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November 16, 2017, 1:45 PM

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Kaspersky Labs releases a more detailed report on how it obtained NSA-linked Equation Group source code in 2014  —  Moscow-based AV provider challenges claims it helped Russian spies.  —  For almost two months in 2014, servers belonging to Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab received confidential …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Tech companies, including Facebook and Google, along with some news outlets join The Trust Project and start displaying tags to identify trustworthy news  —  “The hope is that, if news organizations are more clear and transparent about what they're doing, then users can make their own decisions."
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Surface Book 2 review: powerful, great keyboard and trackpad, Xbox Wireless support, but power supply isn't enough for gaming and no Thunderbolt 3 support  —  A powerful portable desktop PC  —  I always wanted Microsoft to build a laptop, and it finally went ahead and built one without any tricks earlier this year.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter says users can now have verified status revoked, unveils new guidelines for verified accounts as it works on authentication and verification program  —  A risky new step in the fight to reduce harassment  —  Twitter will begin removing verification badges from users who violate its rules, the company said today.
David Shepardson / Reuters:
Sources: FCC's Ajit Pai expected to roll out details on reversing net neutrality next week, seeking a final vote on the plan Dec. 14  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the Federal Communications Commission is set to unveil plans next week for a final vote to reverse a landmark 2015 net …
Chris Velazco / Engadget:
OnePlus unveils 5T with 6.01" 1080x2160 AMOLED display, Snapdragon 835, 8GB RAM, 3,300mAh battery, 16/20MP rear cameras; ships Nov. 21 with 64/128GB for $499+  —  The OnePlus 5 isn't that old, but it's already been replaced.  The company just unveiled its new flagship smartphone at a launch event …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers uncover Amazon Key flaw that lets computer in WiFi range freeze or disable its camera; Amazon says a fix is coming later this week  —  WHEN AMAZON LAUNCHED its Amazon Key service last month, it also offered a remedy for anyone—realistically, most people—who might be creeped …
Ryan Browne / CNBC:
American Express and Santander partner with blockchain startup Ripple to ease US-UK money transfers using Ripple's platform  —  - Payments made by American Express' business customers on its FXIP platform will now be routed through Ripple's enterprise blockchain network
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Pixel Buds review: gestures and Assistant work well, quick pairing is good when it works, but Translate is janky, subpar comfort, lifeless audio, it's expensive  —  The Pixel Buds mark Google's first foray into personal wireless audio.  I won't make you wait: it's not gone well.  —  THE GOOD
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
UnitedMasters, which helps artists distribute music on streaming platforms and advertise to fans, raised $70M Series A led by Alphabet; Ben Horowitz joins board  —  Record labels are obsolete.  They haven't kept up as music evolved from selling CDs to streaming songs to promoting concert tickets and merchandise.

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Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
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