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December 19, 2017, 1:00 PM

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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Louise Lucas / Financial Times:
A look at the investment strategies of Tencent and Alibaba as the Chinese tech giants invest billions abroad and tens of billions at home  —  Teens' top tech addiction.  America's most visionary carmaker.  Sweden's global music streaming service.  —  Chinese internet group Tencent …

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Another day, another cyber security threat. eero keeps your network protected.  —  VPNFilter is the latest router-based malware and is estimated to affect over 500,000 consumer routers.
Zoho:
Planned maintenance of our US Data Center: July 7th, 2018 - 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST  —  We have planned a network infrastructure upgrade on our primary data center in the USA on July 7th, 2018 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM PST.

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