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December 1, 2018, 1:30 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.
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 …
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
Apple approves Indian telecom regulator's “TRAI DND - Do Not Disturb” app that lets users block unwanted phone calls and text messages, avoiding iPhone ban  —  Fed up with years of waiting for Apple to implement anti-spam measures for iPhones, India's telecom regulator TRAI threatened …
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.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Google's Pixel Slate shows that tablets need an optimized OS because using Android apps designed for phones on Chrome OS, meant for laptops, is a buggy mess  —  Like almost every company that's ever tried to build a tablet  —  What is a tablet?  What is a tablet supposed to be and do?
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.
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 …
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.

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Google Cloud:
What does the future of cloud computing hold  —  and what does this mean for businesses?  We looked at the data, talked to luminaries, and listened to customers across the world.  Here's what they said.

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