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December 15, 2017, 1:45 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.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Responses from nine ISPs show few firm commitments to not block, throttle, or prioritize certain data after FCC repeals net neutrality rules  —  Lots of talk, little promise  —  The FCC voted to put an end to net neutrality, giving internet providers free rein to deliver service at their own discretion.
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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 …
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 …
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.

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