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December 8, 2017, 11:20 PM

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TechCrunch:
Sources: Apple to acquire music recognition app Shazam; one source puts the deal at about $400M; Shazam's post-money valuation after its 2015 funding was $1.02B  —  As Spotify continues to inch towards a public listing, Apple is making a move of its own to step up its game in music services.
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Jony Ive, Apple's chief design officer, is returning to his management role within Apple's design group after handing off managerial duties in 2015  —  Jony Ive, Apple's chief design officer, is returning to his management role within Apple's design group after handing off managerial duties …
First Round Capital:
Survey: for first time more founders say sales leaders, not engineers, are hardest to hire; 53% say investors have more sway in deals, compared to 39% in 2016  —  Every year, we survey as many venture-backed startup founders as possible to figure out what it's like to run a technology company right now.
Ted Johnson / Variety:
FCC formally refuses to hand over any data or logs in New York attorney general's inquiry into fake net neutrality comments  —  WASHINGTON — The FCC is declining New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's request to turn over records related to the agency's net neutrality proceeding, citing concerns over privacy and security.
Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:
Uber has settled the lawsuit with a woman whose medical files the company accessed after she was raped by Uber driver in India  —  The woman, who was raped by her Uber driver in India, sued the company for intrusion of privacy and defamation.  —  Uber has settled a lawsuit with a woman who was raped by her Uber driver in India.
Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Sources: during a talk at a private party, Elon Musk said Tesla is developing specialized AI hardware “that we think will be the best in the world”  —  - At a private party on Thursday, Elon Musk spoke boldly about Tesla's upcoming custom artificial intelligence hardware.
Becky Peterson / Business Insider:
Craigslist now lets sellers indicate they will accept cryptocurrencies as payment  —  - Craigslist just added a new button where sellers can indicate that they'll take cryptocurrencies as payment.  — The notoriously minimalist site won't process the payments.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google says its employees and its philanthropic arm Google.org donated $260M to nonprofits in 2017  —  In light of hurricanes, attacks, and other disasters this year, Google has provided aid through donations and employee matching initiatives.  In 2017, employees and the Google.org philanthropic arm gave $260 million to nonprofits.

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