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November 17, 2016, 3:25 PM

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Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Analysis shows top 20 fake election news stories generated more engagement on Facebook than the top 20 election stories from 19 major news outlets  —  In the final three months of the US presidential campaign, the top-performing fake election news stories on Facebook generated more engagement …
Katrina Brooker / Vanity Fair:
Airbnb launches 500+ guide-led experiences called Trips, available in-app to guests; initial set includes samurai lessons in Japan, running in Kenya, more  —  Airbnb shook up the hotel business by giving anyone with a spare bed and a mobile phone a way to start a business.
Kim Zetter / The Intercept:
Report: iPhones send call history with phone numbers, dates, times, and duration to Apple's servers if iCloud is enabled; log is retained for up to four months  —  Apple emerged as a guardian of user privacy this year after fighting FBI demands to help crack into San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook's iPhone.
Bloomberg:
Sources: only one 2017 iPhone model may have OLED screen due to supply constraints; OLED model may have all-glass design and bezel-less screen larger than 5"  —  Display makers seen struggling to meet iPhone output in 2017  —  OLED displays are more energy efficient, provide deeper colors
Nick Nguyen / The Mozilla Blog:
Firefox launches Focus, a free browser for iOS which focuses on privacy by blocking many trackers by default  —  Today, we're pleased to announce the launch of Firefox Focus - a free, fast and easy to use private browser for iOS.  —  We live in an age where too many users have lost trust …
Matt Burgess / WIRED UK:
UK's Investigatory Powers bill set to become law after being approved by parliament; bill allows bulk surveillance, hacking of mobile devices and networks, more  —  The Investigatory Powers Bill has been passed by both Houses of Parliament.  Once it receives Royal Assent it will become law
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Hacker Samy Kamkar debuts PoisonTap, a Raspberry Pi Zero mod that can plug into password-locked computers via USB and intercept web traffic, install backdoors  —  The perils of leaving computers unattended is about to get worse.  —  The perils of leaving computers unattended just got worse …
Spencer Ackerman / The Guardian:
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, known for combatting Edward Snowden, resigns ahead of Donald Trump's inauguration  —  Clapper will stay on until end of Obama administration, marking end to turbulent tenure defined by Snowden's revelations of NSA surveillance
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
Mike Murphy / Quartz:
Domino's begins delivering pizza by drone to customers within a 1.5 km radius of one store in New Zealand, in partnership with drone company Flirtey  —  It's a brave new world—for pizza.  —  For residents of the town of Whangaparaoa in New Zealand, Domino's pizza is now just a short drone delivery away.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn is now officially blocked in Russia after failing to transfer Russian user data to servers located in the country as required by law  —  Amid a tense stand-off and attempt at negotiations, Russia's communications regulator Roskomnadzor has started to enforce a proposed block of LinkedIn …

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