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December 15, 2017, 8:20 AM

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Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
FCC votes to dismantle Obama administration's net neutrality rules in a 3-2 vote; Ajit Pai says rollback is “helping consumers and promoting competition”  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to dismantle landmark rules regulating the businesses …
Tony Romm / Recode:
A coalition of state attorneys general, led by the New York AG, pledge to sue the FCC for repealing net neutrality rules  —  States like Washington and New York are gearing up to fight the FCC's recent repeal  —  The United States is about to go to war with itself over net neutrality.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
The inability of Ajit Pai and Republican FCC commissioners to make a fact-based case for repeal of popular net neutrality rules will be a problem for GOP  —  Killing net neutrality isn't just bad policy, it's bad politics  —  Well, it happened.  —  Republican Ajit Pai's FCC voted 3-2 …
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
Amazon says it will start selling Apple TV and Google Chromecast again, two years after removing them  —  Amazon said Thursday that it will again be selling Apple TV and Google Chromecast devices, two video-streaming gadgets the e-commerce giant removed from its site two years ago and that compete with its own Fire TV products.
Sarah Knapton / Telegraph:
Google AI team helps NASA identify a new planet in the Kepler-90 star system, found with the aid of a neural network using data from the Kepler Space Telescope  —  Google has previously discovered lost tribes, missing ships and even an forgotten forest.  But now it has also found two entire planets.
Paresh Dave / Reuters:
Alphabet's X inks deal with the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh to install 2,000 boxes that provide high-speed wireless internet using light beams  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's X research division said on Thursday that India's Andhra Pradesh state government would buy …
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
“Triton” malware, likely the work of a nation-state, found in Schneider Electric industrial safety systems often used in nuclear, oil and gas plants  —  (Reuters) - Hackers likely working for a nation-state recently invaded the safety system of a critical infrastructure facility …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Samsung plans to launch a smart speaker for ~$200, running Bixby and focusing on audio quality and connected device management, in first half of 2018  —  Company considering undercutting Apple with price around $200  —  Speaker to run Bixby and focus on sound quality, home devices
Dan Primack / Axios:
Shervin Pishevar says he has resigned from Sherpa Capital effective immediately  —  Venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar has left Sherpa Ventures, the San Francisco-based firm he co-founded in 2013, following multiple allegations of sexual harassment.  He has denied all of the claims …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple launches its podcast analytics service in beta, which only tracks data from iOS 11 and iTunes 12.7 users  —  At WWDC this year, Apple announced it would soon offer its own podcast analytics service for show creators who publish on Apple Podcasts.  Today, that service has launched into beta …
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
Motherboard and Vice to build and document a Brooklyn community internet that will connect to NYC mesh network and will not rely on a traditional ISP  —  The net neutrality battle has been exhausting.  It has come at enormous cost in time, energy, attention, and money.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Canary and Canary Flex cameras will be updated to add AI-powered person detection and more AI features in coming months  —  More AI-powered features are coming soon  —  Both the Canary and Canary Flex home security cameras are being updated with a new, AI-driven feature today: person detection.
Richard Gao / Android Police:
Essential Phone's camera app has been downloaded ~50K times, according to Google Play, suggesting sales have been weak  —  By now, it should be apparent that the Essential Phone hasn't sold in the numbers that Andy Rubin and co. had thought it would.  Having started at an MSRP of $699 …

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