November 22, 2017, 7:45 AM

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Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Uber fires CSO, says in Oct '16 personal info of 50M riders, 7M drivers, including 600K driver's license numbers, stolen; Uber paid hackers $100K to delete data  —  Company paid hackers $100,000 to delete info, keep quiet  —  Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan and another exec ousted
New York Times:
Sources: Kalanick and CSO Joe Sullivan ordered $100K ransom to be paid; Uber tracked the hackers, pushed them to sign NDAs, disguised the payment as bug bounty  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In November 2016, Uber executives faced an expensive — and risky — decision.
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.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
NY AG says the FCC has ignored multiple requests for logs and records amid NY's investigation of the flood of fake net neutrality comments to the federal agency  —  New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman revealed today that his office has been investigating a flood of spam FCC comments …
Sources: Apple acquired Vrvana, Canadian augmented reality headset startup, for $30M  —  As Apple reportedly ramps up work to ship an augmented reality headset in 2020, it has acquired a startup from Montreal, Canada that could help it get there.  TechCrunch has learned that Apple has acquired Vrvana …
Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:
HPE says its CEO, Meg Whitman, will step down next year and remain on the board; President Antonio Neri will take over as CEO on February 1, 2018  —  - President Antonio Neri will take on the role of CEO as of Feb. 1, 2018, and both Whitman and Neri will be on the board.
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 …
Bret Kinsella / Voicebot:
Redesigned YouTube app returns to Amazon Echo Show after being pulled in September, with videos playing in what looks like a simple web wrapper  —  YouTube is back on Amazon Echo Show today.  This was a mini-controversy back in September when Google removed YouTube access from Echo Show.
Lily Cusack / Reuters:
EU agrees to abolish geoblocking restrictions on some goods on e-commerce sites by end of 2018; proposal excludes copyrighted content like streaming services  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union has agreed a plan obliging online retailers operating in the bloc to make electrical goods …
Taylor Lorenz / The Daily Beast:
CEO of popular app HQ Trivia, Rus Yusupov, repeatedly told reporter that the app's star host, a contractor, could be fired for talking to press, then denied it  —  Every day, hundreds of thousands of people all over the world fire up their smartphones and log onto HQ, a live trivia app …
Paul Miller / The Verge:
Google starts contributing to Apple's Swift programming language, submits pull request for adding Fuchsia OS support  —  Still doesn't help explain why Fuchsia exists  —  A few days ago, there was a flash-in-the-pan controversy over Google “forking” Apple's open-source programming language Swift.

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