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December 16, 2017, 3:10 PM

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Johana Bhuiyan / Recode:
Unsealed letter by attorney of former Uber security employee Richard Jacobs, released in Uber-Waymo trial, claims Uber spied on competitors and employees  —  The letter has been submitted as evidence in Alphabet's lawsuit against Uber.  —  A 37-page letter that details allegations …
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:
Jacobs' letter alleges corporate espionage, unlawful surveillance, wiretapping, bribery, and illicit hacking by Uber; Jacobs walked back some claims under oath  —  The judge in the $1.9 billion civil suit between Alphabet's self-driving car unit Waymo and Uber released the letter …
Nikhil Chandhok / The Keyword:
Google releases ARCore Developer Preview 2 and says it is ending support for Project Tango  —  Augmented reality is a powerful way to bring the physical and digital worlds together.  AR places digital objects and useful information into the real world around us, which creates a huge opportunity …
Sucheta Kulkarni / The Keyword:
Google Maps for Android gets a new public transit navigation feature that sends users notifications when they need to get off the bus or train  —  Traveling on a bus or train is the time for you to do your best music-listening, news-reading, and social-media scrolling ... as long as you don't miss your stop.
Nathan Heller / New Yorker:
A look at how Estonia is building a digital society, with projects such as e-Estonia that move bureaucratic processes online for its 1.3M citizens  —  Its government is virtual, borderless, blockchained, and secure.  Has this tiny post-Soviet nation found the way of the future?
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Holographic capture startup 8i, maker of Holo AR app for iOS and Android, says it is laying off up to half of its 70 full-time employees  —  New Zealand- and Los Angeles-based holographic capture startup 8i is having significant layoffs that could impact more than 30 staffers.
More: TechCrunchThanks:@jank0
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Apple says iTunes won't be available in the Microsoft Store by the end of 2017, as originally planned; new timeline for release is unclear  —  Sorry, Windows 10 S users.  Apple confirms that iTunes won't make it into the Microsoft Store this year, as Microsoft and Apple originally promised.
Ryan Vlastelica / MarketWatch:
Online broker TD Ameritrade says it will begin allowing trading of Cboe's Bitcoin futures on Monday  —  TD Ameritrade on Friday said it would open trading for the recently launched bitcoin futures contract on Cboe Group Inc., following what it said was “standard protocol” for granting access to any futures product.
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he will use the Congressional Review Act to force a vote on FCC's net neutrality rules repeal  —  (D-N.Y.) said Friday that he intends to force a vote on a bill that would preserve Obama-era net neutrality rules, which the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided to repeal this week.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Facebook:
Facebook, citing academic research, says people “passively consuming” social media feel worse afterwards while active interaction improves well-being  —  By David Ginsberg, Director of Research, and Moira Burke, Research Scientist at Facebook  —  With people spending …

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