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December 19, 2017, 3:30 PM

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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 …
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.
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says he expects AirPod shipments to grow 100% YoY to 26-28M in 2018, with a new model coming out in mid- to late-2018  —  Apple will release an upgraded version of AirPods in the second half of 2018, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
New York Times:
Microsoft backs Senate bill to address sexual harassment and 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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Google launches Chrome app in Microsoft Store that opens itself to the Chrome download page in the default Windows 10 browser  —  Just in case you couldn't Google for it  —  Apple is planning to bring iTunes to the Windows Store next year after delaying its release, but one particular app …
David Katzmaier / CNET:
YouTube TV will launch Roku and Apple TV apps in early 2018  —  Cable TV cord-cutters expecting YouTube TV's full app for Roku and Apple TV devices this year will have to wait a little longer.  —  YouTube TV finally has a full app, but the rollout to various TV devices is taking longer than originally planned.
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google Chrome will start natively blocking ads that do not comply with Coalition for Better Ads guidelines on February 15  —  In June, Google revealed that Chrome will stop showing all ads (including those owned or served by Google) on websites that display non-compliant ads “starting in early 2018.”
Brad Gibson / Best Apple TV:
In its first seven days, Amazon's Prime Video app on Apple TV became the most downloaded of any tvOS app ever on the platform  —  Amazon's recently released Prime Video app was the most downloaded of any tvOS app ever in its first seven days, Apple confirmed Monday through a statement provided by Amazon.
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 …
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.

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