:
Facebook developing AI to flag nudity, violence, and other content violating its policies in Facebook Live streams  —  Facebook Inc (FB.O) is working on automatically flagging offensive material in live video streams, building on a growing effort to use artificial intelligence to monitor content …
Vauhini Vara / Bloomberg:
Facebook tests ad targeting for people streaming certain shows on Roku and Apple TVs, linking FB profiles with IP addresses  —  The social media company is working with A&E and a streaming startup to tailor more conventional commercials for viewers.  —  by  —  Subscribe Reprints
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