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December 11, 2017, 4:20 PM

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TechCrunch:
Apple confirms Shazam acquisition; sources say deal was for about $400M, and Snap and Spotify also expressed interest  —  After we broke the story last week that Apple was acquiring London-based music and image recognition service Shazam, Apple confirmed the news today.
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Google's Home Max smart speaker goes on sale for $399  —  Google's biggest speaker is shipping right now at Best Buy and Verizon.  —  The biggest Google Home is finally on its way to stores.  The $399 Google Home Max was announced at Google's October 4th hardware event alongside the Google Home Mini …
Bloomberg:
Microsoft releases a free preview of its Quantum Computing Development Kit, which includes the Q# programming language, compiler, and simulator  —  Software giant releases a quantum programming language and simulator, but still has no working computer  —  In the race to commercialize …
TechCrunch:
An unofficial, knockoff version of the MyEtherWallet digital wallet app became the third most popular paid app in the finance category on the iOS App Store  —  An app masquerading as MyEtherWallet.com, one of the internet's most popular services for storing ETH and other crypto coins …
Stan Higgins / CoinDesk:
Restaurant review startup Munchee halts ICO after SEC investigation, which said in cease-and-desist order that the firm's tokens were unregistered securities  —  A California-based company has refunded a $15 million initial coin offering following an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Wall Street Journal:
US bitcoin futures start trading on CBOE, a week ahead of futures rollout at rival CME Group; bitcoin's price climbed ~8% in first seven minutes of trading  —  Exchange provider's website experienced outages from heavy traffic  —  The first bitcoin futures started trading Sunday …
Danny Crichton / TechCrunch:
LiDAR autonomous sensor startup Ouster announces $27M Series A led by auto powerhouse Cox Enterprises  —  Angus Pacala has had a lifelong passion for autonomous cars going all the way back to high school.  A little more than a decade ago, he followed the launch of the DARPA Grand Challenge …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Menlo Security, which blocks malware using its cloud-based isolation platform, raises $40M Series C  —  Cybersecurity startup Menlo Security has closed a $40 million series C round of funding from American Express Ventures, Ericsson Ventures, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, General Catalyst …
Caroline Mimbs Nyce / The Atlantic:
How a 2001 retreat in Snowbird, Utah led to the Agile Manifesto and Agile software development practices widely used across the industry  —  Snowbird, Utah, is an unlikely place to mount a software revolution.  Around 25 miles outside Salt Lake City, Snowbird is certainly no Silicon Valley …
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