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December 5, 2017, 9:35 PM

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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 …
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.
Jeremy Burge / Emojipedia:
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:
AT&T says its OTT streaming service DirecTV Now has surpassed 1M subscribers, just over a year after its launch  —  AT&T this morning announced that its over-the-top streaming service DirecTV Now has surpassed the one million subscriber mark, with the milestone coming in just a little bit …
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 …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
With Messenger Kids' launch, Facebook doesn't share how it will monetize the service or if parents will have access to all data collected about their families  —  It's all about the data  —  In 1998, as the internet began to spread across the country, Congress passed the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA.
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