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December 6, 2017, 10:30 PM

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Michael McWhertor / Polygon:
Steam ends support for bitcoin payments citing volatility as fees move toward $20 per transaction vs. ~$0.20 when support via Bitpay was enabled April 2016  —  “It has become untenable to support Bitcoin as a payment option”  —  Valve is ending support for Steam purchases made with bitcoin …
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Qualcomm details Snapdragon 845, the successor to 835: 30% faster graphics, better power efficiency and connectivity, 4K HDR, Secure Processing Unit, more  —  Qualcomm detailed its next-generation chipset, the Snapdragon 845, at a press conference in Hawaii this morning.
Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Lyft launches first self-driving car pilot in Boston; select riders will be paired with a nuTonomy autonomous car, human safety drivers will be behind the wheel  —  Robot taxis by NuTonomy  —  Lyft's first self-driving car pilot is officially underway.  The company is sending autonomous vehicles …
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
How new businesses, including 100K+ with $100K+ sales, are using Amazon to sell electronics and other products, often undercutting established competitors  —  A few weeks ago, Wyze Labs, a one-year-old start-up in Seattle, sent me its first gadget to try.  It's a small, internet-connected video camera …
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:
Amazon Prime Video app launches on Apple TV in 100+ countries, supports 4K HDR and Apple's centralized TV app  —  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 to roll …
Tony Romm / Recode:
Sources: Oracle has lobbied against Google for past year, seeded negative stories on Android privacy, bought billboard spots denouncing internet companies, more  —  Oracle has lobbied aggressively — and seeded negative stories about its search foe — as the two battle in court.
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).
Reuters:
Global Internet Forum tells EU it will work on removing terrorist content within 1-2 hours of upload; EU says more is needed or will move to legislation in 2018  —  (Reuters) - Internet groups such as Facebook (FB.O), Google's YouTube (GOOGL.O) and Twitter (TWTR.N) need to do more to stem …
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