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December 19, 2017, 11:15 AM

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Thomas P. Bossert / Wall Street Journal:
In op-ed, Trump's homeland security adviser Thomas Bossert says North Korea was behind the WannaCry ransomware cyberattack in May  —  The massive cyberattack cost billions and put lives at risk.  Pyongyang will be held accountable.  —  Cybersecurity isn't easy, but simple principles still apply.
New York Times:
Microsoft backs Senate bill to address sexual harassment, eliminates forced arbitration agreements with employees who make such claims  —  SEATTLE — The wave of sexual harassment claims has toppled powerful men in entertainment, media and politics.  Now, it is also creating permanent changes …
Reuters:
WhatsApp told to stop sharing user data with Facebook by French data protection authority; WhatsApp has one month to comply or potentially face sanctions  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - France's data privacy watchdog may fine messaging app WhatsApp if it does not comply with an order to bring …
Elan Feingold / Plex Labs:
Plex launches Plexamp, a Winamp-inspired standalone music player for macOS and Windows that can play “just about any music format” and includes visualizers  —  As we mentioned on the blog post introducing Plex Labs, one of the things we're using Medium for is a venue for talking …
Joaquin Quiñonero Candela / Facebook:
Facebook will now use facial recognition technology to alert users when someone uploads their photos without tagging them  —  Today we're announcing new, optional tools to help people better manage their identity on Facebook using face recognition.  Powered by the same technology we've used …
John Poole / Geekbench:
Geekbench data shows correlation between old iPhone batteries and reduced performance, suggesting iOS slows down iPhones with old batteries to avoid shutdowns  —  A Reddit post from last week has sparked a discussion regarding iPhone performance as a function of battery age.
The Economic Times:
India's ride-hailing service Ola acquires FoodPanda India from Germany's Delivery Hero, and will invest $200M to take on rival UberEats, Zomato, and Swiggy  —  Saurabh Kochhar, former CEO of Foodpanda India has left the company and Pranay Jivrajka, founding partner at Ola has been appointed as the interim CEO of Foodpanda
Chris Sonderby / Facebook:
Facebook transparency report for H1 2017: account data requests up 21% globally YoY to ~79K; 57% of US requests included order banning FB from notifying users  —  Today we are releasing our Transparency Report, previously called the Government Requests Report, for the first half of 2017.
Wall Street Journal:
Waymo teams up with Trov to insure riders in its self-driving vehicles for lost and damaged property and trip-related medical expenses  —  Trov will work with Waymo to insure its riders for lost and damaged property, trip-related medical expenses  —  Waymo LLC, the driverless-car unit …
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Dustin Volz / Reuters:
Kaspersky Lab sues the Trump administration in US court, arguing it was deprived of due process rights when DHS banned its software from US government agencies  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Moscow-based anti-virus company Kaspersky Lab sued the Trump administration in U.S. federal court on Monday …

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