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December 19, 2017, 8:55 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 …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft rolls out latest Windows 10 test build with Timeline feature and begins work on enabling Progressive Web Apps on Windows 10 with Edge  —  Microsoft's latest ‘Redstone 4’ test build, 17063, includes includes its promised Timeline feature, the start of Edge support for Progressive Web Apps …
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.”
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.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft Store removes Google Chrome Installer app, which only directed users to a download link, citing violation of Store policies  —  Google published a Chrome app in the Windows Store earlier today, which just directed users to a download link to install the browser.
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Facebook adds HTC Vive, SteamVR, and Windows desktop support to beta of Spaces, its first VR chat app  —  In a major about-face for the virtual reality teams at Facebook, the company announced a surprise Tuesday update to its VR “Spaces” app.  The social media service's first VR chat app …
Cody Toombs / Android Police:
Google Play Store to require apps to target SDK no more than one year older than current release starting late 2018; new, native apps must offer 64-bit in 2019  —  The Play Store created some controversy last month after announcing plans to remove apps that used Accessibility Services …
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 …
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.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
YouTube signs new long-term agreement with Universal Music Group over music rights, royalty rates; sources say Sony Music signed new agreement with YouTube, too  —  New Universal, Sony agreements allow video uploads to continue  —  Deals establish royalty rates between YouTube, rights holders
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Rep. Marsha Blackburn proposes bill to ban site blocking and throttling but allow fast lanes and bar FCC from regulating ISPs as common carriers under Title II  —  FCC would be permanently barred from using Title II authority over broadband.  —  A Republican lawmaker is proposing …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Prompted by the “de-badging” of Milo Yiannopoulos, internal emails show confusion among Twitter execs over user verification policies and meaning of the badge  —  Emails suggest that verification was never quite what Twitter said it was and that the company was aware it served …

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