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December 4, 2017, 4:25 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
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) …
Paul Sandle / Reuters:
Facebook opens new London office, says it will add another 800 jobs next year; the investment makes London Facebook's biggest engineering hub outside the US  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Facebook opened its new London office on Monday and said it would add another 800 jobs in the capital next year …
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.
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.
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 …

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