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December 16, 2017, 10:05 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 Waymo and Uber released the letter of a disgruntled former employee on Friday …
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 …
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 …
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 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.
Justina Lee / Bloomberg:
Male-dominated cryptocurrency industry is slowly starting to open up to women; four out of 30 largest ICOs this year through October had female co-founders  —  Two largest ICOs yet are by companies co-founded by women  —  ‘Very welcoming to anyone who drinks the Kool-Aid:’ Morales
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?
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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