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December 5, 2017, 2:40 PM

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Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple says that Apple Pay Cash has officially launched for US users with iOS 11.2  —  Apple has announced that Apple Pay Cash officially launches today for all iOS 11.2 users with an eligible iPhone or iPad model in the United States.  —  Apple's peer-to-peer payment service actually began rolling …
BuzzFeed:
YouTube says moderation team will have 10K+ people by end of 2018, up 25% according to sources, and pledges new ads approach to curb child exploitation problem  —  The company plans to have over 10,000 content moderators on staff by the end of 2018, YouTube CEO, Susan Wojcicki said.
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Google launches Android Oreo (Go edition) for low-end phones with less than 1GB RAM, which uses smaller Go versions of apps like Gmail, YouTube, and Maps  —  Google's stripped-down version of Android is ready for OEMs.  —  Google's upcoming low-end configuration of Android—"Android Go"—has hit a major milestone.
Instagram Blog:
Instagram debuts Stories Highlights, a new profile section featuring select Stories, and Stories Archive, where stories are saved automatically when they expire  —  Today we're introducing two new tools that let you hold on to your favorite moments from Instagram Stories and share them in ways that help you express yourself.
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Fitbit updates Ionic smartwatch with 60 new apps including Yelp, Deezer, Flipboard, and Uber, and launches Fitbit Labs to create apps for fitness motivation  —  Fitbit's Ionic smartwatch suffers from a dearth of apps, we noted in our Engadget review, but the wearable firm is trying to flip that equation with an update to its Fitbit OS.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Steve Case's new Rise of the Rest fund raises $150M from Jeff Bezos, Eric Schmidt, and others to promote start-ups in the middle of the United States  —  When Steve Case, the billionaire co-founder of AOL, first met J. D. Vance, author of “Hillbilly Elegy,” the best-selling book …
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
Shervin Pishevar says he's taking an immediate leave of absence from Sherpa Capital and Hyperloop One following allegations of sexual misconduct  —  Shervin Pishevar, co-founder of Sherpa Capital and co-founder of Hyperloop One, is taking an immediate leave of absence from both companies …
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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC chairman Ajit Pai won't delay next week's net neutrality vote despite federal court case that could strip FTC of broadband oversight  —  Pai says FTC will protect consumers—but FTC could lose its regulatory authority.  —  The Federal Communications Commission will move ahead with its vote …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Marketing tech company Zeta Global acquires commenting service Disqus, source says for ~$90M  —  Marketing tech company Zeta Global is making good use of its recent $140 million Series F funding round.  After acquiring Boomtrain earlier this year, the company today announced it has acquired Disqus …
More: AVC, Disqus Blog, PE Hub Blog, and SiliconANGLETweets: @ow
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple begins selling unlocked and SIM-free iPhone X in the US  —  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.
JC Torres / SlashGear:
Google releases December Pixel/Nexus Security Bulletin confirming KRACK Wi-Fi patch is coming to devices  —  Google kicked off the whole monthly security bulletin practice to assure Android users, or at least owners of its Nexus and Pixel devices, that they will get timely and critical security fixes before all hell breaks loose.

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