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December 4, 2017, 1:05 AM

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Fred Wilson / AVC:
From 2012 to 2015, following Facebook's IPO, early stage startup valuations soared to unsustainable levels, and are now returning back to normal  —  I tweeted out this article from Techcrunch in the middle of last week: … And the response from the Twittersphere was a desire to hear my views on it.
Cate Cadell / Reuters:
Speaking at event organized by the CAC, China's internet censorship agency, Tim Cook says 1.8M devs have earned ~$17B so far through Apple's App Store in China  —  WUZHEN, China (Reuters) - Apple Inc's chief executive Tim Cook said developers using its platform in China number 1.8 million …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
iOS 11.2 released: fixes a bug that caused some notifications to crash iPhones starting Dec 2, adds Apple Pay Cash and faster 7.5W wireless charging  —  Apple today released iOS 11.2, the second major update to the iOS 11 operating system available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 11.2 comes …
New York Times:
Former NSA employee Nghia H. Pho pleads guilty to taking classified files home, where, officials say, Russian hackers stole the files via Kaspersky software  —  BALTIMORE — A former National Security Agency employee admitted on Friday that he had illegally taken from the agency classified documents believed …
Michael Byrne / Motherboard:
Notre Dame study finds 73% of posts on Reddit are voted on by users that haven't clicked through to view the content  —  And the world makes a little more sense.  —  It's probably not at all surprising that most content posted to Reddit is voted on more or less blindly.
Fitz Tepper / TechCrunch:
CryptoKitties, a game officially launched on Nov 28 that lets you trade and breed virtual cats, becomes top app by number of transactions on Ethereum blockchain  —  Launched a few days ago, CryptoKitties is essentially like an digital version of Pokemon cards but based on the Ethereum blockchain.
Anil Dash / Humane Tech:
How optimizing content for search engines in the early days of the web gave rise to today's never-ending algorithmic arms race against web and social platforms  —  A dozen years ago, the web started to reshape itself around major companies like Google.  We can understand the genesis …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
macOS upgrades from High Sierra 10.13.0 to 10.13.1 break “root” bug patch issued earlier this week; fix by re-installing patch after upgrade, rebooting computer  —  WHEN A COMPANY like Apple rushes out a software patch for a critical security bug, it deserves praise for protecting its customers quickly.
Joseph Cox / The Daily Beast:
How scammers act as a middleman between Uber drivers and passengers, taking payments and relaying messages outside the Uber app  —  Uber's ride-sharing service has given birth to some of the most creative criminal scams to date, including using a GPS-spoofing app to rip off riders in Nigeria …
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Matt Navarra / The Next Web:
Instagram tests native regram button, GIF sticker search, Story archiving, closest friends list, and other new features  —  TNW today obtained information on a range of new features Instagram is currently testing.  As with all tests, this means some of you may have already seen one or two of the new features.

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Microsoft:
Showcasing Industrial IoT innovations at Hannover Messe 2018  —  This week at the world's largest industrial fair, customers and partners display how they're betting on Microsoft, from cloud to edge devices.
eero:
eero: your first line of defense against security breaches.  —  Thanks to our automatic and regular software updates as well as a number of other security measures built into our devices and software …
Internet Association:
The True Size Of The Online Labor Force  —  Internet Association released a groundbreaking analysis that finds the online labor market is comprised of 23.9 million income positions - a number that far exceeds …
Zoho:
This Earth Day, go paperless with Zoho Forms  —  Whether selling socks or self-driving cars, if you're still using paper forms, you're not doing it right.  Here are 6 reasons why you should go digital:  —  1. Environmental impact

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