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December 3, 2018, 6:20 AM

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Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Ming-Chi Kuo: updated AirPods with wireless charging support and upgrades to the Bluetooth spec to launch in Q1 2019, an all-new design model coming in Q1 2020  —  The AirPods truly-wireless earbuds are on track to be Apple's best growth product for the foreseeable future, according to Ming-Chi Kuo.
The Information:
Sources: Uber has recently held talks about possible acquisitions with scooter startups Bird and Lime  —  Uber has held talks recently with electric scooter rental startup Bird to acquire the company in what could be a multibillion-dollar deal, said several people briefed on the discussions.
CNN:
Canadian activist sues NSO Group, claims its spyware empowered Saudi officials to access WhatsApp messages with Jamal Khashoggi, possibly leading to his killing  —  London (CNN)In his public writings, Jamal Khashoggi's criticism of Saudi Arabia and its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was measured.
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
How Amazon is limiting the ability of popular brands to sell independently via its Marketplace, if they also want to sell their goods directly via Amazon itself  —  Some companies are choosing to end their relationship with Amazon rather than cave to the online retailer's demands.
Boris Hristov:
As Bitcoin bulls cite past recoveries, the amount of money lost in the last bubble raises the question of where funds for another BTC surge may come from  —  The crypto market correction turned winter will soon mark its first year.  Over the last months, many folks have posted tables …
Brian Dowling / Xconomy:
Aras, which provides product lifecycle management software for large manufacturing companies like Airbus and GE, has raised $70M Series D led by Goldman Sachs  —  Aras, a “product lifecycle management” software company based in Andover, MA, has raised $70 million in a Series D investment round led by Goldman Sachs.
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Bangkok-based enterprise messaging startup Eko Communications raises $20M Series B as it eyes European and US expansion, says it has 500K+ recurring paid users  —  After focusing on Asian markets, particularly in Southeast Asia, Bangkok-based Eko Communications is getting ready to take on Slack …
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Anna Escher / TechCrunch:
Brazil-based QuintoAndar, an online marketplace for long term rentals, raises $64M Series C led by General Atlantic, bringing the total funding raised to $95M  —  Anna Escher @https://www.twitter.com/annaescher / 8 hours  —  There's quite a bit wrong with real estate in Brazil, according to QuintoAndar founder and CEO Gabriel Braga.
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