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December 17, 2017, 5:20 AM

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Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
After slipping an unexplained promotional plugin for the TV show Mr. Robot into Firefox and angering users, Mozilla will move the extension to its add-on store  —  This week, Mozilla slipped a browser extension that promoted Mr. Robot into Firefox.  The goal was to give Firefox users access …
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
In 2017, big tech platforms began accepting some responsibility for negatively affecting the real world, but questions remain about companies' next steps  —  This was a terrible year for the tech industry.  —  That's an odd thing to say at a time of record growth and profits.
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:
Ty Pendlebury / CNET:
Google Home Max review: the best-sounding smart speaker yet, but it's too expensive for mass appeal at $399  —  Review Sections  —  Review  —  Prices  — CNET - Audio - Speakers - Google Home Max  —  The Google Home Max is not the first smart speaker to aim for better audio quality …
Sucheta Kulkarni / The Keyword:
Google Maps for Android and iOS get 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.
Wall Street Journal:
Profile of US investment firm Voleon, which has $1.8B under management and has been using machine learning to pick stocks since 2007 with mixed success  —  Voleon is among investors deploying machine learning, a technology in which computers develop trading strategies.  It's harder than it sounds.
Felix Salmon / Nieman Lab:
The meteoric rise of bitcoin and difficulty in tracing ownership make disclosures from journalists and the experts they quote even more important  —  2018 will be the year of inadequate bitcoin disclosures.  —  In April 2013, Farhad Manjoo (then at Slate, now at The New York Times) …
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 …
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.

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Announcing Zoho Mail Desktop Lite Client  —  Get the best of both worlds.  —  There are times when you can't afford distractions while communicating over email.  This is especially true in the case of business emails …

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