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November 30, 2018, 11:55 AM

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Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Marriott International says 500M records from the guest reservation database of Starwood Hotels were stolen in a massive data breach  —  Starwood Hotels has confirmed its hotel guest database of about 500 million customers has been stolen in a data breach.  —  The hotel and resorts giant …
Day One: The Amazon Blog:
Apple Music will be available on Amazon Echo devices beginning the week of December 17  —  Apple Music is coming to Echo devices in the coming weeks.  —  Music has always been one of Alexa's most popular features and today we're excited to announce that Apple Music will be available on Echo devices beginning the week of December 17.
New York Times:
Sources say Sandberg asked Facebook staff to research George Soros's finances, though she denied knowledge of hiring Definers, the firm tasked to research Soros  —  Sheryl Sandberg asked Facebook's communications staff to research George Soros's financial interests in the wake …
Liz Moyer / CNBC:
SEC settles with Floyd Mayweather and DJ Khaled on charges of promoting ICOs without disclosing payments; Mayweather to pay $600K+ in fees, Khaled to pay $150K+  —  Pro boxer Floyd Mayweather and music producer DJ Khaled pumped up initial coin offerings without telling investors …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram is launching a “Close Friends” list on iOS and Android to let users share Stories with a limited group of friends  —  They're Finstagram Stories  —  No one wants to post silly, racy, or vulnerable Stories if they're worried their boss, parents, and distant acquaintances are watching.
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Techmeme now publishing paid and free “Leaderboards” showing the most influential reporters around a specific news topic  —  Today Techmeme has begun publishing Topic Leaderboards, which list the top authors and publications covering 24 topic areas such as cloud computing, autonomous vehicles …
Yogita Khatri / CoinDesk:
FBI arrests Jared Rice, Sr., CEO of cryptocurrency platform AriseBank, for defrauding investors out of $4M+ and charges him with securities and wire fraud  —  The FBI has arrested the CEO of cryptocurrency platform AriseBank after he was indicted over an alleged multi-million dollar scam.
Davey Alba / BuzzFeed News:
Eight lawmakers send a third letter questioning Rekognition's accuracy, privacy guards, and police use to Jeff Bezos, who has yet to address mounting criticism  —  A group of seven House Democrats sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Thursday demanding details about Amazon Rekognition …
Dan Thorp-Lancaster / Windows Central:
Intel to start distributing drivers for its graphics chips as Universal Windows Drivers, a single driver package that can run on different device types  —  Intel this week announced that, starting this month, it will begin distributing drivers for its products as “modern” Universal Windows Drivers (via Neowin).
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David Bixenspan / Gizmodo:
The Wayback Machine does not challenge takedown requests and its robot.txt policy not only allows crawling to stop but removes a given site's entire history  —  On the internet, there are certain institutions we have come to rely on daily to keep truth from becoming nebulous or elastic.
James Titcomb / Telegraph:
Local reports say Apple has removed 700+ apps, including apps by Sogou and Pinduoduo, from the Chinese App Store for pushing app updates without Apple's review  —  Apple has removed hundreds of iPhone apps from its App Store in China, in the company's latest crackdown in one of its biggest markets.
The Verge:
Alt-right commentator Laura Loomer handcuffed self to Twitter NYC door to protest her ban from the service; NYPD cut cuffs at Loomer's request after a few hours  —  'They may have banned me from Twitter but now I'm handcuffed to Twitter'  —  Earlier this afternoon, alt-right Jewish commentator …

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