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November 30, 2018, 4:15 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.
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 …
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 …
David Bixenspan / Gizmodo:
How the risk of costly copyright litigation affects Internet Archive and lets webmasters remove archived sites without DMCA notices simply by using robots.txt  —  On the internet, there are certain institutions we have come to rely on daily to keep truth from becoming nebulous or elastic.
Erika Kinetz / Associated Press:
Over 200 car manufactures operating in China, including Tesla, BMW, and Ford, are sending position info and other data to government-backed monitoring centers  —  SHANGHAI (AP) — When Shan Junhua bought his white Tesla Model X, he knew it was a fast, beautiful car.

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