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December 5, 2017, 2:55 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.
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 …
More: Bloomberg and CNBC
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 …
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.

Sponsor Posts

Microsoft:
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eero:
CNET: eero Labs introduces a new innovation playground for networks.  —  eero is introducing eero Labs to give its customers a chance to try out new features on its mesh Wi-Fi system before they go mainstream.
IBM:
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