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December 1, 2015, 4:10 AM

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Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
VTech hacker says he downloaded 190GB of child and parent photos, and chat logs between parents and children from late 2014 until November 2015  —  Hacker Obtained Childrens' Headshots and Chatlogs From Toymaker VTech  —  If storing the personal data of almost 5 million parents …
VTech:
VTech confirms data breach of 5M accounts includes names, email accounts, passwords, IP, address, download history, and kids names, gender and birthdates  —  Data Breach on VTech Learning Lodge (update)  —  VTech Holdings Limited noted that an unauthorized party accessed VTech customer data housed …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Gates, Bezos, Zuckerberg, and other tech leaders form Breakthrough Energy Coalition to invest in clean energy  —  Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and other tech titans form the Breakthrough Energy Coalition to invest in zero-carbon energy technologies … Some of the world's wealthiest …
Jungah Lee / Bloomberg Business:
Samsung names Koh Dong Jin president of mobile communications business, will take over day-to-day operations from J.K. Shin amid dwindling sales  —  Samsung Replaces Mobile-Unit Chief as Galaxy Phones Struggle  —  Electronics business heading for lowest profit in four years
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
Apple A9X die shot by Chipworks reveals 147 mm2 SoC with 2 CPU, 12 GPU cores, and no L3 cache, made by TSMC  —  More on Apple's A9X SoC: 147mm2@TSMC, 12 GPU Cores, No L3 Cache  —  Over the Thanksgiving break the intrepid crew over at Chipworks sent over their initial teardown information for Apple's A9X SoC.
John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed:
Apple Music coming to Sonos as a public beta on December 15, general availability in early 2016  —  Here Comes Apple Music For Sonos  —  At long last Apple Music is headed to Sonos.  Making good on a promise made back in June, Sonos said Monday that Apple's new streaming music service …
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Court ruling reveals the scope of info FBI collects via NSLs for the first time, confirms it needs no warrant to get browsing, online shopping, location history  —  FBI's warrantless national security powers revealed for first time  —  The FBI can use national security letters (NSLs) …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Office 365 enterprise users get Skype for Business meeting, conferencing, and calling features  —  Microsoft today released new Skype for Business voice and meetings capabilities in Office 365.  The new features include Skype Meeting Broadcast, PSTN Conferencing, and Cloud PBX with PSTN Calling.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft launches PowerApps for businesses to create mobile and web-based apps without writing code on iOS, Android, and Windows  —  Microsoft takes wraps off PowerApps mobile-app creation service  —  Microsoft is opening up a limited preview of its PowerApps service for creating …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
BlackBerry Confirms It Will Exit Pakistan After Rejecting Data Monitoring Demands  —  BlackBerry has confirmed that it is exiting Pakistan entirely in response to the national government's continued demand to monitor user data on the Canadian company's service.

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