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December 26, 2017, 5:30 PM

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Washington Post:
Sources: years after FBI began tracking Russian disinformation efforts and US intelligence agencies drew up counter operations, the US still equivocates  —  The first email arrived in the inbox of CounterPunch, a left-leaning American news and opinion website, at 3:26 a.m. — the middle of the day in Moscow.
Chris Hamby / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Safran, which sells fingerprint-analysis software used by FBI, 18K+ US law enforcement agencies, didn't disclose some code was from Kremlin-linked firm  —  In a secret deal, a French company purchased code from a Kremlin-connected firm, incorporated it into its own software …
Amazon.com:
Amazon: in record-breaking holiday Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick with Alexa remote were #1 and #2 top sellers with “tens of millions of Alexa-enabled devices” sold  —  Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote were the #1 and #2 top-selling products across all categories on Amazon
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Uber to sell US subprime auto-leasing business, Xchange Leasing, to car marketplace Fair.com; net book value of Xchange's 30K+ vehicles was ~$400M  —  Ride-hailing firm had planned to wind down the business after losses  —  Uber Technologies Inc. has agreed to sell …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
WhatsApp will drop BlackBerry OS and Windows Phone support on December 31  —  WhatsApp has detailed its plans for older mobile operating systems, with less than a week before the end of the year.  The Facebook-owned app will end support for BlackBerry OS (including BlackBerry 10) and Windows Phone 8.0 (and older) on December 31, 2017.
Bloomberg:
Baidu is suing its former autonomous driving chief Wang Jing and his startup JingChi for alleged intellectual property theft  —  Search giant targets exec's startup JingChi in new lawsuit  —  Legal action has parallels with Waymo's suit against Uber  —  Baidu Inc. is suing …
Dave Smith / Business Insider:
HQ Trivia arrives on Android in limited beta and says its goal is full availability by January 1  —  - The app's makers say they are working to get HQ Trivia in the hands of all Android users on January 1, 2018.  —  HQ Trivia, the hottest iPhone game of 2017, previously said it would release an Android version in time for Christmas.

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