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November 29, 2017, 11:10 AM

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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
macOS High Sierra bug gives access via password prompt that authenticates as root with empty password; Apple says update coming, set root password as workaround  —  Security bug found in latest version of MacOS High Sierra  —  Company says it is working on a software update to fix issue
Evan Spiegel / Axios:
Evan Spiegel says social media fueled fake news and Snapchat is “separating the social from the media” in its upcoming redesign  —  The personalized newsfeed revolutionized the way people share and consume content.  But let's be honest: this came at a huge cost to facts, our minds and the entire media industry.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Reed Albergotti / The Information:
Sources: Andy Rubin left Google in 2014 after internal inquiry found he had an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate, has now taken leave from Essential  —  Andy Rubin, the creator of Android and a key executive at Google Inc. for nine years, left the company in 2014 shortly …
Nitasha Tiku / Wired:
Facebook testing new CAPTCHA, asks users to upload a photo of their face to prove they're human, says it will permanently delete pictures after checking  —  FACEBOOK MAY SOON ask you to “upload a photo of yourself that clearly shows your face,” to prove you're not a bot.
Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
Apple countersues Qualcomm, alleging that Snapdragon chips, which power a variety of Android devices, infringe on Apple's patents  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Wednesday filed a countersuit against Qualcomm Inc, alleging that Qualcomm's Snapdragon mobile phone chips that power a wide variety …
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Microsoft plans multibillion-dollar overhaul of its Redmond campus, expanding it by adding ~2.5M square feet of new space for an additional 8,000 employees  —  SEATTLE — While Amazon is hunting for a second headquarters away from its hometown, its neighbor in the Seattle area — Microsoft …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Google adds a new search navigation tab called “Finance”, retires some Google Finance features including portfolio, and drops need for Adobe Flash  —  Google Finance now lives as a tab in Search, and some features are going away.  —  Google has announced that the Web version of Google Finance is getting a redesign.
Eugene Kim / CNBC:
As Amazon aims to add more female leaders, an internal organization chart shows only two women out of 38 execs at VP level or higher  —  - An organizational chart viewed by CNBC shows only two women at the VP level or higher reporting directly to one of the company's CEOs.  —  It's a big week for Amazon.
Swapna Krishna / Engadget:
HDMI 2.1 spec released with support for 48 Gbps bandwidth, 120fps 4K, 60fps 8K, Variable Refresh Rate for smoother gameplay, Dynamic HDR, and 10K resolution  —  Back in January, the HDMI Forum unveiled its new specifications for the HDMI connector, called HDMI 2.1.
Patrick Howell O'Neill / Cyberscoop:
Kazakhstan-born Canadian citizen Karim Baratov pleads guilty for his role in 2014 Yahoo data breach; sentencing hearing set for Feb. 20, 2018  —  A man pleaded guilty in federal court in San Francisco on Tuesday for his role in helping Russian spies hack into email accounts.
Adam Ismail / Tom's Guide:
Google activates Pixel Visual Core processor on Pixel 2 phones in latest Android 8.1 beta for faster, more efficient processing of HDR+ photos  —  Android Oreo 8.1 is nearly here, and although it doesn't appear to introduce many new features on the surface, there's one enhancement Pixel 2 users …
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