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December 7, 2017, 10:10 PM

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Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Zero-day flaw allowed unauthorized remote access to HomeKit products via iOS 11.2; fix made that limits some functionality, full fix coming in update next week  —  A HomeKit vulnerability in the current version of iOS 11.2 has been demonstrated to 9to5Mac that allows unauthorized control …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Instagram tests standalone private messaging app Direct in Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, and Uruguay to replace inbox; no timeline for global launch  —  Messenger 2.0  —  Instagram is testing a standalone app for private messages called Direct, a first step toward possibly toward …
Lauren Etter / Bloomberg:
How Philippines' President Duterte utilized Facebook, used by 97% of Filipino internet users, to spread his message before weaponizing it to target dissent  —  Rodrigo Duterte walked down the aisle of a packed auditorium at De La Salle University in downtown Manila, shaking hands and waving …
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Patreon says it will reduce pledge fee from 5% to 2.9% but add a $0.35 charge for each individual pledge, causing concern among some creators  —  Patreon announced a new service fee policy that it says will help creators keep more money, but many are worried because they believe it will instead discourage their patrons from pledging.
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Sony says PS4 sales reached 70M units and PlayStation VR sold 2M units worldwide; PS4 now on track to surpass PS3's 80M+ lifetime sales  —  Sony announced today that the PlayStation 4 has hit a major new milestone, surpassing 70 million units sold worldwide.  That puts the console on track to surpass its predecessor very soon.
David Meyer / Fortune:
Bitcoin price reaches $16K+ despite bubble warnings, with a total market capitalization of ~$270B  —  Bitcoin broke through the $15,000 barrier on Thursday morning as it continued what has been a remarkable run even by the cryptocurrency's usual bubblelicious standards.
Dan Primack / Axios:
Boston entrepreneur Laura Fitton becomes first woman on record to accuse Shervin Pishevar of sexual harassment, saying he forcibly kissed her and more in 2011  —  Laura Fitton is a Boston entrepreneur and social marketing executive, known to many early Twitter users as the co-author of Twitter for Dummies.
Shannon Liao / The Verge:
Google adds video responses from celebrities, including Will Ferrell, Gina Rodriguez, and Mark Wahlberg, for popular questions as a trial in US  —  Using selfie-style videos  —  Google today is launching a new search feature that will have celebrities answering commonly searched questions …

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