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December 15, 2017, 12:25 PM

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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:
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
As AOL Instant Messenger shuts down today after 20 years, readers reminisce about the heyday of instant messaging  —  Ars readers reminisce about the heyday of instant messaging.  —  Today, America Online Instant Messenger, better known by its acronym, AIM, went dark after more than two decades of faithful service.
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 …
Paresh Dave / Reuters:
Alphabet's X inks deal with Indian state of Andhra Pradesh to install 2K receiver boxes on rooftops and posts to provide high-speed 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 …
Davide Ghiglione / Financial Times:
Italy's tax agency says Amazon to pay €100M to settle outstanding tax claims covering the period between 2011 and 2015  —  Italy's tax agency - known as Agenzia delle Entrate - said it reached an agreement with Amazon to settle outstanding tax claims covering the period between 2011 and 2015.
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.
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
Sources: SoftBank has been in talks to invest up to $300M in dog-walking app Wag, which raised $40M just eight months ago  —  It shows how SoftBank has affected funding amounts in Silicon Valley.  —  SoftBank has been in talks to invest as much as $300 million in the dog-walking app Wag …
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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.
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Luxembourg says it will challenge EU order that Amazon must repay the country €250M in back taxes  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Luxembourg is challenging a European Union order to recover about 250 million euros ($295 million) in back taxes from Amazon, saying it disagreed …

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Microsoft:
Testing a datacenter under the sea  —  Envisioned to be resilient and self-sustainable, Project Natick enters a new research phase off the Scottish coast.
IBM:
IBM will give $200,000 to a team that can come up with a solution for natural disaster preparedness  —  Call for Code, The initiative for developers to use their mastery of the latest technologies, to build solutions that can change the world.
eero:
Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
It's go time for Go Zoho!  —  It's not often that you hear of a tech company taking a vintage Airstream trailer on the road to help users in their own neighborhood.  Then again, Zoho's no ordinary tech company.

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