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November 21, 2017, 2:50 PM

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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 …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple's HomePod, which is delayed and has limited features versus 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.
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.
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
Apple removes “a number of voice over internet protocol apps”, including Skype, from its App Store in China for being non-compliant with local law  —  SHANGHAI — One of the last foreign-run tools for online communication in China appears to be in trouble with the authorities there.
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 …
Yuan Yang / Financial Times:
Six students say school sent group of 3,000 to Foxconn for three months of “work experience”, routinely working 11-hour days on iPhone X, breaking overtime law  —  Apple's main supplier in Asia has been employing students illegally working overtime to assemble the iPhone X …
ProPublica:
Ads for housing that exclude demographics are still being approved by Facebook, a year after a study highlighted the illegal discriminatory practice on Facebook  —  After ProPublica revealed last year that Facebook advertisers could target housing ads to whites only, the company announced …
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
As Zuckerberg concludes his 30-state tour, a look at how he's described Facebook and its mission since 2005  —  There's a story that Mark Zuckerberg has told dozens of times over the years.  Shortly after he'd launched Facebook in February 2004, he went to get pizza with Kang-Xing Jin …
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 …
Alfred Ng / CNET:
Justice Department charges Behzad Mesri, an Iranian citizen, for allegedly hacking HBO and demanding a $6M bitcoin ransom in July  —  The man, who allegedly went after HBO with a $6 million ransom this summer, has worked for the Iranian military and a hacking group, according to the US.  —  Enlarge Image

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