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December 4, 2017, 9:10 PM

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches Messenger Kids, a standalone messaging app that lets kids under 13 chat with friends and family approved by their parents, on iOS in the US  —  For the first time, Facebook is opening up to children under age 13 with a privacy-focused app designed to neutralize child predator threats …
Natalia Drozdiak / Wall Street Journal:
Apple reaches deal with Ireland on the terms of an escrow fund, allowing the transfer of ~$15.46B in allegedly unpaid taxes that EU ordered Dublin to retrieve  —  EU said tax deal with Ireland had allowed Apple to pay almost zero tax on European profits between 2003 and 2014
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Target launches its own in-app mobile payments system on iOS and Android with debut of Wallet feature  —  As promisedearlier, Target today launched its own mobile payments system with the introduction of “Wallet” in the Target app.  Wallet, as the name implies, allows Target shoppers in-store …
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
SEC's new cyber unit dedicated to ICOs files its first charges over a scam by PlexCoin, which reportedly raised $15M and promised 13-fold profit within a month  —  A new division of the Securities and Exchange Commission dedicated to so-called “initial coin offerings” (ICOs) …
New York Times:
Global car brands are using voice recognition tech from iFlyTek, a Chinese AI company that is helping develop voice surveillance capabilities for the government  —  BEIJING — During President Trump's visit to Beijing, he appeared on screen for a special address at a tech conference.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple begins selling unlocked & SIM-free iPhone X in the U.S.  —  The iPhone X has been available for just over a month now, and as supply and demand start to balance out, Apple is expanding the lineup.  Starting today, the iPhone X is available SIM-free and unlocked directly from Apple.
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Alex Konrad / Forbes:
Fitness app Aaptiv says it raised $26M Series B led by Insight Venture Partners and has reached $20M+ in annual revenue with 200K paying subscribers  —  If Ethan Agarwal gets his way, joggers will go for runs with virtual help that sounds straight out of a sci-fi movie.

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