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November 21, 2017, 11:35 AM

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Keith Collins / Quartz:
Android phones send nearby cell tower address data to Google even when location services are disabled; Google says it will end the practice by end of November  —  Many people realize that smartphones track their locations.  But what if you actively turn off location services, haven't used any apps …
Stan Higgins / CoinDesk:
Tether, a service that offers dollar-backed digital tokens, says tokens worth $30M were stolen by hackers and it has suspended its back-end wallet service  —  Tether, the company behind a dollar-pegged cryptocurrency widely used in the market's exchange trade, is claiming that its systems …
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
Skype has been unavailable on Apple and third-party Android app stores in China for nearly a month  —  SHANGHAI — One of the last foreign-run tools for online communication in China appears to be in trouble with the authorities there.  —  For almost a month, Skype, the internet phone call …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple's HomePod speaker, which has limited features compared to Amazon's Echo, started as a side project and was cancelled and revived several times  —  The Apple speaker started as a side project, was cancelled and revived several times and can't do as many things as the Echo.
CNBC:
DoJ files antitrust suit to block AT&T/DirecTV's $85B proposed acquisition of Time Warner, says merger would lessen competition and result in higher prices  —  The Department of Justice is suing to block AT&T's $85 billion deal to buy Time Warner.  “Today's DOJ lawsuit is a radical …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
AWS launches AWS Secret Region for US intel agencies and their partners working with “secret” classified data, to complement its air-gapped Top Secret Region  —  Amazon today announced that its AWS cloud computing service now offers a new region that's specifically designed …
Tamara Chuang / Denver Post:
Colorado fines Uber $8.9M after investigation found Uber allowed drivers with suspended or revoked licenses and felony convictions  —  Competitor Lyft also was investigated but no violations were found  —  Colorado regulators slapped Uber with an $8.9 million penalty for allowing 57 people …
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
FCC unveils its plan to repeal net neutrality rules, a move that would give ISPs broad powers to determine which websites and online services customers use  —  Federal regulators unveiled a plan Tuesday that would give Internet providers broad powers to determine what websites and online services their customers can see and use.
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Alfred Ng / CNET:
Justice Department charges Behzad Mesri, an Iranian citizen, for allegedly hacking HBO and demanding a $6M bitcoin ransom in July  —  The Department of Justice announced charges against the hacker who ruined HBO's summer.  —  In July, a hacker leaked scripts for popular HBO series …
More: ABC News and The Verge
Reuters:
Uber to buy up to 24K SUVs from Volvo equipped with autonomous technology in a non-exclusive deal from 2019 to 2021; Uber will add its own self-driving tech  —  STOCKHOLM/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber plans to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars from Volvo, marking the transition of the U.S. firm …

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