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November 30, 2018, 8:00 PM

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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 dating as far back as 2014  —  Starwood Hotels has confirmed its hotel guest database of about 500 million customers has been stolen in a data breach.
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.
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:
Source: Google Hangouts for consumers will be shutting down sometime in 2020  —  According to source familiar with the product's internal roadmap, Google Hangouts for consumers will be shutting down sometime in 2020.  That's not entirely unsurprising since Google essentially ceased development on the app more than a year ago.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Since Satya Nadella became CEO, Microsoft has almost tripled its market cap to $850B+, and on Friday it replaced Apple as the world's most valuable company  —  Just a few years ago, Microsoft was seen as a lumbering has-been of the technology world.  —  It was big and still quite profitable …
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
AT&T plans another, 3-tiered streaming service for Q4 2019 with a movie-focused entry level, a premium level with original programming, and a WarnerMedia bundle  —  AT&T may be ready to sell its stake in Hulu, the company revealed in an analyst presentation on Thursday.
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 …
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 …

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