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November 23, 2017, 7:35 AM

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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Ajit Pai's proposal to kill net neutrality argues the FCC should not have tried to stop Comcast from blocking BitTorrent in 2008  —  This is what happens when you're honest about killing net neutrality  —  FCC Chairman Ajit Pai released his proposal to kill net neutrality today …
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Tony Romm / Recode:
Facebook to roll out new tool that lets users check if they Liked or followed Russia-linked accounts; users won't be able to check if they saw Russian ads  —  So far, Google and Twitter have not detailed their plans.  —  Facebook is trying to alert some U.S. users that they fell victim …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
YouTube details steps it's taking in ongoing effort to clamp down on videos that exploit children, will ramp up removal of offensive material, halt monetization  —  Across YouTube, an unsettling trend has emerged: Accounts are publishing disturbing and exploitative videos aimed …
Shona Ghosh / Business Insider:
UK government says it'll charge a 20% tax on companies' earnings that are held offshore from April 2019, a move widely seen to be aimed at tech companies  —  - The Treasury is cracking down on big tech firms like Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple that shift UK profits offshore to minimise their tax bills.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
PC vendors scramble to issue patches after Intel announced firmware flaws allowing remote code execution affecting a wide range of chips and millions of devices  —  Millions of computers could be remotely hijacked through bug in firmware code.  —  Intel has issued a security alert …
Evan Blass / VentureBeat:
Source: Samsung plans to showcase Galaxy S9 and S9+ at CES in January; phones will have similar appearance to S8, same screen size, more RAM, second back camera  —  EXCLUSIVE:  —  Samsung is planning to show off its next-generation Galaxy S handsets a bit earlier than usual …
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:
Lawyers for Peter Thiel file a motion to block efforts that have prevented him from bidding on Gawker.com assets during bankruptcy proceeding  —  In a federal bankruptcy court filing on Wednesday, lawyers for venture capitalist Peter Thiel objected to the ongoing sale process of Gawker.com …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources say Iconiq Capital, a $7B asset management firm linked to many Silicon Valley elites, plans to refocus on tech investments, including buyouts  —  Shift in strategy by Iconiq Capital raises the specter of possible conflicts with some of its clients  —  A secretive wealth manager …

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