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December 5, 2017, 4:25 PM

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Ben Popper / The Verge:
YouTube says it's pulling support for Amazon Echo Show today, will cut access to YouTube on Amazon FireTV starting Jan. 1; Amazon stops selling new Nest devices  —  New Nest devices have mysteriously disappeared from Amazon  —  Three months ago, YouTube pulled its programming …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft unveils ARM LTE-enabled Windows 10 PCs with “all-day” battery life, including $599 Asus NovaGo with 4GB RAM, HP Envy x2; HP coming in spring, Asus TBD  —  A fresh challenge to Intel's PC dominance  —  Microsoft and Qualcomm are officially unveiling the first ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops today.
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.
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Android and iOS keyboard, AI.type, leaves 31M users' personal data exposed online, including 374M+ phone numbers, 10M+ email addresses, millions of text entries  —  The app maker's database wasn't protected with a password, leaving exposed its users' most private information.
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.
Nicholas Quah / Nieman Lab:
Sources: Apple has acquired Oakland-based Pop Up Archive, an online platform that builds tools to transcribe, organize, and search audio files  —  Plus: Public radio deals with a new wave of harassment allegations, Reddit and WBUR team up, et l'industrie du podcast au Québec.
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.
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 …
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 …
Jeremy Burge / Emojipedia:
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 …
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 …
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Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Facebook debuts Did You Know questionnaires, so users can answer questions about themselves, reminiscent of tbh, which has tanked in App Store since acquisition  —  Facebook wants you to share a bit more about yourself on your profile, so today it's launching a new feature to web and mobile users called …

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