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November 28, 2018, 2:15 AM

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Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed News:
Ex-Facebook staffer Mark Luckie posts 2,500-word memo detailing Facebook's “black people problem”, originally shared internally before his last day in November  —  In a 2,500 word internal memo released publicly this morning, former Facebook employee Mark S. Luckie delivered …
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon says it's starting to sell text analysis software to mine medical records for info that doctors and hospitals can use to improve treatment and cut costs  —  The move is the latest by a technology company to tap the health care market  —  Amazon.com Inc. AMZN .01% is starting …
Google Employees Against Dragonfly:
In an open letter, 320+ Google employees join Amnesty International in calling on Google to cancel Project Dragonfly, its censored search engine for China  —  We are Google employees and we join Amnesty International in calling on Google to cancel project Dragonfly, Google's effort to create …
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
The DOJ indicts eight men on charges related to a global ad fraud scheme discovered with the help of about 15 tech companies, including Google and White Ops  —  In August 2017, the FBI organized a secret meeting of digital advertising and cybersecurity experts in a secure room in a Manhattan federal building.
David Floyd / CoinDesk:
Tether reopens account verification for new customers and allows redemption of fiat currency, after suspending its wallet service in Nov. 2017 following hack  —  Tether Ltd., the controversial issuer of the tether stablecoin (USDT), which aims for parity with the U.S. dollar …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google says Fast Pair, its Bluetooth pairing spec, now pairs Bluetooth accessories across devices sharing a Google account and will support Chromebooks in 2019  —  Earlier this month, Google released a Fast Pair Validator app on the Play Store to help Bluetooth manufacturers support Android's seamless Bluetooth pairing solution.
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Apple's SCOTUS case is about the plaintiff's standing to sue; Apple may prevail, but that doesn't mean App Store isn't a monopoly or rent-seeking isn't growing  —  Yesterday the Supreme Court held a hearing in the case Apple Inc. v. Pepper.  “Pepper” is Robert Pepper, an Apple customer who …
Tom Krazit / GeekWire:
AWS debuts AWS Ground Station, a cloud service for satellite operators, says it will construct new ground-based facilities to allow high data speeds from space  —  Space is hard, and getting data to and from orbiting satellites can be even harder.  Amazon Web Services just launched …
Tom Krazit / GeekWire:
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Elizabeth Schulze / CNBC:
Uber fined ~$1.17M by British and Dutch authorities for a 2016 data breach and cover-up that exposed the personal details of 2.7M British and 174K Dutch users  —  - Uber was fined a combined $1.17 million by British and Dutch authorities Tuesday for a 2016 data breach and cover-up that exposed …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Salesforce reports Q3 earnings of $3.39B, up 26% YoY, vs. $3.36B est., and Sales Cloud revenue of $1.02B, up 11% YoY; stock up 7%+ after hours  —  Salesforce sees strong growth ahead, but its fourth quarter outlook was mixed.  —  Salesforce delivered strong results as it continues to benefit …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Pixel Slate review: nice hardware, including great speakers, but its Chrome OS software is riddled with bugs, and Android app integration still needs work  —  Great hardware undone by a hundred tiny software indignities  —  The tricky thing about Google's new Pixel Slate is that it checks …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft's multi-factor authentication service goes down for the second week in a row, causing problems for a number of Office 365 and Azure users  —  Another Microsoft's Azure Active Directory multi-factor authentication service outage is causing problems for a number of Office 365 users.

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