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December 6, 2017, 9:55 AM

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Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:
Amazon Prime Video app starts rolling out on Apple TV, including in the US, UK, Canada, some European countries, and elsewhere  —  It's been six months since Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that Amazon Prime Video would be coming to Apple TV later this year, and now that app is officially beginning …
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Mozilla countersues Yahoo Holdings and Oath, after they filed against Mozilla last week for switching the default search engine from Yahoo to Google  —  A suit and countersuit are related to a problematic agreement that former CEO Marissa Mayer crafted (badly).
Michael Galvez / The Keyword:
Google updates Search with expanded Featured Snippets and extra info for a single search term as well as queries spanning multiple related searches  —  Search is not just about answering your questions—it's also about discovery.  We search to explore new topics of interest …
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.
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 …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Microsoft rolls out its collaborative Whiteboard app for Windows 10 users, soliciting feedback while it is in preview  —  When it announced the new Surface Pro a few months back, Microsoft also used the opportunity to preview Whiteboard, a Windows 10 app designed to offer creative and business collaboration across devices.
Jon Christian / The Outline:
Contributing writers to publications including Mashable, Inc, Business Insider, and Fast Company say they accepted payments in exchange for promoting companies  —  An Outline investigation found that contributors to prominent publications have taken payments in exchange for positive coverage.
Jeremy Burge / Emojipedia:
Taylor Lorenz / The Daily Beast:
A look at “niche memes”, personal clip art diaries teens post on Instagram to close-knit followers, a trend that took off when they returned to school this fall  —  Almost every day, while she's waiting for soccer practice to begin or for her mom to pick her up from school …
Patrick Howell O'Neill / Cyberscoop:
Belarusian police arrest man suspected of operating a sprawling botnet network called Andromeda, which had been around since 2011 before its takedown  —  The prolific hacker behind the Andromeda botnet was brought down by open source intelligence, according to the cybersecurity firm Recorded Future.
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Unsecured database of keyboard app AI.type leaks 577GB of data from 31M users and all of their contacts, includes 374M+ phone numbers, 10M+ email accounts, more  —  The app maker's database wasn't protected with a password, leaving exposed its users' most private information.
Catherine Clifford / CNBC:
Twitter releases 2017 annual data through Nov. 20: Trump most-tweeted-about global leader in the world, Obama had two of the three most-liked tweets of the year  —  Twitter, founded in 2006, has gotten a lot of attention in 2017, thanks largely to President Donald Trump.
Robert Hof / SiliconANGLE:
San Jose-based Fetch Robotics, maker of automated warehouse robots, raises $25M Series B led by Sway Ventures  —  Fetch Robotics Inc. is announcing early Wednesday that it has raised $25 million in a new funding aimed at meeting accelerating demand for its warehouse robots.
Recode:
Magna: digital ad spend surpassed TV worldwide in 2017 for the first time, with digital taking $209B, 41% of the market, and TV taking $178B, 35% of the market  —  You knew it was coming.  —  We've been headed here for a while.  But this was the year it actually happened: Advertisers spent more on digital than traditional TV.

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Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
It's go time for Go Zoho!  —  It's not often that you hear of a tech company taking a vintage Airstream trailer on the road to help users in their own neighborhood.  Then again, Zoho's no ordinary tech company.

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