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December 21, 2017, 10:15 AM

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New York Times:
Job ads aimed at age groups on platforms including Facebook raise questions of age discrimination, prompt lawsuit; Amazon, LinkedIn change methods after query  —  This article was written through collaboration between The New York Times and ProPublica, the independent, nonprofit investigative journalism organization.
Rob Goldman / Facebook:
Facebook says aged-based targeting for employment is an accepted industry practice, disagrees with allegations that the ads are discriminatory  —  Our view on age-based targeting for employment ads  —  In the last year ProPublica has uncovered a number of different flaws in our advertising systems.
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Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing says it has raised $4B from undisclosed backers, which will be used for AI and international expansion  —  China's Didi Chuxing, the country's top ride-hailing company, said today that it has raised $4 billion in new capital to support a range …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple confirms Geekbench analysis that shows it manages power demands on iPhones with older batteries to avoid shutdowns, saying it added the feature last year  —  Because of a Reddit post and the loose interpretation of subsequent benchmark tests posted by Primate Labs' John Poole, the …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Mozilla releases Firefox for Fire TV, touts ability to launch popular video sites like YouTube amid Amazon-Google feud over YouTube access on Amazon's devices  —  An alternative workaround to the Amazon-Google feud  —  Amid Amazon and Google's bitter and self-defeating feud over the right …
Miranda Green / CNN:
US government says two Romanian hackers operating outside the US infiltrated 65% of the outdoor surveillance cameras operated by Washington DC police in January  —  Washington (CNN)Two Romanian hackers infiltrated nearly two-thirds of the outdoor surveillance cameras in Washington, DC …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Twitter now lets users set up third-party apps, such as 1Password or Authy, for two-factor authentication as an alternative to SMS  —  Twitter has announced an important change to how it handles two-factor authentication for new logins on its service.  Twitter now lets you use third-party apps …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple updates rules to let small businesses use template-based apps under certain conditions, will waive dev fee in 2018 for government and nonprofit apps in US  —  Apple today announced it's amending the App Store guideline that banned apps created using templates and other app generation services.
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Plan to vote on bill for long-term reauthorization of key NSA surveillance program loses support from House Republicans  —  House Republicans have abandoned plans to vote on a long-term reauthorization of a powerful government authority to conduct foreign surveillance on U.S. soil …
Brittany A. Roston / SlashGear:
Amazon says Music storage subscription service, which let users upload their own music, to be retired on Jan. 15; uploaded music will remain until Jan. 2019  —  Amazon is planning to retire its Music storage subscription service, the plan that enabled Amazon customers to upload their own music to the company's servers.

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