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December 4, 2018, 3:35 PM

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Zac Bowden / Windows Central:
Sources: Microsoft is building a Chromium-powered web browser that will replace Edge as the default browser on Windows 10  —  Microsoft is throwing in the towel with Edge and is building a new web browser for Windows 10, this time powered by Chromium.  —  Microsoft's Edge web browser …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft open sources its most popular Windows UX frameworks and says the first preview of .NET Core 3.0 is now available  —  Microsoft is open sourcing WPF, Windows Forms and Win UI via GitHub and making available the first public preview of Visual Studio 2019.
Adam D'Angelo / The Quora Blog:
Quora says it discovered a data breach on Nov. 30 affecting about 100M users, exposing names, email addresses, hashed passwords, and other non-public content  —  We recently discovered that some user data was compromised as a result of unauthorized access to one of our systems by a malicious third party.
Politico:
Sources: officials at NRCC, the House GOP's campaign arm, had several months' worth of emails stolen in 2018 by what some think was a nation-state hacker  —  Republican leaders were not informed until POLITICO contacted committee officials about the incident.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
DuckDuckGo study finds that Google personalizes search results even when logged out or using the private browsing incognito mode  —  A study, albeit from competitor DuckDuckGo, finds that Google search results can vary significantly  —  The amount of personalization inherent in any one of Google's …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple discounts iPhone XR by up to $300 for trading in older iPhones, a rare step for new models; source: some marketing staff were reassigned to boost sales  —  - ‘Fire drill,’ trade-in deals come after signs of waning demand  — Analysts look again for what's next beyond the iPhone
James Somers / New Yorker:
Profile of Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat, the only Google Senior Fellows, who joined the company in 1999 and have pair-programmed some of its key infrastructure  —  Coding together at the same computer, Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat changed the course of the company—and the Internet.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Fortnite-maker Epic Games announces a PC and Mac game store to rival Steam's, coming “soon”, with 88% of revenue going to developers, up from 70% on Steam  —  Fortnite-maker Epic Games is capping off their insanely successful 2018 with an even more ambitious product launch …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google launches Flutter 1.0, its Android and iOS mobile app SDK, as Square announces two new Flutter SDKs for easy payments  —  At Flutter Live in London today, Google launched version 1.0 of Flutter, the company's open source mobile UI framework that helps developers build native interfaces for Android and iOS.
Thenmozhi Soundararajan / New York Times:
After Jack Dorsey's trip to India and encounter with the harassment Dalits face on Twitter, it's time to include minorities in talks of platform accountability  —  Dalits and other Indian gender, religious, tribal and ethnic minorities are regularly harassed on Twitter by right-wing troll armies.
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
Inside Google's Area 120, the company's in-house startup incubator founded in 2016 that has since greenlighted about 50 projects by Google employees  —  Google's “20% time“-the long-standing perk that invites employees to carve off a fifth of their working hours to devote to personal projects …
Anna Hensel / VentureBeat:
Facebook schedules F8 2019 for April 30-May 1 in San Jose  —  Developers, mark your calendars: Facebook announced today that its annual F8 conference will be held on April 30 - May 1, 2019 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, CA.  —  Though Facebook hasn't released the official schedule yet …
Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:
AOL owner Oath agrees to a ~$5M settlement over charges its ad exchange placed targeted ads on websites directed to kids, violating a federal privacy law  —  Oath, the owner of AOL and Yahoo, has agreed to pay about $5 million to settle charges from the New York attorney general …
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
2018 State of European Tech report: funding reached a record $23B, all-male founders get 93% of capital, and almost 50% women suffer discrimination in workplace  —  The 2018 State of European Tech report, now in its fourth year, was released today.  Assembled by investment firm Atomico …

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